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St. Joseph’s Hosts Open House for Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine

SYRACUSE – St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center’s Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine is holding an open house on Wednesday, July 17, from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. to celebrate its 9th anniversary of providing advanced wound care services, including Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. Located at Northeast Medical Center in Fayetteville, the center provides comprehensive care for patients suffering from wounds caused by diabetes, circulatory problems, traumatic injuries and radiation.

The center uses a unique therapy to treat their patients - Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, or HBOT. During HBOT, a patient breathes 100 percent oxygen inside a pressurized environment. High concentrations of oxygen are pumped into the blood stream, which assists in the wound healing process. 

“Not only have studies shown that HBOT accelerates wound healing, but it also reduces amputation rates and helps patients avoid hospitalization, said Dr. Joseph Byrne, director of the center.

During HBOT, patients lay on a stretcher inside a Plexiglas chamber. The chamber is pressurized to the equivalent of a 33-foot deep-sea dive and drives twenty times more oxygen into the blood compared to that of regular air. This increase in concentrated oxygen allows wounds to heal easier and fight certain types of infections. A full round of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy consists of two hour treatments, five days a week for eight weeks, or a total of 40 sessions.

The media is invited to attend the open house. The contact person on-site is Debra Bergman, Program Director.

                When: Wednesday, July 17, 2013; 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

                Where: Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine

                                  St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center

                                  4206 Medical Center Drive, Suite 206, Fayetteville

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center is a non-profit, 431-bed hospital and health care system in Syracuse, New York, providing services to patients in 16 counties in Central New York State. Through prevention programs and the latest diagnostic treatment procedures, St. Joseph's works with patients to achieve optimum long-term health. A 14-time winner of the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice award, St. Joseph’s is affiliated with Franciscan Companies and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis.