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McLaren opens Wound and Hyperbaric Center

r slow healing wounds can now obtain comprehensive treatment, close to home. The new Wound & Hyperbaric Center, located at 4639 E. Pickard in Mt. Pleasant, offers advanced wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, all with the goal of accelerating healthy tissue growth in patients.

“The McLaren Central Michigan Wound & Hyperbaric Center is the first of its kind in Isabella County, and we’re very excited to be providing these new services to our patients,” said Sheri Myers, Vice President of Patient Care Services at MCM.

The Wound & Hyperbaric Center team includes Rose Shufelt, RN, wound care clinician; Robert David, hyperbaric technician and safety director; and Amitava Ghosh, MD, FACS, general and vascular surgeon.

Shufelt has seven years of experience in wound care, is wound care certified, and has worked as a registered nurse for 25 years. With 16 years of hyperbaric oxygen therapy experience, David has implemented successful wound care programs throughout Michigan. Dr. Ghosh has extensive experience in both surgical and non-surgical treatment of vascular disease including wound care. He is certified in hyperbaric oxygen therapy and trained to develop personalized plans for each patient needing treatment.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) involves the use of a special chamber pressurized with 100% pure oxygen to increase a patient’s oxygen levels. Oxygen administered in high doses can promote the healing of chronic wounds and damaged organs. Length of treatment depends on the diagnosis, as well as the patient’s overall health, but typically ranges from 90 – 120 minutes.

“It’s a non-invasive and painless treatment,” Dr. Ghosh said.

McLaren Central Michigan offers the area’s largest hyperbaric chambers, providing a comfortable treatment experience. Patients with chronic wounds including radiation tissue damage, diabetic wounds, bone infections, and venous and arterial ulcers receive personalized treatment plans at the Center, which may include infection management, removal of non-living tissue, skin grafts, compression therapy, or HBOT.

Patients will benefit from one-on-one instruction and education on diabetes, foot care, nutrition and diet, smoking cessation, exercise and skin care to prevent future injuries.

The Center also serves as a new location for Dr. Ghosh’s general and vascular surgery practice.

A free health check for individuals with diabetes will be held Wed., Jan. 30 from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Wound & Hyperbaric Center, including blood glucose testing, blood pressure, nutritional counseling, and a foot exam. Call (989) 779-5606 to schedule your free appointment.

An open house for the public will be held at the Center Wed., Feb. 13 from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. Tours will be available.

To learn more about the McLaren Central Michigan Wound & Hyperbaric Center, 4639 Pickard St., Suite A, in Mt. Pleasant, call (989) 956-3118 or visit mclaren.org/centralmichigan.