Photo caption: Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital Chief Executive Officer Rick Mace, right, talks about the opening of the new Wound Care Center on Aug. 14 as Wound Care Center Medical Director Dr. Anjum Owaisi, center, and Lisa Reil, left, of Healogics look on.
Bolingbrook – Area business and political leaders, as well as hospital dignitaries and staff, were on hand Aug. 14 for the official opening for the Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital Wound Care Center
About 200 people attended the opening, many of them gathering into a room housing two hyperbaric oxygen chambers to witness an official ribbon cutting. Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital
CEO Rick Mace, Bolingbrook Mayor Roger Claar, Wound Care Center Medical Director Dr. Anjum Owaisi and Lisa Reil of Healogics cut the ceremonial ribbon.
Mace said the hospital is excited to provide the center for the community. There are not many places in the region offering the hyperbaric oxygen treatment that Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital can now offer.
“We’ve already had nine new patients this week, and we’ve only just opened,” Mace said.
Patients treated at the center are typically sufferers of chronic wounds, Owaisi said. For instance, they may be dealing with diabetic foot ulcers or arterial disease. Fortunately, the center will have medical personnel with expertise in a variety of areas to treat patients.
“We look at treating patients in a very holistic way and we look at it from multiple viewpoints,” Owaisi said.
Patients receiving hyperbaric oxygen treatment will enter a pressurized chamber which, over the course of about 90 minutes, will provide an oxygen-enriched atmosphere for them to breathe. Those higher levels of oxygen enter a patient’s blood stream and promote the healing of chronic wounds.
The chambers are glass cylinders with a clear view on all sides, giving patients the opportunity to see out while receiving their treatments. While they lay in the chambers, patients will be free to relax quietly or to watch their favorite television shows and movies on screens suspended over the glass chambers.
In addition to the two hyperbaric chambers, the center also provides four examination rooms to see patients. The center anticipates seeing about 300 new patients this year, Reil said. About 10 percent of those will receive hyperbaric treatment.
Healogics has partnered with Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital to provide services at the Wound Care Center.
Claar said having Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital in town has benefited residents greatly. Rather than having to travel long distances to receive medical treatment, area residents now find the help they need nearby.
“To have this center in town, it’s so comforting and so rewarding to know that needed health care is available just minutes away,” Claar said.
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