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Date Updated: Monday, October 11, 2021

St. Anthony Community Hospital Launches New Diabetic Foot Care Program

The new Diabetic Foot Care Program helps prevent, diagnose and treat foot conditions caused by diabetes.

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WARWICK, N.Y. (October 11, 2021) ― St. Anthony Community Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), announced the launch of a new Diabetic Foot Care Program at the hospital to help prevent, diagnose and treat foot conditions caused by diabetes.

According to the CDC, diabetes can reduce blood flow to the feet, which slows the healing process. If left unchecked, a small cut, blister or open sore on the foot might evolve into a more severe condition, such as diabetic foot ulcer or worse. For this reason, it is important for individuals with diabetes to evaluate their feet, daily, and consult a physician with expertise in diabetic foot conditions for any concerning issues, such as a cut or wound that won’t heal.  

The Diabetic Foot Care Program at St. Anthony Community Hospital brings board-certified podiatrists, wound care nurses, nutritionists, orthotics specialists, a diabetes educator, and other medical professionals, together, to diagnose diabetic foot ailments and develop personalized treatment plans for patients.

Diabetic conditions of the foot that are treated by Diabetic Foot Care Program specialists include foot ulcers, open sores and wounds, deformities, Charcot neuroarthropathy and osteomyelitis. The program also offers a full scope of surgical and nonsurgical services, such as hemoglobin A1C testing for monitoring blood sugar levels, ultrasound/vascular studies for peripheral arterial disease or poor circulation, hyperbaric therapy (as applicable) for chronic wounds and diabetes and nutritional education.  

“The program is a great asset and resource to the public as well as the medical community,” said Bruce D. Fischer, DPM, FACFAS, Medical Director of the Diabetic Foot Care Program. “By offering a comprehensive approach, we can educate our community to the importance of diabetic foot care and limit complications.”

Fischer is double board-certified in podiatry and foot and ankle surgery with more than 30 years of experience in diabetic foot care, foot injury, geriatric foot care and podiatric sports medicine.

Partnering with Fischer at the Diabetic Foot Care Program is Crystal Haskin-Cole, DPM, who is also board-certified in podiatric medicine and completed a fellowship in wound care. Dr. Haskin-Cole specializes in podiatric foot deformities, diabetic limb salvage, hyperbaric medicine, and other advanced care surgical and nonsurgical treatments.  

To schedule an appointment with a specialist in the new Diabetic Foot Care Program at St. Anthony Community Hospital, interested parties should call 845.987.5067 or visit stanthonycommunityhosp.org/diabetic-foot-care-program.

About St. Anthony Community Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth)

For 80 years, St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, NY, has served residents of Orange County, NY, and New Jersey’s Sussex and Passaic counties with outstanding and compassionate care. The 60-bed hospital is a primary resource for emergency, medical, surgical, obstetrical/gynecological and acute-care services. The comprehensive surgery program includes joint-replacement, vascular, gynecological, urological, pulmonary, ophthalmic, plastic surgery, hand, foot, same-day and general surgery. The expanding Radiology Department now offers three-dimensional mammography. Mount Alverno Center, a state-approved adult home with an assisted-living program serving 85 residents, and Schervier Pavilion, a 120-bed skilled-nursing facility dedicated to the highest standard of healthcare excellence, also are on the campus. Visit StAnthonyCommunityHosp.org and follow at Facebook.com/StAnthonyCommunityHosp, Twitter.com/BSCHS and Instagram.com/WMCHealth.


About Westchester Medical Center Health Network

The Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) is a 1,700-bed healthcare system headquartered in Valhalla, NY, with 10 hospitals on eight campuses spanning 6,200 square miles of the Hudson Valley. WMCHealth employs more than 12,000 and has nearly 3,000 attending physicians. With Level 1, Level 2 and pediatric trauma centers, the region’s only acute-care children’s hospital, an academic medical center, several community hospitals, dozens of specialized institutes and centers, skilled nursing, assisted-living facilities, homecare services and one of the largest mental-health systems in New York State, WMCHealth is the pre-eminent provider of integrated healthcare in the Hudson Valley. Visit WMCHealth.org.

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Dr. Fischer is available for interviews to share his expertise about foot care and to discuss the new Diabetic Foot Care Program at St. Anthony Community Hospital.

Bruce Fischer, DPM, FACFAS, Director of the Diabetic Foot Care Program, St. Anthony Community Hospital, and Anita Volpe, DNP, RN, VP/Hospital Administrator, St. Anthony Community Hospital, join members of the new team as they welcome patients.