Putnam resident Peter Regas, 69, is no stranger to Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH). “From my birth at Day Kimball Hospital, to a pacemaker surgery performed by Dr. John Modica last year, to cataract surgery performed by Dr. James Dean in January of this year, I have turned to my community hospital for all of my healthcare needs,” said Peter.
After suffering from a fall in the spring of 2019, Peter again thought of Day Kimball Hospital. As a result of the fall, he developed wounds on his leg that were not healing properly. Recognizing that something wasn’t right, he knew it was time to get help. Peter went to his primary care doctor, Dr. Charles Catsam, who referred him to the Wound Healing Center at Day Kimball Hospital.
Dr. Sean Colsen, podiatric surgeon, and Dr. Ronald Franzino, general and laparoscopic surgeon in the Wound Healing Center, identified two main goals for Peter: improving his circulation and treating his wounds.
The wound treatment was comprehensive using both traditional and advanced therapies to accelerate the healing process. A customized care plan was developed for Peter, which included specialized amniotic wound care dressings, compression, and extensive education.
Peter attended the Wound Healing Center for his treatments twice a week. “The treatment and care I received from the Wound Healing Center was 5-star. The wound care providers and nursing staff make you feel like family and are truly dedicated to your care,” said Peter.
Today, Peter’s wounds are completely healed. He was quickly reminded why he chose DKH for his wound care, and credits the Wound Healing Center staff. “I probably would not have made it without them,” Peter reflected. “I have been a DKH patient for almost 70 years. It’s reassuring to know that we have that level of care available so close to home. I couldn’t imagine Northeast Connecticut without DKH.”
With his wound care center days behind him, the next place you’ll find Peter is at local car shows. “I’ve always loved cars. I’ve been in the car business since 1966. I’m someone who believes that you should be passionate about your career, so it made sense to me to combine my love of all things automotive with my job,” said Peter. He looks forward to his continued involvement in the planning of the annual Putnam Main Street Car Cruise, a committee he sits on with Dr. Franzino.
The Wound Healing Center at Day Kimball Hospital provides specialized treatment to facilitate the healing of chronic wounds, such as diabetic foot ulcers, lower extremity venostasis ulcers, poorly healing surgical wounds, and chronically infected wounds.
The clinic is run by a staff of specially trained and certified wound care nurses under the supervision of a physician with special training in wound care. Specialized care at the Wound Healing Center at Day Kimball Hospital is provided by Dr. Sean Colsen, podiatric surgeon, and Dr. Ronald Franzino, a general and laparoscopic surgeon.
(Top - l to r): Dr. Sean Colsen, podiatric surgeon, and Dr. Ronald Franzino, general and laparoscopic surgeon, Jolyne Giles, BSN, RN, WCC, OMS, Clinical Coordinator, from the Wound Healing Center at Day Kimball Hospital and grateful patient, Peter Regas.
(l to r): Members of Peter Regas’ care team in the Wound Healing Center at Day Kimball Hospital, Katie Bruce, RN, Rachelle Davis, RN, Jennifer Stevens, UR/PCT, and Jolyne Giles, BSN, RN, WCC, OMS, Clinical Coordinator.