Medical vision excels here

October 22, 2013

Sampson’s repertoire of health services is growing once again, with the Nov. 4 opening of a Wound Care Center, yet another sign of the vast care options offered to residents.

We may be small in population, but Sampson is large in its vision and larger still in the array of larger-city offerings provided in a far smaller municipality, particularly in the medical field. There’s our Center for Health and Wellness, our Diagnostic Center, our Cancer Center and now a Wound Care Center, facilities that open the door to local care for patients who, otherwise, have had to travel much longer distances to get the treatments they’ve needed.

In Sampson, traveling is still an option, but it’s no longer a necessity, thanks in large part to the vision of Sampson Regional CEO David Masterson and a pro-active board of trustees who have always been open to looking at the bigger picture, able, if you will, to see the forest for the many trees that often can cloud a person’s view.

The Wound Care Center is a prime example of that willingness to step outside the box, look at the needs of a population and work to meet those needs.

Specializing in the treatment of all wounds, the center will fill a tremendous need in the community, particularly as it relates to diabetic patients who’ve been traveling outside of Sampson to receive services they’ll soon be able to get not too far from their back yard.

The statistics bear out the need. With Sampson County ranking sixth among 100 North Carolina counties for its number of diabetes cases, estimates are that some 2,000 residents are currently either seeing a primary care doctor for treatment of their wounds or traveling outside the county for the service.

That won’t be necessary any more, thanks to the opening of the Wound Care Center, a partnership between the hospital and Healogics, a company that will provide oversight and management of the services. Two local and long-time surgeons — Dr. John Robers and Dr. John McPhail — will be part of the Wound Care team, providing an even greater sense of comfort and security among residents.

The center is a win-win, and something residents should be thrilled to know will be in our midst.

We tip our hat to Masterson, the hospital trustees, Healogics, McPhail, Roberts and all those who have been involved in making this latest medical facility available to Sampson residents.

It is that kind of vision coupled with tremendous team work that brings about amazing results in our small community.

If you look around, we have the best of both worlds — a small town environment with metropolitan-area offerings. It’s something Sampson residents deserve for their continuous commitment to their community, and it is something we are pleased to know leaders are willing to work toward.

Robert Kennedy was once quoted as saying, ” there are those who look at things the way they are and ask why; I dream of things that never were and ask why not.”

In Sampson, our leaders are asking why not and then taking it a step further by making things happen. Residents are the beneficiaries of that kind of vision. We all should be thankful.