Newton Medical Center is home to the Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center, located at 800 Medical Center Drive. We provide patients with specialized and individualized treatment plans based on the type of wound and its underlying cause.
Our team of specialists has specific training in the most advanced techniques available for the treatment of chronic wounds. Led by full-time wound care provider Marnie Van Becelaere, MD, and Medical Director John McEachern, MD, FACS, our team includes those who specialize in the areas of general surgery, orthopaedic surgery and infectious disease.
They provide multidisciplinary care through nutritional, infectious and vascular evaluations, with subsequent wound care.
Conditions & Treatment
We offer advanced wound treatment for chronic or hard-to-heal wounds, including:
- Arterial & diabetic ulcers
- Necrotizing soft tissue infections
- Post-operative wounds
- Pressure ulcers (bed sores)
- Spider bites
- Traumatic wounds
- Venous stasis ulcers (weeping lower legs)
Using state-of-the-art equipment and drawing on the experience of specialists from many fields, we offer:
- Evaluation and management of non-healing wounds
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- Inpatient and outpatient consultations
- Skin grafting
- Surgical debridement (removal of tissue)
- Tissue flaps
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Newton Medical Center offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) as part of a comprehensive wound care program.
HBOT is an advanced form of therapy that uses a pressurized, oxygen-rich environment to trigger the body’s natural wound-healing abilities to function more efficiently. During the therapy sessions, patients breathe pure oxygen at an increased atmospheric pressure while in a hyperbaric chamber.
Typical treatments, which are completely painless, last approximately two hours, A patient’s diagnosis and clinical response often dictate the number of treatments required, which can range from 20 to 40 treatments.
This type of therapy has been proven effective for many medical conditions. The Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center uses HBOT to treat:
- Compromised skin grafts and flaps
- Crush injuries and skeletal-muscle compartment syndrome
- Delayed radiation injuries (soft tissue and bony necrosis)
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Refractory osteomyelitis
Emergency HBOT services, such as those listed below, are not offered at Newton Medical Center.
- Air or gas embolisms
- Central retinal artery occlusion
- Carbon monoxide poisoning
- Clostridial myonecrosis (gas gangrene)
- Decompression sickness
- Idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss
- Intracranial abscesses
- Severe anemia
- Thermal burns
Advanced Biologic Dressings
The Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Center uses state-of-the-art advanced biologic dressings in the healing of wounds. Biologic dressings have been shown to achieve a higher rate of wound closure in difficult-to-treat wounds compared with standard treatments. Those used at NMC are naturally derived from human tissue. The primary function of these living cell dressings is to give structural support to new cell growth. They also change a wound’s microenvironment, by stimulating cell growth and inhibiting scar formation.
Wounds treated with biologic dressings include:
- Diabetic foot ulcers
- Pressure ulcers
- Pyoderma gangrenosum
- Surgical dehiscence
- Venous leg ulcers
In addition, all of our providers are specially trained to use advanced biologic dressings.
Newton Medical Center’s Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center has received accreditation from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). UHMS accreditation recognizes those facilities that meet or exceed the highest standards of care and patient safety through rigorous evaluation of the facility’s operation. Read More…
NMC’s Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center, in partnership with Midwest Hyperbaric LLC, was awarded the Cost-Effective Wound Management Award from the Journal of Wound Care (JWC). This award was presented to the two organizations for taking evidence-based, cost-effective measures to ensure better healing of wounds. Their work streamlined formulary products and patient training for consistent quality patient care and efficiency. This resulted in reduced waste and improved outcomes.