Veteran Wins War Against Wounds

HARTSVILLE, SC (March 3, 2011) — Paul Hookum, Air Force Veteran, says that non-healing wounds were one of the toughest battles he has ever fought.  After a long hospital stay and with poor circulation in his legs, Hookum began his battle with ischemic ulcers on his feet and pressure sores on his bottom in 2009.

It was a team effort by the staff at The Wound Center at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center involving different forms of treatment to finally heal Mr. Hookum’s debilitating wounds.  Mr. Hookum noted that his healing process began when Dr. Art Cooler placed a stent in his leg to improve the blood flow.  Dr. Tom Mincheff, along with Wound Care Nurse Pat Moore, worked with Mr. Hookum on skin grafts and other bio-synthetic graft materials. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy administered by Olin Pate, at The Wound Center, delivered 100% pure oxygen under pressure to the wounds to stimulate the healing process and prevent secondary infection.   John Moyd with Palmetto Prosthetics and Orthotics created a splint for Mr. Hookum to take the pressure off of his heel, and the staff at Carolina Pines Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation worked with Mr. Hookum for several months to get his strength back.  It truly was a team effort with a combination of treatments to end Mr. Hookum’s two-year battle and to be released from his physician.

“I am grateful to the staff at The Wound Center at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center for not giving up and working with me until they found the right combination to heal my sores,” said Paul Hookum.  “I am also grateful to my wife of more than 30 years, Sarah, who has been my nurse at home and has been with me through my many treatments.

Olin Pate, member of The Wound Center team added, “We are so happy that Mr. Hookum’s life is back to normal and that we could play a part in his recovery!  We will, however, miss his visits every day and will miss the good food that Mrs. Hookum brought to our office! The relationships that we develop with our patients and their families are also a very important aspect of their healing.”

“The Wound Care Center prides itself in putting the “care” in health care. They truly love and care for their patients. The caring, comfort, and love shared combined with the medical expertise and technology have resulted in numerous “medical miracles” with Mr. Hookum being one of these successes. We are honored to have been able to supply Mr. Hookum with the “weapons” to fight and win his battle against these wounds. Seeing the smiles on both Mr. & Mr. Hookum’s faces brings us joy. We are glad to give back and assist one of our military veterans who served us,”  adds Rebecca Watkins, Director of The Wound Center.

The Wound Center at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center opened in January 2010.  Located in Hartsville, Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center is a 116- bed acute-care hospital serving more than 60,000 residents in Hartsville/Darlington and the contiguous counties.  A full range of services and programs are offered:  ER/Trauma Center, Surgery, Sleep Lab, The Wound Center, Sports Medicine and Rehab, Cardiac Rehab, The Women’s Place, Imaging Department with Digital Mammography, MRI, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound, CT and much more.  Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).  Carolina Pines is located at 1304 W. Bobo Newsom Highway.  Learn more information at