Wythe County Community Hospital Scheduled to Open Wythe Wound & Hyperbaric Medicine Center

May 9, 2017

LtoR: Mark George, Ashley O'Dell, Audra Lucas
and Adam Martin, Interim CEO

Wythe County Community Hospital announced today the addition of more specialized, convenient care for the community with a new service line in wound care. Wythe Wound & Hyperbaric Medicine Center is a new outpatient center located on the hospital campus at 590 West Ridge Road, Suite M, Wytheville, Virginia and will provide state-of-the-art advanced wound care, close to home.

Every year, millions of Americans with diabetes or circulatory problems develop non-healing wounds that limit their activity or even threaten the loss of their legs and feet. These problems will usually respond to the latest advances in wound care therapy to provide specialized treatment for patients with difficult wound problems.

“The new center will offer advanced treatment options for wounds resulting from multiple conditions, such as diabetes, ulcers, infections and skin conditions,” said Adam Martin, Interim CEO at Wythe County Community Hospital.  “The closest center to our community is approximately 80 miles away.  We look forward to providing this service to the citizens of Wythe, Bland and surrounding counties.”

Through a partnership with Healogics, Inc., Wythe County Community Hospital is able to offer a comprehensive center offering specialized wound care. Healogics is the world’s largest wound care management company with nearly 800 hospital partners delivering excellent evidence-based care to patients with chronic wounds. Healogics has been the leader in wound care for nearly 20 years, offering the most advanced modalities such as adjunctive hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).

“Our multidisciplinary team is thrilled to be offering our community specialized wound care that is close to home,” said Dr. Erin Bowser, medical director of Wythe Wound and Hyperbaric Medicine Center. “We’re dedicated to providing the individualized care needed to achieve complete healing of complex wounds.”

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) helps the body’s oxygen-dependent, wound-healing mechanism function more efficiently. While enclosed in a chamber at greater-than-normal atmospheric pressure, patients breathe pure oxygen, saturating their blood and allowing it to carry 10 to 15 times the normal amount of healing oxygen to the body’s tissues. Up to 18 percent of wound care patients may require HBOT treatments, provided by our highly trained clinical hyperbaric technicians and staff.

The 2,214 square foot center is comprised of two HBOT chambers, four exam and treatment rooms, offices and is scheduled to begin treating patients June 6th.