Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Riverside opens Advanced Wound Care Center on the Peninsula

What’s being called “the largest and most innovative” wound care center on the Peninsula is now being offered by Riverside Health System.

That was made possible by the recent opening of an expanded facility on the Riverside Regional Medical Center campus, according to a news release from Riverside.

“The Advanced Wound Care Center at Riverside Hospital Medical Center is a referral-driven outpatient facility that treats wounds from the simple to the complex in patients of all ages,” said Dr. Mike Dacey, Riverside president and chief operating officer, in the news release. “Our goal is to heal chronic wounds, improve outcomes and prevent limb loss.”

Officials said the addition of two high-tech hyperbaric chambers, along with more treatment space, enables the center to ramp up operations and treat more patients.

“Considering that over six million Americans experience a wound that won’t heal, our goal is to treat as many patients in our community as possible, up to 600 patients per month, which is more than the 320 we were able to treat per month prior to the expansion,” said Dr. David I. Cohen, vice president and chief medical officer for Riverside Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Jason T. Garrison, of the Advanced Wound Care Center, said treatment plans are “physician-guided and protocol-driven,” including specialty dressings, advanced procedures and holistic components such as nutrition in healing.

The two hyperbaric chambers are a particularly exciting new addition to the center, William Webb, program director, said.

Originally developed to treat decompression sickness in some divers, hyperbaric therapy helps patients suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning, severe diabetic foot wounds, sudden hearing loss, partial amputations, bone infections, unexpected radiation treatment effects and more, according to the news release. Patients spend one and a half to two hours at the center during daily treatments with the number of sessions determined by their diagnosis and clinical response.

The Advanced Wound Care Center is operated in partnership with Shared Health Services, a nationally recognized wound care management company, and located toward the back of Riverside Regional Medical Center, near the radiosurgery center, and features a separate entrance and convenient parking, with handicapped access right outside.

Referrals come from cancer treatment centers, primary care providers, podiatrists, surgeons, endocrinologists, orthopedic surgeons and other medical practitioners caring for patients with special wounds. The center even works with dentists to help patients who have previously experienced head and neck radiation therapy.

Hyperbaric treatments before and after tooth extractions can support the healing process for this group, according to Riverside.


John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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