Chronic Wounds Adversely Affect About 6.7 million People in the U.S.
White Plains, NY. (August 26, 2021) – White Plains Hospital, a regional leader in the treatment of traumatic, postoperative and chronic wounds, recently added lifechanging hyperbaric medical therapy to its services. The newly expanded Carl Weber Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine functions as a regional referral center to treat the most complicated and treatment-resistant wounds that would otherwise potentially result in limb loss.
Central to the Hospital’s new Limb Preservation Program is hyperbaric medicine, delivered through two-state-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen chambers. In hyperbaric therapy, patients recline in enclosed beds while they breathe 100 percent pressurized oxygen over a series of sessions (the air we breathe normally is 21% oxygen). The high concentration of oxygen is the most advanced therapy to cure infections that are resistant to antibiotics while also boosting healthy tissue growth.
“These state-of-the art chambers are the largest, most cutting-edge chambers currently available for treatment,” notes Dr. Joseph Cavorsi, Medical Director of the Carl Weber Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine. “They’re wider, higher and fully see-through so that patients can comfortably receive this life-saving treatment without fear or discomfort.”
Hyperbaric therapy is especially beneficial to those with diabetes and who suffer from difficult to heal infections of the feet, sometimes referred to as “diabetic foot.” It has been estimated that 1 out of 3 people with diabetes 50 years of age or older are at risk of losing a limb.
“Many patients realize this grim statistic too late, only to be told that amputation is the only option,” says Dr. Cavorsi. “Limb removal is counter to everything we strive for here. Data shows a 95-percent cure rate for these conditions, helping patients to regain tissue health, avoid amputation and regain their lives.”
With its recent relocation to the 9th floor of the new Center for Advanced Medicine & Surgery at 122 Maple Ave in White Plains, patients in the Carl Weber Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine benefit from a program that’s fully connected to all of the Hospital’s clinical specialists and resources.
“Everything is here under one roof,” notes Dr. Cavorsi. “The convenience of being able to access lab work, imaging, radiology, vascular and orthopedic surgeons and infectious disease physicians in one location provides an incomparable patient experience.”
In addition to wound treatment for patients who suffer from diabetes, the center also treats a diverse range of chronic wounds, which are defined as those that do not properly heal within 30 days, regardless of the cause of the wound or the age of the patient.
The Carl Weber Wound Care Center was named for Dr. Carl Weber, former President of the Medical Staff and Director of Surgery. Dr. Weber was a beloved champion for all patients—especially those whose quality of life was dramatically impacted by chronic wounds. The program now continues under the direction of Dr. Cavorsi and its expansion to include hyperbaric medicine is a powerful addition.
“Dr. Weber was the guiding light of this program,” says Dr. Cavorsi. “To be able to complement this important work and further expand access to advanced care here in our community is our goal as a top healthcare facility in this region.”
To learn more, please call 914-681-2430 or visit wphospital.org/woundcare.
About White Plains Hospital
White Plains Hospital is a proud member of the Montefiore Health System, serving as its tertiary hub of advanced care in the Hudson Valley. The Hospital is a 292-bed not-for-profit health care organization with the primary mission of providing exceptional acute and preventive medical care to all people who live in, work in or visit Westchester County and its surrounding areas. Centers of Excellence include the Center for Cancer Care, The William & Sylvia Silberstein Neonatal & Maternity Center and The Ruth and Jerome A. Siegel Stroke Center. The Hospital’s Flanzer Emergency Department is the busiest in Westchester County, with more than 64,000 patient visits a year. White Plains Hospital performs lifesaving emergency and elective angioplasty in its Joan and Alan Herfort, MD, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Marie Promuto Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. White Plains Hospital has outpatient medical facilities across Westchester, including multispecialty practices in Armonk, New Rochelle, Somers and Yorktown Heights; and Scarsdale Medical Group locations in Harrison and Scarsdale.
The Hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and earned its recognition as a Top Performer for Key Quality Measures® in 2015 and 2013. The Hospital received Magnet® designation in 2012 and 2016 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The Hospital earned a three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC), one of 16 hospitals in the nation, and the Hospital’s Bariatric Surgical Center is accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). White Plains Hospital has also received full accreditation for its breast cancer program from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) recognized White Plains Hospital as a top 10% performing hospital for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2019. In 2021, White Plains Hospital received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades® for the sixth time and was the only Hospital in Westchester to be awarded with an A Safety Grade from the Leapfrog Group for the 5th consecutive time.