Wound Care Center Receives National Accreditation

Guthrie is pleased to announce that the Wound Care Center at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital has received accreditation from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). The Guthrie Wound Care Center use hyperbaric oxygen chambers to treat chronic wounds which are failing to heal.

This accreditation means the facility has met or exceeded the highest standards of care and patient safety through rigorous evaluation of operations, including equipment, staff and training to ensure that the utmost quality is maintained within the specialty of undersea and hyperbaric medicine.

Farokh Samimi, MD, Director of Guthrie’s Wound Care Centers said: “Participating in the UHMS accreditation program is to demonstrate that we provide the highest quality of care. Guthrie’s team of physicians, nurses, technicians and management worked together prior to the accreditation survey to ensure compliance with UHMS-related standards of practice and safety measures. This was truly a team effort, and we are really proud of the hyperbaric wound care services we offer here at Guthrie.”

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves the use of medical oxygen administered in a pressure chamber at levels higher than atmospheric pressure. This pressure helps oxygen dissolve more rapidly into the blood, advancing its absorption into damaged tissues to promote healing of diabetic wounds, serious infections, to improve survival of failed flaps or grafts, radiation injuries and other illnesses.

It is estimated that 6.7 million people currently live with chronic wounds and that number is expected to grow at over two percent annually for the next decade. Untreated chronic wounds can lead to diminished quality of life and possibly amputation of the affected limb. Chronic wounds represent a cost of more than $50 billion nationally to health care systems.

The Wound Care Centers at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital and Guthrie Corning Hospital offer advanced therapies to patients suffering from chronic wounds like diabetic foot ulcers. The Wound Care Centers feature hyperbaric oxygen chambers and special treatment rooms for a variety of procedures, including debridement.  These specialized wound care therapies can aid in wound closure, new tissue growth, wound tissue regeneration and much more. 

For more information, scheduling an appointment or if you have a wound that will not heal, please contact the Guthrie Wound Care Center in Sayre at 570-887-6724 or in Corning at 607-937-8800.

Guthrie is a non-profit integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and Upstate New York, serving patients from an 11-county service area. Guthrie is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, and is the first health system based in Pennsylvania and New York to join this network. Guthrie is comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., Towanda, Pa., and Troy, Pa., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 290 physicians and 175 mid-level providers in a regional office network encompassing sub-specialty and primary care sites in 23 communities throughout Pennsylvania and New York.  Guthrie offers a wide range of services and programs designed to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.

Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital Wound Care Staff - Kathleen Panepinto, DPM, Janet Box-Panksepp, RN, Kristin Cascio, Sarah Casselbury, Farokh Samimi, MD, FACS, Laurie Morris, RN, Debbie Palmer, Carrie Pearson, RN, Erin Dietz, RN, Jayant Chivate, MD, FACS, Lisa Jenner, John Ferencik