Greenfield Man Grateful for High Caliber Care, Close to Home
Living with Type II diabetes, Wesley McFadden of Greenfield knew he might face some challenges with his health. But these last couple years were tough. First, McFadden, age 59, developed a severe infection in his toe, which required amputation. Dr. Brian Hoffman, an orthopedic surgeon at Baystate Medical Practices – Valley Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, performed the surgery at Baystate Franklin Medical Center.
Some time later, McFadden developed another severe infection, this time in his leg, which brought him to the Emergency Department at Baystate Franklin. There he saw Dr. Jeffrey Hayer of Franklin Orthopaedic Surgery, who determined that McFadden’s leg needed to be amputated just below the knee.
McFadden says both surgeries were successful and he is grateful for the skills of both Drs. Hoffman and Hayer, as well as the fact that he able to get this high caliber of care close to home.
But McFadden’s troubles were not over. His prosthetic leg caused an infection at the amputation site that produced a chronic wound that wouldn’t heal. Hoffman referred McFadden to Baystate Franklin’s Wound and Hyperbaric Medicine Center, located at 48 Sanderson Street, Greenfield. There, under the direction of Dr. Sohail Waien, McFadden received a series of specialized treatments and his wound healed.
McFadden feels pretty thankful. He says the team at the Baystate Franklin Wound Care Center really cared about him. Today, he gets around well. He volunteers at the Veteran’s Administration, and is a member of the Elks. And, as a retired social worker, he often volunteers his time to meet and talk with adolescents about several issues, especially the negative impact of misusing drugs and alcohol.
“Drs. Hoffman, Hayer, as well as Dr. Waien and the entire wound care team, put me at ease and always told me what was happening,” McFadden says. “I’m grateful for their straight-up attitude. It was evident that everyone at Baystate Franklin really cared about me. It’s a wonderful facility. They did me well.”