St. Mary Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Expands its Services
Apple Valley – June 29, 2012 - The St. Mary Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, has expanded
its services by the recent addition of a third hyperbaric chamber. As
an outpatient facility dedicated to the treatment of chronic and non-healing
wounds, the center has cared for more than 500 patients since it opened
in July 2010.
Alberto Gonzales was faced with losing his entire foot due to diabetes
when he was referred to the center and received care from Joe Chauvapun,
M.D. and William Suval, M.D. Gonzales’ wounded foot is nearly healed
and is thrilled with his progress, stating, “I feel better than
“I didn’t even want to look at my wound at first, so the nurses
would cover it with a sheet,” Gonzales said. ”But between
hyperbaric therapy and the weekly doctor visits, I made great progress.
Every week I was reassured I was improving and felt well-informed. On
a scale of 1 to 10, I would give the center a 15. I am even healing ahead
“Every therapy, procedure and plan of care is customized for the
patient, based on their needs,” said Marie Langley, program director
for the center.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is one of the center’s most successful
programs since it is a simple way of delivering high doses of oxygen to
the body. Patients breathe 100% oxygen while lying inside of a chamber;
the oxygen dissolves into the blood and tissues of the body stimulating healing.
The most commonly treated wounds at the center are diabetic ulcers, venous
stasis ulcers, pressure ulcers, non-healing surgical wounds, trauma and
burns. The center is proud of its clinical excellence and skilled panel
“We are surrounded daily by pain and suffering but knowing and remembering
that people can heal is what keeps everyone motivated,” said Langley