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Memorial to expand Wound Center of Niagara


Fri, May 1st 2015 04:10 pm

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, a full-service, 171-bed regional medical center with extensive inpatient and outpatient services, today announced plans to expand its busy Wound Center of Niagara.

The center, which opened in November 2013, is a collaborative effort of the medical center and RestorixHealth. It offers comprehensive care for chronic and nonhealing wounds, employing a wide range of options and expertise, including hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Recognized as a Wound Center of Excellence by RestorixHealth in June, the Wound Center of Niagara exceeded national wound care quality benchmarks in areas including healing outcomes and safety, along with a patient satisfaction rate of 95 percent or higher.

"Two months after receiving that designation, our center reached full capacity for the use of its two hyperbaric oxygen chambers," said Sanjay Chadha, Memorial's vice president for service line operations. "That demand has continued unabated and it is clear the need exists for additional hyperbaric oxygen therapy capacity."

The planned $150,000 expansion will be funded by RestorixHealth and take place in the center's current location across the street from the medical center. It will include the addition of a third hyperbaric chamber, thereby boosting the center's hyperbaric oxygen therapy capacity by 50 percent and eliminating the existing wait list for treatment.

Construction will take about four months and will commence when approval for the expansion is granted by the New York State Department of Health.

"We have a highly skilled staff, outstanding support from referring physicians and a great partner in RestorixHealth," Chadha said. "With a healing rate of 98 percent and an average patient satisfaction score of 98.5 percent, this expansion will ensure we are prepared to meet the growing demand for chronic wound care services."

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