St. Joseph’s/Candler expands Wound and Hyperbaric Center
Paul P. Hinchey
President & CEO
Public Relations Manager
Midtown Savannah – St. Joseph’s/Candler’s Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, located on the Candler Hospital campus, has expanded from 1,100 to 4,000 square feet including the addition of new technology.
The center’s new location on the second floor of the Heart and Lung Building is its first move and expansion since its inception 14 years ago. Technology at the center includes comprehensive wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for selected patients whose wounds fail to heal. HBOT is a treatment in which the patient breathes 100 percent oxygen inside a pressurized chamber. This delivers high concentrations of oxygen to the blood stream and wound bed, which assists in wound healing.
The center features the latest in advanced wound care treatment for wounds caused by diabetes, circulatory problems, and many other conditions. The Center for Hyperbarics and Wound Care houses multiple state-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen chambers which effectively treat crush injuries, osteomyelitis, skin grafts and flaps, and diabetic wounds of the lower extremity.
Studies have shown that specialized wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy
• Accelerates wound healing
• Reduces amputation rates
• Helps patients avoid hospitalization
The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine serves Savannah and outlying communities bringing the best in patient care and proven healing techniques The Center's Medical Director, Dr. Susan Mahany, leads a team of five other physicians with backgrounds varying from Infectious Diseases to General Surgery.
“The Center for Hyperbarics and Wound Care is at the forefront of innovative and aggressive wound care. Our protocols are proven and lead the national average in healing rates. All of our physicians are rigorously trained under evidenced-based practices and are committed to providing the very best in wound and hyperbaric medicine,” Mahany said.
"Our staff has created a reputation over the past fourteen years founded in professionalism, exceptional wound care knowledge, and the compassion needed to truly understand and care for each individual patient's needs,” said Jamie Berardi, Program Director. “The expansion and move of the Center of Hyperbarics and Wound Care will enable the staff to continue to practice exemplary wound care and reach out into the community."
St. Joseph’s/Candler of Savannah, Georgia (www.sjchs.org) is a national Magnet-designated facility for nursing excellence, with a focus on the latest technologies and research. Its comprehensive network includes centers of excellence for oncology, cardiovascular, neurosciences, women’s and children’s services, orthopedics and a variety of other disease specialties. Comprised of two of the oldest continuously operating hospitals in the United States, St. Joseph’s Hospital and Candler Hospital, this not for profit health system is the largest in Southeast Georgia and the region’s only faith based institution. It has been recognized as a JCAHO certified Stroke Center and is the only network accredited facility in the region.
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