Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

Ribbon cutting held for Wound Healing Clinic

Posted: Friday, December 21, 2018

Parkview Huntington Hospital (PHH) held a ribbon cutting for its new wound healing clinic on December 17. It was dedicated as the Huntington County Medical Society Wound Care Center in recognition of a gift from that organization, and opened to patients December 18.

The Parkview Huntington Hospital Center for Wound Healing includes two hyperbaric oxygen therapy units. Also known as HBO therapy, greater-than-normal air pressure is used to suffuse the body’s tissues with pure oxygen, which stimulates the natural healing process. This therapy can provide tremendous improvement in stubborn, chronic wounds that have not healed following standard treatment.

“HBO therapy can make a huge difference in quality of life for people who have been struggling with truly unpleasant wounds,” says Juli Johnson, president, PHH. “We’re really excited to be able to offer this state-of-the-art wound care treatment locally, so Huntington County residents won’t have to travel far.”

HBO therapy can be used to treat more than a dozen medical conditions, including: diabetic foot wounds, radiation injuries to tissue and bone, necrotizing infections, compromised skin grafts and skin flaps, some types of arterial insufficiency and ischemia. Most patients receive between 30 and 40 treatment sessions, depending on their condition and the judgment of the supervising physician.

During each two-hour session, the patient relaxes on a comfortable bed inside the see-through, pressurized chamber and watches TV, naps, or listens to music while the oxygen saturates their blood plasma, allowing it to carry 15 to 20 times the normal amount of oxygen to the tissues. The oxygen spurs the formation of blood vessels at the wound site, and encourages white blood cell activity to fight infection.

Along with HBO therapy, the center will offer other clinically proven treatment options in partnership with Healogics, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. These treatments include negative-pressure wound therapy, bioengineered tissues, biosynthetic dressings and growth-factor therapies, as well as debridement.

Patients who have diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, burns, osteomyelitis, lymphedema, malignant wounds, vasculitis, peristomal skin irritations, and similar conditions can benefit from the center’s treatments.

The entrance to the Parkview Huntington Hospital Center for Wound Healing is located next to the medical office building on the campus of Parkview Huntington Hospital. The 3,657-square-foot space inside the center encompasses the HBO suite, five treatment rooms, a changing area with lockers and restrooms, and offices.

Shown at the ribbon cutting include, front row, from left, Darlene Stanley, Parkview Huntington Hospital (PHH) board of directors; Amy Rosen, Parkview Huntington Hospital Center for Wound Healing; Juli Johnson, president, PHH; Ryan Warner, PHH board of directors; Doug Selig, vice president, Patient Care Services, PHH; and Sonya Foraker, manager, Finance, PHH. Back row, from left, include Todd Sider, MD, Parkview Huntington Hospital Center for Wound Healing; Susan Zahn and John Nelson, both of the PHH board of directors; James Edlund, MD, Parkview Huntington Hospital Center for Wound Healing and Jeremy Nix, Parkview Huntington Foundation board of directors.