Porterville, CA April 28, 2017: Wound Healing is considered a specialty practice in the medical community,
but it is no different than other medical fields when the focus is always
patient-centered care. To provide thorough and effective wound care management,
specialists must have an extensive knowledge in a variety of care fields—from
general surgery to healing processes.
This combined knowledge, background and history in the local medical community
makes the addition of Dr. Russell Dounies to the Sierra View Medical Center
Wound Healing Department a benefit for those in need of chronic wound
care treatment in the San Joaquin Valley.
“We are very excited to welcome Dr. Dounies to his new role of Medical
Director for the Wound Healing Department at Sierra View Medical Center.
He will play a crucial role not only in providing care, but supporting
primary and specialty physicians in managing their patients with wound
management and healing,” said Vice President for Patient Care Services
and Chief Nurse Executive at SVMC, Dr. Jeffery Hudson.
Dr. Dounies began his role as Medical Director with the nationally awarded
SVMC Wound Healing Department on May 1, 2017. He will directly impact
patient care and oversee wound management by making clinical decisions
to determine the best care options.
After receiving his medical degree in 1984 from Loma Linda University,
Dr. Dounies completed his medical training at Kern Medical Center. He
also had the opportunity to train at University of California, San Diego’s
burn unit where he first gained experience in wound care through the treatment
of burn injuries.
“Wound healing is really no different than any other aspect of patient
care. It requires a commitment to the patients. To do all for them that
is likely to be of benefit and not do things that are not likely to be
of benefit,” said Dr. Dounies.
For 14 years, Dr. Dounies practiced as a general surgeon in Visalia where
he began to specialize in breast cancer and melanoma treatment as well
as Oncoplastic surgery—an evolving practice that combines Oncology
with Plastic Surgery methods to ensure the best medical outcome as well
as functional and cosmetic care for patients.
“Dr. Dounies has a longstanding relationship as a leader within the
local healthcare community and is a trusted physician by many that would
regard him as an exceptional provider,” said SVMC Wound Healing
Department Program Director, Geoffrey Empey. “He has a desire to
promote wound healing and inform the medical community as well as citizens
at risk for different diseases associated with chronic wounds, and will
use his longstanding relationships to create a multifaceted approach to
healthcare within the community. “
The Wound Healing Department at SVMC has recently expanded its services
through partnership with the number one medical provider in the nation
for wound healing, Healogics, their implementation of cutting-edge technology
and their collaboration with expert caregivers such as Dr. Dounies.
“As a physician, the most important duty that I have is to provide
patients with compassionate, considerate, sophisticated and modern care.
As medical care becomes ever more complex and sophisticated, this increasingly
requires a coordinated team,” added Dr. Dounies. “In the team
at the Sierra View Wound Care Center, SVMC and Healogics, I have found
a team that shares those values and I look forward to working with them
to serve the medical community and their patients.”