HVHC Wound Care Earns Top Distinction from Hyperbaric Society

Cortlandt Manor, NY - (June 11, 2014) – Hudson Valley Hospital Center's Institute for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine has been awarded Re-Accreditation with Distinction by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS).

Hudson Valley Hospital Center is the only facility in the region to provide this level of service, according to the UHMS, the leading authority in the nation on hyperbaric medicine. Only one other Hospital in New York State - Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse, a 400-bed teaching hospital - has earned Accreditation with Distinction from the UHMS.

“This is an incredible honor,’’ said Kathy Webster, Vice President of Patient Services at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. “It speaks to the level of care we provide at our Institute for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine and that is due to our top notch staff as well as new modalities of treatment we are using here with great success.’’

The Clinical Hyperbaric Facilities Accreditation Program currently has 155 accredited hyperbaric medicine services nationally and is growing rapidly. Hudson Valley Hospital Center was the first in the region to receive the UHMS accreditation back in 2011. The UHMS accreditation is increasingly required by commercial insurances for patient treatment approval and reimbursement. The Institute for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine treats non-healing wounds with a combination of debridement treatments and the use of hyperbaric medicine. The super oxygenation offered by hyperbaric treatments can help those with chronic non-healing wounds caused by diabetes, poor circulation, traumatic injury, radiation therapy and other causes. The Institute offers three oversized, private hyperbaric chambers where patients can relax, listen to music or watch a movie. More than 5 million Americans suffer from non-healing wounds.

The advanced clinical programs of Hudson Valley’s Institute include Diabetic Limb Salvage and Breast Reconstruction as part of the Ashikari Breast Center at HVHC. The Institute also uses the LUNA Fluorescence Imaging System to provide fluorescence images for the visual assessment of blood flow in vessels and related tissue perfusion

The Institute is led by Medical Director Stephen Guthrie, M.D., PhD. Integrated clinical support is provided by Hisham Hourani, MD, Eileen Donatelli, CHRN; Christine Rogers, RN; New York Group for Plastic Surgery; and, the entire HVHC Physician / clinician staff.

The Life Support Technologies group (LST) has been contracted by HVHC since 2009 to provide hyperbaric medical services.

“National Accreditation of the Hyperbaric Medicine programs by the UHMS helps to promote safer, cost effective programs with better patient outcomes. Life Support and our Hudson Valley Hospital Center partner are proud to be UHMS accreditation pioneers in the Northeast,” said Glenn Butler, CEO of LST.
In order to receive the UHMS accreditation, the Institute had to submit to an inspection by expert evaluators who rated it on commitment to staffing and training, equipment installation, operation, maintenance, facility and patient safety and standards of care.

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