Thursday, 23 January 2020 13:03

Saratoga Hospital Adds Wound Healing Specialist

Photo provided by Saratoga Hospital. Photo provided by Saratoga Hospital.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Dr. Lee Ruotsi recently joined Saratoga Hospital as medical director of the hospital’s new wound healing program.

Ruotsi has more than 30 years of experience, most recently as medical director of Catholic Health Centers for Advanced Wound Healing in Western New York. He also served as a wound care and hyperbaric medicine consultant for Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, taught in several residency programs and was program director of the Wound Care Fellowship at Catholic Health System of Buffalo.

Wound healing specialists treat chronic and problematic wounds. These typically affect patients who have diabetes, poor circulation, nerve damage or other conditions, or those who have undergone radiation treatments. Elderly patients also are more likely to need wound care.

“We start by identifying both the cause of the wound and the barriers to healing,” Dr. Ruotsi said. “In addition, we focus on conditions in the wound itself, applying evidence-based care to get the wound into an optimal state of readiness to heal.”

The new wound-healing program is the latest example of Saratoga Hospital’s commitment to add programs and services to keep pace with a changing community.

“We are seeing a growing need for wound healing in the Saratoga region and expect that to continue to increase as the population ages,” said Dr. Richard Falivena, vice president and chief medical and physician integration officer at Saratoga Hospital.

“Dr. Ruotsi is the ideal choice to help us meet this need,” Falivena added. “He has extensive experience in growing and overseeing high-quality wound care programs. Equally important is the way he delivers that care, with an emphasis on dignity, respect and the human touch.”

Ruotsi is board certified in wound care by the American Board of Wound Medicine and Surgery and in undersea and hyperbaric medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine. He also is certified as a wound specialist by the American Board of Wound Management.

In addition, Ruotsi serves on the board of directors of the American Board of Wound Medicine and Surgery and the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel. He is a member of the Wound Healing Society and the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. He also lectures nationally and internationally on topics related to wound care and hyperbaric medicine.

Ruotsi is in practice with Saratoga Hospital Medical Group – Wound Healing. He sees patients at Saratoga Medical Park at Malta. For an appointment, call 518-886-7568.

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