July 21, 2010
Contact: Bonnie Zimmerman
Director, Marketing and Physician Services
Florida Hospital Waterman
1000 Waterman Way
Tavares, FL 32778
For Immediate Release
Tavares, FL: The Florida Hospital Waterman Wound and Hyperbaric Center was named a “Center of Excellence” in wound healing by Shared Health Services, Inc., a nationally known provider of Wound and Hyperbaric Medicine Centers. Designation as a “Center of Excellence” recognizes outcomes, patient and physician satisfaction, proper documentation and safety compliance. The center is only one of four in the nation to receive this prestigious award.
“We are honored to be named a Center of Excellence,” said Dr. David Fernandez, Hyperbaric Medical Director. “Our team of physicians, nurses and staff is committed to healing chronic wounds, and this award recognizes our efforts.”
It is estimated that over six million Americans suffer from chronic or hard to heal wounds. Most wounds heal quickly, usually within four weeks, but there are specific types of wounds that cause severe problems if left untreated. The Wound and Hyperbaric Center at Florida Hospital Waterman specializes in the treatment of patients who experience these debilitating wounds.
The Wound and Hyperbaric Center’s staff of specially trained physicians and nurses, working in conjunction with the patient’s primary care physician, help with the diagnosis and treatment of arterial ulcers, diabetic and neuropathic ulcers, lower extremity edema (swelling of the feet and/or ankles), pressure ulcers, problem surgical wounds, animal and insect bites, trauma wounds and venous statis ulcers.
The Wound and Hyperbaric Center offers evidence-based care which is proven to reduce complications and amputations related to chronic, non-healing wounds. During a typical visit to the Center a patient will undergo a complete assessment, wound measurement and photographs, debridement to aid in the removal of dead, damaged or infected tissue by surgical or other means to improve the healing potential of the remaining healthy tissue, infectious disease management, laboratory and vascular evaluation, advanced wound dressings, compression dressing, prosthetic and pressure relief assistance, wound VAC and/or hyperbaric medicine.
Hyperbaric medicine is a non-invasive procedure often used to increase the rate of healing of chronic non-healing wounds. During a hyperbaric medicine treatment the patient is placed in a chamber containing 100% oxygen at pressures of more than one Atmosphere. Hyperbaric treatments typically last about two hours. Most patients will feel no differently than they would at home in their beds. They can listen to music or watch TV, talk to family members, or simply take a nap.
To contact the Wound and Hyperbaric Center at Florida Hospital Waterman, call 352.253.3601.