When Wounds Won’t Heal, Patients Can Now Turn to the new state-of-the-art Harlan ARH Wound Care Center

9/13/2011

Harlan ARH Hospital has opened a new Wound Care Center where patients can receive treatment of non-healing wounds. With advanced equipment, including two hyperbaric chambers, Harlan ARH now has one of the most convenient, comprehensive, and sophisticated wound facilities in the region.

"The new wound center is just another example of Harlan ARH’s commitment to provide our patients with the highest quality, comprehensive care possible," said Harlan ARH Community CEO Dan Stone. “This center will do so many remarkable things for patients in the community who need this service.”

With a space designated specifically for the treatment of wounds, the new Wound Care Center is able to see more patients; and the hyperbaric chambers, where patients will receive pure oxygen to speed up the healing of their wounds, will provide a more advanced treatment option for those who qualify for the procedure.

The hyperbaric oxygen chambers works by surrounding the patient with 100 percent oxygen at higher than normal atmospheric pressure. This increase in the amount of oxygen stimulates the tissues and helps the wounds heal more quickly. The only physical sensation resulting from the treatment is a slight pressure on the eardrum, such as that felt when an airplane lands, as the air chamber is pressurized.

"The greatest benefit of the oxygen is that it has a therapeutic effect long after the patient is in the chamber," added Stone.

The Wound Care Center offers a multidisciplinary approach to chronic wound issues with board-certified physicians specializing in General Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Podiatry and Vascular Surgery. The center is also staffed with highly-skilled wound care certified nurses.

“People with slow-healing wounds, which have not gotten better with other treatments, no longer have to suffer,” said Stone. “Using leading-edge technologies, the team at Harlan ARH is completely devoted to healing problem wounds and to helping restore overall health.”

The Wound Care Center, located on the third floor of the hospital, welcomes new patients and most insurance plans provide coverage. For more information, call 606-573-8234 or visit www.arh.org. 

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Harlan ARH is a member of the Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) system, a not-for-profit health system serving 350,000 residents across Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia. Operating 10 hospitals, multi-specialty physician practices, home health agencies, HomeCare Stores and retail pharmacies, ARH is the largest provider of care and single largest employer in southeastern Kentucky and the third largest private employer in southern West Virginia.

The ARH system employs more than 4,700 employees and has a network of more than 600 active and courtesy medical staff members representing various specialties. Firmly committed to its mission of improving the health and promoting the well-being of all people in Eastern Kentucky and Southern West Virginia, in the past 12 months alone, ARH provided more than $120 million in uncompensated care for the uninsured and underinsured.

Consistently recognized for its medical excellence, the ARH system was one of two Kentucky health systems to be named earlier this year to the 2011 SDI IHN 100 listing of the most highly integrated healthcare networks in the nation, and was selected as the 2010 Outstanding Rural Health Organization in the nation by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). Most recently, the Harlan ARH Hospital was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals® by Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.

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