FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
University Hospital ANNNOUNCES THE OPENING OF THE NEW WOUND & HYPERBARIC CENTER
State-of-the-Art Facility Provides Advanced Therapies to Treat Problem Wounds
(AUGUSTA, GA. Feb. 15, 2011) University Health Care System announces the opening of the region’s most advanced Wound & Hyperbaric Center.
Located at University Hospital, 1350 Walton Way, this outpatient, hospital-based program specializes in the treatment of problem wounds, a growing problem spurred by the aging of America and the increase in diabetes. Approximately 18.5 million Americans have diabetes and of that population, about 1.8 million will suffer from a problem wound.
University’s Wound & Hyperbaric works in conjunction with the patient’s primary care physician, serving as an adjunctive service for the referring physician. The program operates by appointment and is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Stephen Gooden, M.D., serves as Medical Director. He is assisted by an experienced team of wound care physicians and staff, including Pam Oerman, Program Director; Joanne Rogalsky, Clinical Coordinator; Chasity Bray, HBO Safety Director; and Susan Mason, Administrative Assistant.
Each physician will coordinate an overall care plan for each patient, working in partnership with the patient’s referring physician. “We are excited to be able to provide this much-needed program. Our entire multidisciplinary team of physicians and staff are trained to provide comprehensive treatment and care,” Dr. Gooden said. “Our program is completely devoted to healing problem wounds and helping our patients reclaim their quality of life.”
Nationally, approximately 7 million people suffer from wounds that will not heal -- a serious problem that can lead to amputation of limbs and dramatically impaired quality of life, according to Ms. Oerman.
For most people, cuts and scratches heal within days or weeks. But for those whose natural healing process is hampered, a simple sore can become a complex medical problem. Without proper treatment, these problem wounds can hamper physical activity, quality of life and, in some cases, be debilitating.
The Center employs the most technologically advanced wound care therapy. There are multiple diagnostic and treatment modalities available, including infectious disease management, physical therapy, occupational therapy, laboratory evaluation, nutritional management, pain management, diabetes education, nuclear medicine, radiology and debridement.
Treatment options also include Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), which is prescribed for approximately 20 percent of non-healing wounds. HBOT is a procedure in which a patient breathes 100 percent oxygen while relaxing in a pressurized chamber. This delivers high concentrations of oxygen to the blood stream and the wound bed, which rapidly accelerates the healing process.
“We are excited to have added this important service to our continuum of care,” said James R. Davis, President/CEO of University Health Care System. “The program, with its highly trained and regarded medical director and staff, complements the high quality of care at University and fills an important need in the community. In the past, people may have had to travel long distances to receive this level of wound care. Now we offer the latest techniques right here in our own community.”
For more information about the wound care program, its treatments or to obtain a referral to schedule an appointment, please call University’s Wound & Hyperbaric Center at 706/774-7242.