Saint Clare’s Dover Hospital’s Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric
Medicine Receives UHMS Accreditation for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Services
Dover, NJ (March 13, 2020) - Saint Clare’s Dover Hospital is pleased
to announce that its Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine recently
received full accreditation from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society
(UHMS). This accreditation is awarded to centers for meeting or exceeding
highest industry standards and best practices in hyperbaric treatment.
Saint Clare’s Dover Hospital’s Center of Wound Care and Hyperbaric
Medicine is only one of the seven hospitals in New Jersey to have received
accreditation status, and the third in the network of Prime Healthcare Services.
The accreditation process took approximately 10 months and is required
to ensure that the highest standards of quality care are achieved. The
center was surveyed by a team which examined staffing and training, equipment
installation, operation and maintenance, facility and patient safety,
and standard of care, finding that the center was eligible for accreditation.
"Providing quality care is a top priority for us," said Alvena
Hameed, Director of the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine.
"We are very proud of receiving accreditation and we’re committed
to seeing that our facility serves as an industry benchmark for high standards
and exceptional care. Clinical hyperbaric facilities, such as Saint Clare’s
Dover Hospital, can demonstrate their commitment to patient care and facility
safety by voluntarily participating in this program.”
“Once again Saint Clare’s demonstrates its commitment to the
highest standards of service in so many of its service lines. We are proud
to be again considered by the highest third-party authority that our Center
for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine exhibits the highest standards
of care,” said Brian Finestein, CEO.
The Center has been in a partnership with Healogics, since 2012, offering
the community specialized care for chronic or non-healing wounds. Healogics-managed
Wound Care Centers effectively utilized HBOT and other advanced modalities
to treat more than 300,000 wounds last year. HBOT is a safe and evidence-based
treatment proven to speed the healing process in certain types of wounds.
During the treatments, the patient breathes 100% oxygen inside a pressurized
chamber, quickly increasing the concentration of oxygen in the bloodstream.
The oxygen in the bloodstream is delivered to a patient's wound site
for faster healing, essentially assisting in healing the wound from the
inside out. This therapy can help reduce swelling, fight infection, and
build new blood vessels, ultimately producing healthy tissue. It is also
effective in fighting certain types of infections, improving circulation,
in stimulating growth of new blood vessels, and in treating crush injuries,
osteomyelitis, compromised skin grafts and flaps, and diabetic wounds
of the lower extremities.
This advanced Center houses two hyperbaric chambers and six treatment rooms
and is staffed with wound and hyperbaric certified nurses and providers.
About the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Saint Clare’s Dover
For patients suffering from a chronic or non-healing wound, The Center
for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Saint Clare’s offers relief
through a comprehensive, leading-edge approach to wound management. Our
expert staff employs multiple diagnostic and treatment modalities including,
but not limited to: debridement, advanced wound care dressings, biological
skin grafts, vacuum assisted closure therapy, compression therapy, nutritional
management, management of wound pain, diabetic education, infectious disease
management, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. The center has received the
Center of Excellence Award for the past 6 years for outstanding clinical outcomes.
About UHMS Accreditation
The UHMS began the accreditation process in 2000 due to the growth in hyperbaric
medicine, and since 2001 the UHMS has had a clinical hyperbaric medicine
facility accreditation program. The organization evaluates quality assurance
among wound care centers using hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) nationwide.
The medical industry has responded to the growing need for comprehensive
wound care with new treatments and technology including the very effective
adjunctive modality, HBOT.\
Attached photo: Members of the Wound Care team at Saint Clare’s Dover pose with
their recent recognition Left to right: Barbara Eck RN, Robyn Manente
RN, Pamela Marusiak Secretary, Edward Smith LPN, Dr. Edward McManus Medical
Director, Eileen Noonan Nurse Manager, Alvena Hameed Director.