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West Virginia University Hospitals-East opens wound care clinic

November 08, 2012
  • Participating in Thursday's ribbon cutting for West Virginia University Hospitals-East's new Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at City Hospital are from left, Tina Combs, Martinsburg Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce; William Stubblefield, Berkeley County Council; Rick Pill, WVUH-East board of directors; Anthony Zelenka, chief administrative officer, City Hospital; Dr. Robert Bowen, medical director, Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine; Ginna Reep, RN, director of the Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine; Martinsburg Mayor George Karos; state Del. Walter Duke.
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Officials at West Virginia University Hospitals-East, in conjunction with the Martinsburg Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce, held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday for the new Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at City Hospital.

The center, which opened to patients on Monday, offers Eastern Panhandle residents a comprehensive approach for treating patients with non-healing sores and wounds close to home.

“The new center offers treatment locally for patients with chronic wounds, which are wounds that do not heal,” Dr. Robert Bowen, the center’s medical director, said in a news release.    

The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine is staffed with specially trained physicians and nurses.

According to Bowen, physician specialties include general surgery, critical care medicine, infectious disease, orthopedics, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, and podiatry.

A major factor contributing to success at the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at City Hospital is the use of a hyperbaric chamber, a sealed unit that provides super-high levels of oxygen for areas of the body where there is not enough. The center’s Perry Sigma-40 Hyperbaric Chamber is the largest single-person chamber on the market, according to the news release. Because of its spaciousness, claustrophobia is minimized.

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The WVUH-East Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine is located on the first floor of City Hospital.

Center hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. For more information or to make an appointment, call 304-264-1314.

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