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Samaritan offers hyperbaric treatments for wound patients

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Samaritan Health Services now offers hyperbaric oxygen therapy, at the recently opened wound clinic at 400 NW Hickory Street, suite 101, in North Albany.

The public is invited to an open house at Samaritan Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Wound Care Services on Wednesday, March 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. Refreshments will be available along with information about hyperbaric treatment.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT, is the use of 100-percent oxygen, which a patient breathes while inside an enclosed chamber under pressure. This high level of oxygen stimulates faster healing as it promotes new blood vessel growth and new skin growth.

HBOT is an excellent treatment tool for wounds caused by late effective radiation or certain bacteria. It’s effective in treating difficult-to-heal wounds from chronic conditions such as diabetes or poor blood circulation, and the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy can often save limbs from amputation due to gangrene and other conditions.

The clinic offers HBOT along with other treatments previously performed by wound care nurses at Samaritan’s hospitals in Albany, Corvallis and Lebanon.

Priscilla Latta, MD, a family practice physician at Samaritan Family Medicine, Geary Street, is the medical director of the clinic. She trained in hyperbaric medicine through the International ATMO training program, in compliance with requirements from the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society and the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology. She has previous experience in supervising both hyperbaric as well as practicing wound care through an outpatient physician led wound center through Abington Medical Hospital outside Philadelphia, Pa.

The Samaritan physician team also includes family physicians Brent Godek, MD; John Ward, MD and Lance McQuillan, MD; surgeons Frederic Bahnsen, MD, S.Y. Bob Gaekwad, MD; Gregg Miller, MD; Marie Ray, MD; and pediatric and internal medicine specialist Matthew Zollinger, MD. Michael Sherman, MD, PhD, another pediatric and internal medicine specialist, will be trained this spring in wound and hyperbaric treatments as well.

Latta and the other physicians will see patients at the wound and hyperbaric clinic in addition to their current practices. The physicians also perform other treatments including deep-tissue removal and biological skin grafting.

Most services at the clinic are by health care provider referral only. For more information, call the clinic at 541-812-3360 or visit the clinic online.