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Heal faster with specialized wound care including hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Wounds can refuse to heal for many reasons, from diabetes to prolonged sitting or lying in bed. If you have a wound that has not shown improvement in four weeks or failed to heal in eight weeks, call to make an appointment for an evaluation.

Wound care specialists offer state-of-the-art diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care at all three Health Quest hospitals: Northern Dutchess Hospital, Putnam Hospital Center and Vassar Brothers Medical Center. Each location has been awarded National Accreditation by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). Clinical staff, including registered nurses, specialty technicians and physicians, have completed certified courses in hyperbaric medicine.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Oxygen makes wounds heal faster. That’s why our three wound care locations offer advanced Hyberbaric Oxygen Therapy delivered by a highly trained staff of hyperbaric specialists.

The most common results from Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy are:

  • Wound healing
  • Preservation of damaged tissues
  • Infection control
  • Increased blood vessel formation

How Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy works:

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy speeds up your natural healing process by boosting oxygen levels in your blood from the normal 21% to 100%. The blood circulating in your body floods your tissues with much - needed oxygen that not only helps fight infection but encourages the formation of new skin cells.
During Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy you breathe 100% oxygen while lying inside a treatment chamber set at a pressure greater than sea level. The increased oxygen is delivered to all tissues where there is sufficient blood flow. This oxygen-rich blood helps fight infection, supports tissue growth and promotes wound healing.

What to expect from your treatment:

This procedure does not cause additional pain. Patients can lie comfortably in the chamber listening to music or watch your favorite television show. With the increased oxygen, you may feel a temporary fullness in your ears, very similar to how you might feel on an airplane.

Each treatment session lasts 1.5 hours and most wounds require 30 to 40 treatments. However, this is subjective to your individual case. Generally, there are no serious side effects.

Medical conditions that can be helped from oxygen therapy:

  • Diabetic wounds
  • Refractory osteomyelitis
  • Arterial insufficiencies
  • Compromised grafts and flaps
  • Necrotizing soft tissue infections
  • Delayed radiation injury
  • Traumatic ischemia
  • Gas gangrene
  • Air or gas embolism
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Decompression sickness
  • Crush injuries

Other Wound Care Therapies

Our services also include:

  • Wound evaluation
  • Noninvasive vascular studies
  • Specialty wound dressings
  • Bioengineered skin grafts
  • Compression therapy
  • Negative pressure wound therapy
  • Wound cultures, debridements and biopsies
  • Treatment of wound, skin and bone infections, including antibiotic therapy
  • Care for ostomies
  • Total contact leg casting
  • Patient and family education to improve outcomes and minimize re-occurrences
  • Pressure off-loading devices and footwear
  • Treatment of burns
  • Treatment for lymphedema
  • Management of Venous insufficiency symptoms and treatment

We also treat non-wound related injuries, such as soft tissue radiation necrosis, carbon monoxide poisoning and decompression sickness.

Patient Support

The Wound Care Center at Northern Dutchess Hospital offers a Healing Steps Support Group, which provides emotional support to patients and their families. It is led by a wound care nurse specialist and features guest speakers. The support group is usually held on the last Tuesday of each month. Patients at any Health Quest wound care location and their families are welcome. For more information, please call 845-871-3881.

Ostomy Support Group, of the Mid-Hudson Valley through United Ostomy Associations of America, support group meetings are held onsite at Vassar Brothers Medical Center the 2nd Thursday of each month. For more information, please call 845-297-0587.

See News and Events for upcoming meeting dates.

Make an Appointment

All three wound care locations accept both physician referrals and patient self-referrals. If you’re a patient, you can call 845-871-3888 to schedule an evaluation of your non-healing wound.

Patient intake forms can be downloaded for each hospital location. You can complete the form and bring it with you to your first appointment.

NDH Wound Care Patient Intake Form

PHC Wound Care Patient Intake Form

VBMC Wound Care Patient Intake Form

Recognitions

  • The Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center has been awarded National Accreditation by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (October 2012)
  • The Wound Care Center and Hyperbaric Medicine of Northern Dutchess Hospital has been awarded the 2014 Center of Distinction Award by Healogics, Inc., the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services.

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Ruben Delgado, MD

Ruben Delgado, MD

Dr. Delgado is the co-director of the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. He is board certified by the American Board of General Surgery. He has been on staff at Vassar Brothers since 1984. He has served as the director of the Surgical Quality Improvement Committee at Vassar Brothers Medical Center as well as the chief of surgery for four years. He was the assistant chief of surgery for 10 years. He has a masters in Health Administration and is credentialed to supervise hyperbaric medical activities.

Francine Brooks, MD, FACEP

Francine Brooks, MD, FACEP

Dr. Brooks is the co-director of the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. From 1985 to 1993 Dr. Brooks served as the Medical Director of Hyperbaric Services at Bronx Municipal Hospital Center. Bronx, New York. She is a diplomate, American board of Internal medicine, diplomate, American board of emergency medicine diplomate, national board of medical examiners, advanced cardiac life support provider and instructor, pediatric advanced life support provider and instructor, advanced trauma life support provider, certified by the Undersea and hyperbaric medicine society. She has been on staff at Vassar Brothers since 1993 and the recipient of the Physician of Excellence Award for 2012 by the Hudson Valley EMS Council. Also the recipient of the Physician of the Year Award in 2014 from Vassar Brothers Medical Center and a Vassar Brothers Diamond Gala Honoree in 2006. She has been working in the VBMC Wound Care Center since 2008 and in 2014 became a co-director of the Center.

Paul Cathcart, MD

Paul Cathcart, MD
Dr. Cathcart earned his medical degree and did postgraduate surgical training at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. He also completed surgical training at Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering, both in New York, NY. Dr. Cathcart is board certified in thoracic and cardiac surgery as well as general surgery.

John Zboinski, DPM

John Zboinski, DPM
Dr. Zboinski earned his podiatry degree from the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. He completed post-graduate training in podiatric surgery at New York College of Podiatric Medicine in New York, NY, and podiatry at Franklin Delano Roosevelt Veterans Administration Hospital in Montrose, NY. Dr. Zboinski is board certified in podiatric surgery.

Alan Berman, DPM

Alan Berman, DPM
Dr. Berman earned his doctor of podiatric medicine degree from New York College of Podiatric Medicine in New York, NY. He is board certified in podiatry.

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The Wound Care Center and Hyperbaric Medicine
6511 Springbrook.Avenue
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
(845) 871-3888

Hours:
Monday to Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

The Center for Wound Healing
670 Stoneleigh Avenue
Carmel, NY  10512
(845) 278-5683

The Vassar Brothers Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine Center
21 Fox Street, Suite 104
Poughkeepsie, NY  12601
(845) 431-2400

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