Bon Secours Charity Health System Opens The Wound and Hyperbaric Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital

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Institute to provide regional hyperbaric and wound care in the most advanced setting available today.

The Bon Secours Charity Health System will officially open The Wound and Hyperbaric Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, N.Y. with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 11:00 AM. The Institute features first-in-the-nation technology, including two computer-controlled hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers with paperless patient data management and clinical outcome software, making it the most advanced facility of its kind in the world today.

The Wound and Hyperbaric Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital provides the most advanced care of its kind by utilizing advanced technologies within a patient-focused, team-centered approach. The Institute offers patients access to the expertise of a full panel of medical specialists from vascular and plastic surgeons to endocrinologists and podiatrists. This broad range of perspectives and expertise facilitates the creation of a highly individualized treatment plan to meet each patient's specific needs.

The Institute's two hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers will be used primarily to treat chronic non-healing and infected wounds, severe burns and other soft tissue injuries. This treatment represents the highest level in the continuum of care offered at Bon Secours Charity Health System's outpatient wound treatment and management programs at Good Samaritan Hospital, St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, N.Y., and Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, N.Y. With this opening, the Institute becomes the regional focal point for advanced wound and vascular care.

"We are thrilled to provide the people of our region with the most advanced wound and hyperbaric treatment facility available today," said Terence M. O'Brien, Chief Executive Officer of Bon Secours Charity Health System. "With two new fully-equipped hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers and our multidisciplinary approach to wound and vascular care, Bon Secours Charity Health System continues to lead the way in providing state-of-the-art healthcare to the people of the Lower Hudson Valley region."

Good Samaritan Hospital is the only hospital offering hyperbaric oxygen therapy services in the area. The Wound and Hyperbaric Institute, which is located within newly-renovated facilities on the Suffern Campus, is designed to combine wound care with ongoing therapies to yield the best possible outcomes for patients.

The Wound and Hyperbaric Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital will be led by co-Medical Directors Michael L. Schwartz, M.D., F.A.C.S., and Jay G. Levine, D.P.M.    The hyperbaric chambers will be operated by Board Certified technicians, each of whom has undergone an extensive 40-hour training course to achieve National Certification in the operation of the hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers, and the special, proprietary software that helps doctors and technicians provide the optimal level of care.

The hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers in The Wound and Hyperbaric Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital provide the next generation of monoplace hyperbaric chamber technology. Specially modified Environmental Tectonics Bara-Med XD chambers are computer-controlled and permit the technician operator to control temperature, pressure, communications and entertainment options while the patient simply lies down in stress-free comfort. The chambers, which are rated for 700 pounds to accommodate bariatric patients, provide substantial patient room.

"At sea level pressure, all the oxygen our blood can transport to cells is bound to the red blood cell hemoglobin," said Dr. Jay Levine. "However, under hyperbaric pressure conditions, up to six times that amount of oxygen can be dissolved into the liquid plasma of the blood in the same manner as carbon dioxide is dissolved into a bottle of soda. This greatly speeds the body's natural healing process."

The first hyperbaric treatment at The Wound and Hyperbaric Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital was performed on March 24th, 2009, making it the first hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatment in Rockland County history. To date, the institute has conducted over 50 treatments for medical conditions ranging from diabetic foot ulcer to the effects of radiation in the treatment of cancer.

"With our comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to wound care and the availability of these hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers, Bon Secours Charity Health System is advancing its position as a regional leader in providing the highest level of care available today," said Levine. "We expect that hospitals from throughout the Hudson Valley and Northern New Jersey will refer patients to us, because we truly have the finest wound care facilities and care available anywhere."

Bon Secours Charity Health System partnered with the Life Support Technologies (LST) group of Mount Vernon, N.Y. to bring the hyperbaric oxygen therapy chambers to the region. In addition to providing the most advanced hospital based wound care and hyperbaric medicine programs in the New York metropolitan area, LST is known for it's work in developing deep ocean and orbital space technologies for the United States Military, NOAA and NASA.

The Wound and Hyperbaric Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital will serve patients on an outpatient basis, and will be open weekdays from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and evenings and weekends by appointment.

About Bon Secours Charity Health System
The Bon Secours Charity Health System includes Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, N.Y., a regional medical center, and two community hospitals: Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis, N.Y., and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, N.Y. Nationally known for The Heart Institute at Good Samaritan Hospital, Bon Secours Charity Health System also provides the services of a Certified Home Health Agency, two long-term care facilities, an assisted living and adult home facility, and several other off-site medical programs. The Bon Secours Charity Health System draws its name from the two Catholic orders that jointly sponsor the system: The Sisters of Bon Secours and the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth.

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