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Hudson Valley Hospital Center gets third Hyperbaric Chamber at Wound Care Institute

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Cortlandt Manor, NY – (April 2, 2012) – To meet the growing number of patients being treated using hyperbaric medicine, Hudson Valley Hospital Center has expanded its Institute for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine.

On March 30, the Hospital added a third hyperbaric chamber to its wound care center,  enabling staff to help more patients in search of treatment for non-healing wounds and other conditions that benefit by oxygen treatment.

“The success of hyperbaric medicine in the treatment of non-healing wounds and other conditions means that more patients are seeking this service,’’ said Dr. Stephen Guthrie, M.D., Ph.D, Director of the Institute for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine. ”As a result, the Hospital has expanded our facilities and we have added a third hyperbaric chamber to better serve our patients.’’

At the Institute for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, patients are placed in private hyperbaric chambers where they can watch TV or listen to music. The chamber’s oxygen enriched air dissolves in the blood and encourages the growth of new blood vessels, which promotes and accelerates the healing process.

More than 5 million Americans each year suffer from chronic non-healing wounds. Wounds may be caused by diabetes, poor circulation, traumatic injury, radiation therapy and other causes.

Hyperbaric Medicine is a growing field. While the main conditions of treatment remain non-healing wounds and secondary effects of radiation as part of cancer treatment, some insurance plans now cover treatment for traumatic brain injuries, viral illness, heart attack and stroke. Hudson Valley Hospital Center is one of only four facilities in New York State and the only one in the region that is accredited by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. Some medical insurance companies are now requiring this certification for approved treatment.

“This is a growing area of medicine that is being used successfully to treat many conditions which have been unresponsive to other treatments,’’ said Dr. Guthrie.

Dr. Guthrie is Board Certified in Hyperbaric Medicine and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr. Guthrie received his medical degree and his Ph.D in Physiology from the University of Wisconsin where he also completed his residencies in General Surgery and in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society. He has published dozens of papers in the field of wound care and plastic and reconstructive surgery.

For more information on the Institute of Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, call 914-734-3030.

 

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Hudson Valley Hospital Center is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the community and to providing quality, comprehensive medical care in a compassionate, professional, respectful manner.  Offering state-of-the-art diagnostic treatment, education and preventive services, the Hospital is committed to improving the quality of life in the community. Hudson Valley Hospital Center is located on Route 202 (1980 Crompond Road) in Cortlandt Manor, New York. Call 914-737-9000 or visit .