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Wound Care Services - Deborah's story

 FCMC Wound Center Well Worth The Drive For Hoffman

Deborah Hoffman used the 60-minute commute from her home in Hagerstown, MD to the Fulton County Medical Center's Wound Center to reflect on life.

For the past 10 years she has been treated for venous leg ulcers.

"I taught school for over 40 years and that involved standing a lot," said the affable Hoffman. "I was being treated in Hagerstown."

Then she saw a television commercial about the FCMC Wound Center. She decided a change of venue would do her good.

She made the first trek to Fulton County – "it's like going back in time," says Hoffman – last March. She met twice a week with Dr. Vicki Ellis, who prescribed Unna Boot compression wraps as part of the treatment. Four months later, Hoffman's ulcers have been remedied.

"Do you know what the irony is about having Dr. Ellis as my physician," asked Hoffman. "I had her as a student. She's the reason for my success."

"What a lovely group of ladies (in the Wound Center)," continued Hoffman with a big smile. "The staff is kind and compassionate."

She said the Wound Center is a microcosm of what she experienced every time she came to FCMC: "You don't have to look for a parking spot and people are friendly as soon as you get out of the car," explained Hoffman. "When you come for treatment twice a week for four months, people here become your family. It's easy to learn to love them. I hope this medical center never loses that personal touch."

"It's well worth the drive," Hoffman said.


-Deborah Hoffman