Southeast Georgia Health System Opens New Wound Care Center on Camden Campus

June 29, 2020 – At any given time, nearly six million Americans suffer from a problem wound. The wound may be caused by diabetes, poor circulation, radiation, a pressure sore or injury. Whatever the cause, a slow-healing wound should not be ignored.

Wound Care Center ribbon cutting

Gary Willis can vouch for that. When the St. Marys resident injured himself during a lawn mower accident, his wife insisted he see a doctor. Thinking the wound would heal on its own, Willis waited. When it became infected, Willis, a former Southeast Georgia Health System Camden Advisory Board member, sought medical help. “My surgeon performed a skin graft, then emphatically recommended the Health System’s Wound Care Center,” he says. For several weeks, Willis drove two hours round trip from St. Marys to the Wound Care Center on the Brunswick Campus. “The staff’s professionalism was worth the trip, but the experience would have been more comfortable closer to home,” Willis recalls. Local care for chronic wounds is important since healing requires close monitoring and, oftentimes, multiple treatments.

Willis’s treatment included several sessions in a hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) chamber. The chamber contains 100% oxygen, which hastens healing and stimulates the growth of new blood vessels and tissue. Thanks to HBOT, Willis’s wound healed. Left untreated, it might have developed more serious complications. In some patients, an untreated wound can lead to amputation.

With the opening of a new Wound Care Center on the Health System’s Camden Campus, area residents now have access to the same high quality care available in Brunswick. “Our specialized treatments speed healing so that patients get back to doing the things they enjoy,” says Damon Brantley, M.D., chief of the Department of Surgery at the Camden Campus and a physician at the Wound Care Center.

Similar to the Brunswick facility, Camden’s center is operated in partnership with Healogics, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. The staff includes physicians with advanced training in lingering wounds caused by a variety of conditions and nurses trained in chronic wound care.

After being evaluated to find the underlying cause of the wound, patients receive a personalized treatment plan. This typically includes debridement (removal of dead skin and tissue), a lab test, nutritional counseling and infection management. If needed, they may also receive more advanced treatments, including:

  • Negative pressure wound therapy
  • Bioengineered skin substitutes
  • Biological and biosynthetic dressings
  • Growth factor therapies

“The center offers advanced wound care that stimulates healing, even when you’ve exhausted other options,” says Howard W. Sepp Jr., FACHE, vice president and administrator of the Camden Campus. “It’s yet more evidence of our commitment to making high-quality medical care easily available in Camden County.”

From his perspective as a former patient, Willis wholeheartedly agrees. “Opening a center in Camden demonstrates that the Health System has the technology, knowledge and medical expertise to keep our community healthy. There’s a heightened sense of caring and accountability when they offer these advanced services.”

The Southeast Georgia Health System Camden Campus Wound Care Center was made possible partly because of the community’s generous support of the Georgia HEART rural hospital tax credit program. The HEART program increases access to health care by allowing taxpayers to redirect their Georgia state taxes to rural hospitals and receive a 100% state tax credit.

If you or a loved one need advanced wound care, please call 912-540-6802 to schedule an appointment. To learn more about the HEART program, visit