Understanding Wound Care
The Wound Treatment Centers at WellStar Cobb and WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center offer comprehensive care and management for chronic, non-healing wounds and sores. While both our wound treatment centers offer multi-
disciplinary team approaches to healing chronic wounds, your physician may refer you based your specific care needs (such as burn treatment at Cobb) or by your location preference. As an outpatient, you can expect the highest quality continuum of care and easier commute routes.
WellStar Wound Treatment Centers help heal chronic wounds due to:
Unlike normal wounds, chronic or traumatic open wounds show no significant signs of healing over a period of several weeks. Pain and risk of serious infection are primary concerns. When wounds are not
treated successfully, they can lead to illness, limb loss, or life threatening infection.
Warning signs of a non-healing wound include:
- Persistent, increased pain in the area of the wound
- Discoloration – frequently a dark or bluish color – located near the borders of the wound
- Increased drainage from the wound and/or noticeable odor
- Failure of the wound to heal in six to eight weeks, despite conventional wound care
Chronic wounds require specialized attention and treatment from physicians and nurse specialists who are knowledgeable and certified in wound care.
Your primary care provider may refer you to a WellStar facility for a consultation or to recommend a treatment plan. Your care will then continue at home under the supervision of your primary care provider.
Or, you may be referred a WellStar Wound Treatment Center for individualized care, including physical therapy, for an extended time.
Patients requiring the expertise of podiatrists and vascular surgeons may choose either our Kennestone or Cobb facilities.
At our Cobb facility, patients are treated by plastic surgeons, burn physicians, infectious disease specialists as well as podiatrists and vascular surgeons.
Wound Care Center and JMS Burn Center at Cobb Hospital Campus
JMS Burn Centers, Inc. is one of the nation’s premier burn centers and is based at Doctor’s Hospital in Augusta. With 59 dedicated beds, it is the largest burn center in the United States.
The Wound Treatment Center at WellStar Cobb Hospital is an outlying clinic of JMS Burn Centers, Inc., treating burn injuries every Monday and Thursday beginning at 8:00 a.m. Physicians and team members from JMS Burn Centers, Inc. are available to care for adults and children with first and second degree burns.
Important Information for Patients
The clinic is unable to accommodate a large number of people. Patients are advised to limit their accompaning party to two individuals.
Children and adults with severe burns are seen first. Others are triaged based on severity of their burn. Wait times will vary, so please be patient.
Please do not eat or drink at least six hours before arrival. If you do, this may delay any procedures.
Based upon initial evaluation, the physician may recommend surgical intervention and you will be directed to the Barrett Surgery Center at WellStar Cobb Hospital for your surgical procedure.
Hours of operation for the center is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Calls after 5 p.m will be returned the next
business day.The center is not open on weekends and holidays. Burn patients should call 1-877-863-9595 after hours.
The Wound Care Center and JMS Burn Center inc. clinic is located in Austell, Georgia at 1605 Mulkey Road, Suite 2-210 on the campus of WellStar Cobb Hospital.
Wound Care Center at Kennestone Regional Medical Center Campus
What to Expect at Your First Visit
- Arrive on time for your appointment. New patients are typically scheduled to arrive at 1:30 p.m
- After signing in, you can expect to fill out paperwork including medical history, insurance verification and consent for treatment. You can help speed up the process by having your photo ID and insurance cards ready.
Bring a list of current medications with you.
New patients are scheduled for initial visits starting at 2 p.m. An initial visit usually last an hour and a half. Subsequent visits are typically shorter.
- During an initial visit, a physician will assess your wounds and review your history before developing a plan of action specific to your wound or ostomy needs.
- If you require assistance to transfer in or out of your vehicle or to a treatment chair, please bring a family member with you.
Directions and Parking Information
Directions (From I-75):
- Take exit 267-B, Canton Road Connector.
- Travel south, one mile to Tower Road. Turn right onto Tower Road.
- Turn left at the first traffic light onto Kennestone Hospital Boulevard.
- The Wound Treatment Center is located in Building 310 (second floor) to your left across the Cancer Center.
- There is a drop off area at the front of Building 310. Parking is available in the Cancer Center Parking Lot to your right. You can also circle around Building 310 to the Blue Parking Lot. See parking fees and options below.
The Wound Care Center does not validate parking tickets. Parking fees are as follows:
0-20 minutes - Free
21-60 Minutes - $3
61-120 Minutes - $4
121+ Minutes - $5
Valet - $6
1 Day Pass - $5
8 Day Pass - $25
30 Day Pass - $50
Day passes allow for unlimited visits during any 24 hour period. Visits for multiple day passes are not required to be consecutive and are valid for one calendar year. Passes can be purchased from any parking attendant.
After Hours Call
The Wound Treatment Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from Monday through Friday. You may leave a message on the answering machine. Please note that messages left after 5:30 p.m. will be received the next business day.
Calls to the after-hours pager will be returned between 5:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. from Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
For all medical emergencies please call 911.