Jackson Hospital’s new Chipola Wound Healing Center treats its first patient using hyperbaric oxygen therapy


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Contact:  Rosie Smith

 Jackson Hospital’s new Chipola Wound Healing Center treats its first patient using hyperbaric oxygen therapy

April 20, 2017 Marianna, FL -   Jackson Hospital, Marianna, marked a milestone last Friday with its first patient receiving hyperbaric oxygen treatment at the brand new Highway 90 Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine Center.  Dr. Richard Brunner was the treating physician for Mrs. Donna Harrison, who lives just over the Florida state line separating Chattahoochee from Georgia.  Mrs. Harrison now holds the distinction as the first patient treated in the state-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen chamber. 

Mrs. Harrison had a hard-to-heal wound on her toe caused by her diabetes.  She said, after emerging from the see-through chamber, “My skin feels so soft….it was wonderful, quiet and peaceful.”   She continues by saying that she had absolutely no reservations being in the chamber for her therapy which lasted about 2 ½ hours.

Mrs. Harrison indicates the only challenge was not being able to wear cosmetics, nail polish or hair spray.  However, she did enjoy conversing with hyperbaric oxygen technician Tiffany Brown, who was at her side for the duration of the therapy.  Mrs. Harrison also enjoyed the TV and took a little nap.

Dr. Brunner summarized, “Mrs. Harrison is an ideal patient [for oxygen treatment]; very good patient.  She did well.”

Medical care guidelines stipulate the treatment progression of hard-to-heal wounds.  In Mrs. Harrison’s situation, she’ll continue to receive oxygen treatment three times a week for the next three weeks, totaling nine treatments.  Treatment may extend beyond the first nine depending on her condition.  Typically, patient treatment can last for 4-6 weeks.

Oxygen therapy can help wounds heal more quickly than traditional wound therapies.  Positioned in a pressurized chamber, patients comfortably breathe in high concentrations of oxygen.  Once in the bloodstream, this oxygen allows the body to heal by reducing infections, improving circulation, especially in the extremities, and stimulating the growth of healthy tissue.

The Wound Healing Center in Marianna works with patients to provide specific treatments for burns, ischemic ulcers, surgical wounds, traumatic injury wounds, diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, vasculitis, venous insufficiency, neuropathic ulcers, and other wounds that have not responded to traditional therapies.

For more information about or for a tour of the new Chipola Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine Center at 4896B Highway 90 in Marianna, contact Margaret Watkins, MSN, RN, at (850) 526-6730.

Jackson Hospital enjoys high quality and safe patient care along with nationally ranked top 25% customer service scores.  The hospital is forward-thinking in expanding needed services with its OR expansion, and now open Chipola Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine Center and Chipola Quick Care.  The hospital, located at 4250 Hospital Drive, Marianna, FL, has 33 physicians on its active Medial Staff.  For information on hospital services, visit www.jacksonhosp.com.  For physician referral, please call Rachel Toliver at (850) 718-2629.

About Jackson Hospital

Jackson Hospital is an award-winning facility and is proud of its most recent recognition, the FHA Award of Significance in Reducing Harm Across the Board.  Jackson Hospital is an iVantage Top 100 Rural & Community Hospital.  The hospital was named in The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report “America’s Hospitals:  Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for Heart Failure, Pneumonia, Surgical Care, Immunization, and Perinatal Care.  The March of Dimes and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recognize Jackson Hospital as the first hospital in Florida’s panhandle for achieving an early elective delivery rate less than 5%.  The hospital was designated by Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association as a Blue Distinctive Center+ for Maternity Care designation, a new designation under the Blue Distinction Specialty Care Program. 

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