Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center

Joey Papa, MD




Joey Papa, MD

Medical Director, Wound Care
Stamford Health

Letter from the Medical Director of Wound Care

Welcome to the Wound Care Center at Stamford Hospital.  We have partnered with Healogics, Inc. to provide the highest quality wound care in the region. We are an award-winning center recognized as one of the top Healogics centers in the US for consistent excellence in patient care and rates of healing. In fact, we were the first specialty wound care center in the state of Connecticut, and have been serving the Stamford community since 1993.  We pride ourselves on high rates of healing and faster healing times than any other center in the area.  We use a strong, multidisciplinary approach to healing the hard-to-heal chronic wounds, as well as other wounds that can arise from arterial or venous disease, diabetes, pressure, or as a result of trauma or surgery. 

As medical director, I have worked to ensure we stay abreast of new products and treatment modalities to best help our patients.  In addition, we have an amazing team of veteran nurses and an array of medical and surgical specialties on staff to ensure your wound is cared for by an expert.

At Stamford Health, we have a unique approach to treating wounds. If you’ve ever experienced one, you may already know they can be caused by injury, disease (such as diabetes), a surgical incision, poor blood supply to a body area, poor nutrition, or other factors. Most wounds heal naturally over time, but sometimes this process does not happen as it should. Such wounds are referred to as chronic wounds.

At our Center, we offer aggressive treatments for chronic wounds, many of which help to save limbs. Patients receive the highest quality chronic wound treatment available. As a result, patients heal faster and more completely than with traditional wound care. Our caring staff provides what you need to get back on your feet again. This is and always has been our goal.

Putting your healing first since 1993

Our Center was the first specialty wound care treatment center established in Connecticut. Today, we operate with two pressurized hyperbaric chambers that provide pure oxygen therapy for better healing, wound vacs that draw out fluid from the wound and increase blood flow to the area, wound debridement, specialty biologics, and skin grafting. The causes of wounds are complex and our group represents expertise in all of the major areas necessary to handle varied circumstances and challenges. This collaborative approach to your care brings about superior healing results.

Our center is staffed with a unique team of trained physicians that specialize in vascular care, infectious disease, podiatry, and surgical procedures. Along with our experienced nursing staff and hyperbaric technicians, they use advanced therapeutic wound healing technologies and techniques.

If you have a wound that has not healed in 30 days (commonly experienced in people with diabetes), a surgical wound that has become infected, or a sore with increasing pain, redness or swelling, foul odor, or a change in color, you may be referred to Stamford Health’s Wound Care and Hyberbaric Center by a physician or you may make an appointment directly. At our center, you can expect to:

  • Work with a Wound Care physician to complete a history and physical
  • Order diagnostic tests if indicated
  • Determine a plan of care following established clinical practice guidelines for your wounds.
  • Receive treatment focused on the causes, coexisting conditions that affect wound healing, and topical wound management.
  • Have a complete medical record in the form of progress reports delivered to both you and your primary care or referring physician

Through a comprehensive evaluation, physicians and nurses develop an individualized treatment plan devised to provide optimal healing. This plan utilizes advanced treatment opportunities and modalities followed by education and care instructions to help people care for their wounds as an integral part of the program.

Recognized Center

Wound Care Center of Distinction

The Stamford Health Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center has been nationally recognized for delivering the highest standards of care. We were honored to receive a Center of Distinction Award. This award is given to centers that achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for twelve consecutive months, including patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent, a minimum wound healing rate of at least 91 percent within 30 median days to heal, and other quality outcomes.