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New Medical Director at Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center
St. Mary Names New Director of Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center
Off-site Center specializes in hard-to-heal wounds and skin ulcers
LANGHORNE, Pa., July 10, 2013 – St. Mary Medical Center recently appointed Dr. Nathaniel Holzman as the new Medical Director for the St. Mary Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center. Dr. Holzman is an experienced cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon who received his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed a clinical fellowship and a research fellowship in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Massachusetts and also completed a clinical fellowship in wound healing at The Center for Wound Healing at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Treatments for radiation and chronic wounds, including diabetic and venous stasis ulcers, and the utilization of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in wound healing are among his areas of expertise.
“I am pleased to be joining the specialists at the St. Mary wound center,” says Dr. Holzman. “Excellent results in healing are the ultimate goal of all the work I do as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon so this is an area of medicine that is of utmost importance to me.”
St. Mary Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center, located in the Cornerstone Executive Suites off Woodbourne Road in Langhorne, PA, is a specialized resource center to treat chronic and non-healing wounds that have resisted conventional treatment. The wound center offers advanced healing therapies including bio-engineered skin substitutes and negative-pressure wound therapy, proven clinical protocols, and individual patient treatment plans using a disease-management approach to healing wounds and addressing the underlying causes of problematic wounds, such as inadequate circulation, poor nutrition, or lack of exercise. The wound center offers a comprehensive approach that allows patients to return to their normal lifestyle faster.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a therapy used to accelerate the healing process during which a patient breathes 100 percent oxygen while relaxing in a special pressurized chamber. The higher concentration of oxygen accelerates healing by helping the blood supply more oxygen to organs and tissues in the body, including the skin. Oxygen is considered a medication whose use is monitored by FDA regulations, and physicians, nurses, and other staff at the St. Mary Wound Center are specially trained and certified in providing this treatment modality. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is specifically approved for treatment of certain diabetic wounds, wounds associated with chronic bone infections, wounds recently treated with surgical grafts, and other specific indications, as well as to minimize tissue damage from radiation therapy for cancer.
“The St. Mary Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center is a unique and vital resource that provide the highest level of advanced wound care for those with hard-to-heal wounds,” says Dr. Holzman. “I highly recommend that anyone who has had an open wound for more than two weeks that is not showing significant signs of improvement, ask their doctor for a referral to the Wound Healing Center. Non-healing wounds are a very serious medical condition that compromise a person’s health, well-being and quality of life and often lead to dangerous infection and amputation.”
Chronic and non-healing wounds can result from a number of factors, including diabetes, poor circulation, trauma, vein disease, and immobility (which can lead to pressure ulcers, commonly known as bed sores). People with diabetes are at particular risk. Currently 7 million people in the United States have chronic wounds, and the epidemic rates of diabetes and obesity coupled with an aging population indicate that the incidence of chronic wounds will increasingly become a greater medical concern.
Patients seen at the Wound Healing Center receive an assessment of their overall medical condition and ongoing care by a highly skilled team of wound-care specialists. Education on caring for the wound at home and continuous communication with the patient’s primary care physician also are part of a comprehensive healing plan. Services coordinated by the Center may include skilled nursing care provided in the home.
The St. Mary Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center is conveniently located off Woodbourne Road in the Cornerstone Executive Suites, 1 Cornerstone Drive, Suite 500, Langhorne, PA 19047. To schedule an appointment, please call 215-710-HEAL (215-710-4325). A physician referral may be required.