Jasper, Ga. (April 12, 2012) – Piedmont Mountainside Hospital announces the opening of a new Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center located on the hospital campus at 620 JL White Drive, Ste. 140. The center is led by co-medical directors Christopher Graham, M.D. and Charles Haendel, DPM.
“The new center is a tremendous resource to the community because it offers the latest clinical tools and brings a sense of reassurance to our patients that specialized wound care is closer than ever,” said Mike Robertson, CEO of Piedmont Mountainside Hospital. “Hyperbaric oxygen therapy provides highly specialized care that is coordinated between the hospital and the patients’ referring physician.”
As an adjunctive therapy to hyperbaric oxygen treatments, the center offers the latest clinical tools, including transcutaneous oxygen monitoring, which helps identify conditions that can benefit from hyperbaric therapy by measuring the amount of oxygen reaching the skin.
“Oxygen is administered under higher than normal atmospheric pressure, so patients are able to absorb more pure oxygen,” said Dr. Graham.
Wound care is an essential component of treatment plans for numerous conditions that can affect an individual’s ability to heal. Diabetes, surgery, severe skin irritations, burns, traumatic accidents or impaired blood flow can all interfere with the normal healing process which can result in the need for specialized attention and treatment.
The hyperbaric chamber promotes healing by giving the patient 100% oxygen under special conditions.
“There are often other steps that patients can take to help improve healing,” said Dr. Haendel. “These can be as simple as changing the amount of protein or salt in the diet. We can also refer patients for additional follow up for diabetes, vascular care and dietary counseling.”
Dr. Graham graduated with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a master’s degree in cardiac rehabilitation from the University of Georgia. He earned his medical degree from Mercer University School of Medicine and completed his internship at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga and residency in general surgery at Orlando Regional Medical Center. Dr. Graham is certified in advanced trauma life support and advanced cardiac life support.
Dr. Haendel graduated from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and completed his residency at Lakeview Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dr. Haendel is board-certified by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association with certification in Laser Surgery. He has also completed Peripheral Nerve Surgery training at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
The Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center is now accepting new patients and welcomes most insurance plans. Those who discover a wound that has not healed in four weeks or more should ask their doctor about seeking treatment from a wound specialist. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy requires a physician’s referral. For more information, please call 706-692-9016 or visit www.piedmontmountainsidehospital.org.