In May 2003, Chandler Regional Medical Center’s Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Oxygen Center, opened its doors to treat various wounds that require specialized care. Since then, the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Oxygen Center has become an integral part of Chandler Regional’s services.
“We are very proud to have been able to serve the community for ten years now,” said Brian Paterick, M.D., medical director of the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Oxygen Center. “Our facility has grown so much, and we are able to treat and heal our patients with the best quality care possible. I am looking forward to seeing what we will be capable of doing in our next ten years, and how we will grow as a facility, hospital and community.”
The center’s staff is able to treat a variety of non-healing wounds and injuries including:
• Any wound not healed within 30 days
• Diabetic ulcers
• Failing grafts and flaps
• Pressure ulcers
• Radiation destruction
• Superficial wounds
• Surgical wounds
• Wounds on lower legs or feet
A multidisciplinary team of specialists develop an individualized, comprehensive treatment plan for each patient that may include:
• Bioengineering tissue substitutes
• Debridement – removal of dead, damaged, or infected tissue
• Dressings and compression wraps
• Hyperbaric oxygen therapy – use of 100 percent oxygen delivered directly to wound site
• Platelet technologies
• Vacuum-assisted closure
By the Numbers
In its ten years, the center has increased its offerings in order to best serve the evolving needs of the community.
• Admissions: 7,643
• Outpatient visits: more than 73,000
• Total staff: 13
• Physicians on panel: 10 specializing in vascular surgery; plastic surgery; podiatry; family medicine; internal medicine; and emergency medicine
Collaboration and Innovation
During the ten years the Wound Healing Center has been in operation, the center has undertaken a number of endeavors to continue to enrich what is known about treating various types of wounds. Their collaborative efforts include:
• Using a specialized medical-grade honey product called Medihoney™ which has been approved by the FDA to treat chronic and acute wounds such as diabetic foot ulcers and pressure ulcers.
• Drawing attention to chronic radiation proctitis, a hidden complication that develops in some prostate cancer survivors after successful radiation therapy.
A Decade of Accolades
The Wound Healing Center has received ample recognition for their efforts in clinical care and wound treatment.
• Center of Distinction by Healogics, Inc. (2013): The center met key clinical indicators, including having a 92 percent patient satisfaction rate and a greater than 95 percent wound healing rate within 35 median days to heal, to receive this prestigious distinction.
• Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Facility Accreditation by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) (2005, 2008 and 2012): In 2012, the center received its third accreditation from the UHMS.
Chandler Regional remains the only hospital in Arizona and one of 129 hospitals in the nation to receive this honor, which signifies the highest quality of hyperbaric medical care.
• Best Overall Wound Outcomes Award by National Healing Corporation (NHC) (2007, 2009 and 2010): The staff received recognition for achieving an above average healing rate of 93 percent of patient within four months and a reduced amputation rate of only one percent.
• Medical Director of the Year, Brian Paterick, M.D. by National Healing Corporation (2009)
• Best Regional Wound Outcomes Award by National Healing Corporation (NHC) (2006)
• Operating Excellence by National Healing Corporation (2005 and 2006)
To learn more about the Wound Healing and
Hyperbaric Oxygen Center, please visit ChandlerRegional.org.