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January 4, 2019

by Laura Werbner, Special to TALON

San Juan Regional Medical Center is proud to announce that the Sherman & Sally Dugan Center for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy has received accreditation from the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). This accreditation acknowledges that our facility has met the highest standards of care and patient safety through the rigorous evaluation process of the UHMS.

"We are committed to providing, promoting, developing and raising the quality of care in our hyperbaric medicine practice by adhering to the high standards of patient care and operational safety that are required by the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society. I would like to extend compliments to the entire staff at the Wound Treatment Center for their dedication to safety and the delivery of quality patient care," said Jeff Bourgeois, President and CEO of San Juan Regional Medical Center.

The Sherman & Sally Dugan Center for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is housed at San Juan Regional Medical Center's Wound Treatment Center at 4251 English Road in Farmington. The Dugans graciously donated the first hyperbaric oxygen chamber to the center, the first in the Four Corners region, in 2007. They donated a second chamber in 2011 to meet community need. The center remains the only one in the Four Corners to achieve accreditation.

Dr. Bill Palko-Schraa stands in front of one of two hyperbaric chambers at the Sherman & Sally Dugan Center for Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a specialized advanced treatment that helps certain problem wounds heal where they otherwise might not. In the hyperbaric chamber, patients breathe 100 percent oxygen at increased pressure, which causes large amounts of oxygen to be dissolved into the blood and the wound.

"The process actually stimulates the growth of new blood vessels into those tissues. When that happens all of a sudden you have a tissue that's now capable of healing where before there just wasn't enough blood flow. It can be an absolutely miraculous thing. There's nothing else that does that," said the Wound Treatment Center's Dr. Bill Palko-Schraa, who holds a National Board Certification in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine.

Wounds that are commonly treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy at the Wound Treatment Center include stage three and four diabetic foot ulcers, failed surgical flaps and graphs, and internal radiation injuries.


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