MHHS opens advanced wound care center

The hyperbaric oxygen chamber in Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center.

Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System has announced the opening of The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center, which offers traditional and advanced wound care services.

The center is also the area’s only wound care service to offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

“Between five and seven million Americans experience at least one form of a non-healing wound annually, and the incidence of these wounds is increasing by approximately 10 percent each year,” said Barbara Jacobson, program Director of the Morristown-Hamblen Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center. “Many of these individuals suffer from wounds that refuse to heal despite conventional treatment. These wounds seldom involve a simple answer.”

The center uses evidence-based treatments to successfully treat acute, long term, and difficult to heal wounds. Their multidisciplinary team examines and evaluates patients for medical conditions that can interfere with proper healing, then develops individual treatment plans that may include hyperbaric oxygen therapy to provide maximum healing and relief.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT, increases the oxygen level in tissue and improves the healing efficiency of white blood cells. Oxygen is delivered in a private, comfortable hyperbaric chamber equipped with televisions and headphones. Most patients require five days of treatment, with sessions lasting two hours.

“Opening the new wound care and hyperbaric medicine center was a result of our community needs assessment. We are proud to bring this new service to our community,” said Gordon Lintz, president and chief administrative officer of Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System. The new center is the only one between Knoxville and Greeneville.

To schedule an appointment or learn more about the hospital’s Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center, please visit www.morristownhamblen.com/wound-care or call (423) 492-7080. The center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 4:30PM.