Specialty Care

WhidbeyHealth offers access to expert knowledge and treatment for unique or complicated courses of care. Our Specialty Care providers focus on particular areas of care in which they have extensive training and education. Services include Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Services, Ostomy Care and Wound Care. Physician referral is required for these services.

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Services

WhidbeyHealth Medical Centers MAC Unit offers a Pelvic Floor Dysfunction program staffed by a certified Continence Registered Nurse. One of the most common causes of incontinence is weakness in the pelvic floor muscles. This condition can be treated with a program of exercises and behavioral training that is effective, free of side effects, non-invasive and relatively low in cost.

Symptoms and care for both men and women include:

  • Frequent urination from coughing, lifting, sneezing, etc.
  • Loss of bladder and bowel control
  • Experiencing pelvic pain
  • Suffering from painful intercourse due to vaginismus
  • Pre- and post-prostate surgery benefits for men

 

Ostomy Care

Ostomy nurses are trained to evaluate and recommend pouching systems, develop rehab plans, assist in selecting pre-operative stoma sites with an eye to post-op independence, and offer patients and their families both education and care.

WhidbeyHealth has a certified Ostomy specialist to help patients who:

  • Face ostomy surgery 
  • Are having problems with an ostomy, such as skin irritation, leaking and other concerns
  • Have painful, non-healing wounds or bedsores
  • Experience frequent urination, loss of bladder and/or bowel control

"After surgery, my lifeline to knowledge was my wound-ostomy continence nurse."
Wound Ostomy Continence patient

 

Wound Care

If you have a wound that has not significantly improved during conventional treatment, you are not alone. Millions of Americans experience chronic or non-healing wounds. You can improve your healing at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center, which provides expert wound care. We also treat other wounds that need special attention, such as follow-up care for trauma and burns.

Some causes of chronic wounds:

  • Diabetes
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Poor Circulation
  • Immobility
  • Vascular Disease
  • Infection

 

What should I do if I have a chronic wound?

Visit your healthcare professional to see if you need an evaluation by a nurse who specializes in wound care. The Specialty Care clinic at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center offers a Wound Care Program staffed by registered nurses certified in wound care.

Studies have shown that wounds heal faster and cost less when a certified wound care nurse is involved. Improvement is usually seen in the first week.

Physician referral to this program is required. Health insurance companies and Medicare usually cover the costs of the treatments and most wound care supplies.


For more information on Specialty Care 
at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center,
please call 360.678.7656, ext. 2653 or or 360.321.7656, ext. 2653.