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Center earns accreditation from the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society

Posted on: 05/03/2013

The Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at Olean General Hospital (OGH) has received a full three year accreditation for its hyperbaric oxygen services from the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). The Center focuses on the treatment and evaluation of chronic, problematic and non-healing wounds using the latest generation of wound healing technology under the direction of specially trained wound care physicians. The facility utilizes hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers as part of the treatment of chronic non-healing wounds.

The UHMS clinical hyperbaric medicine facility accreditation program recognizes clinical hyperbaric facilities that demonstrate their commitment to patient care and facility safety. There are more than 800 hyperbaric facilities in the United States, but only 134 are currently accredited. The Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine is the only UHMS hyperbaric oxygen services accredited center in Western New York. Accreditation is a rigorous process and UHMS accreditation means the patient service at Olean General Hospital is recognized as a Center of Excellence for wound care and hyperbaric medicine.

“As a physician I look at this certification from such an internationally renowned certification organization as an affirmation that we've been providing safe, quality, and state-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen therapy to our patients,” said Pierre E. Dionne, M.D., Medical Director for Hyperbaric Medicine.

“Our hyperbaric and wound care staff worked closely with Precision Health Care and OGH to ensure that our facility provides the highest level of patient care. This was a large undertaking with a four to six month preparation prior to the on-site survey. This strong team effort and approach made the UHMS certification possible,” said Arthur M. Goldstein, M.D., F.A.C.S., Medical Director of the Wound Center.

Currently, there are only 10 hospitals in New York State with an accredited program through UHMS. A survey team comprised of a physician, nurse and technician from the UHMS spent two days reviewing and surveying the hyperbaric chamber, facility and processes for accreditation. The survey team examined 25 different focus areas of the hyperbaric facilities program, including compliance with state and local codes for the facility, adequacy of the chamber and equipment, staff training, patient safety, and quality of care. The UHMS, which is comprised largely of scientists and medical professionals, conducts research and sets standards for applying hyperbaric oxygen in medical situations.

“The three year accreditation demonstrates the extent to which Olean General Hospital, and our partner, Precision Health Care, are dedicated to excellence and providing the best hyperbaric oxygen therapy to patients cared for at the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine,” said Timothy J. Finan, CEO and President, Olean General Hospital.

“The UHMS accreditation for our Center for Wound Healing is one more indicator that we are performing at a high level with respect to safety and quality,” Mr. Finan said. “Recently OGH earned the 2013 Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades, placing OGH in the top 5% of hospitals across the nation for excellent performance in patient safety.”

About The Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine at Olean General Hospital

Wound health patients of the Center benefit from an advanced level of care provided by a staff trained and specializing in the latest products and treatment methods available for the treatment of chronic wounds. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy at Olean General Hospital is administered in state-of-the-art Sechrist model 3200 chambers. The monoplace, or one-person, chamber is large enough to hold a seven-foot tall patient. It is constructed of a steel frame with a see through acrylic cylinder, which provides a sense of spaciousness. The chambers have a pressure capability of 3.0 atmospheres absolute, which is triple the normal atmospheric pressure. Technical innovations allow critically ill patients to undergo treatment in the monoplace chamber. The Center is located at 623 Main Street, Olean, NY. For appointments or more information, please call 716-375-7577.

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