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Friday, September 30 2016 @ 09:27 AM EDT

The Center for Advanced Wound Care at Hackensack University Medical Center Officially Opens

On the heels of approval by the state of New Jersey, HackensackUMC officially opened its Center for Advanced Wound Care recently with a ceremony celebrating the state-of-the-art fully integrated outpatient department. The center has been established to provide multidisciplinary care and treatment of persons with chronic wounds and conditions that meet criteria for the approved use of hyperbaric oxygen as outlined by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS).

The facility, located at HackensackUMC’s main campus, will maintain four treatment rooms and three hyperbaric oxygen chambers. Specifically, the center will provide aggressive evidence-based wound care treatment and management including hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBO) to treat selected conditions.  The goal is to heal chronic wounds, to preserve limbs, and prevent wound recurrence while staying dedicated to providing the most up-to-date modalities in wound care in a safe environment and in a cost-effective manner.

“Today marks the next step in HackensackUMC’s strategy to provide the most holistic treatment services in the metropolitan area,” said Massimo Napolitano, M.D., co-chair of the Department of Surgery. “I commend the entire Center for Wound Care staff for building this exceptional facility and I know that our patients will receive the highest level of care to which our community has grown accustomed.”

“The Center for Advanced Wound Care is comprised of some of the most elite doctors, nurses and technicians from around the world and we look forward to combining our expertise to hasten the healing process for current and future patients,” said Rummana Aslam, M.D., medical director of the Center for Advanced Wound Care. “We are also excited to establish a significant educational component as we begin offering research and fellowship opportunities for medical students that will complement our efforts to teach patients about the progression of treatment and also how to protect themselves from another chronic wound.”

Among the services that will be available at the Center include patient and wound assessment, lower extremity evaluation, wound debridement, compression wraps and topical dressing, education of the physiology of healing and advanced treatment modalities.

Pictured from left to right: Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., executive vice president and chief executive officer, HackensackUMC; Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer, Hackensack University Health Network; Thomas E. Serena, M.D., founder and CEO, SerenaGroup;  Rummana Aslam, M.D., medical director of the Center for Advanced Wound Care; and Massimo Napolitano, M.D., co-chair of the Department of Surgery, HackensackUMC.

About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. It is the flagship hospital of the Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,140 beds, nearly 10,000 employees and 2,200 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey and one of the top three New York metro area hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2013-14. It also received 10 national rankings in: Cancer; Cardiology & Heart Surgery; Ear, Nose & Throat; Gastroenterology & GI Surgery; Geriatrics; Neurology & Neurosurgery; Orthopedics; Pulmonology; Urology; and the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital ranked as one of the Top 50 Best Children’s Hospitals for Neurology and Neurosurgery in the 2013-14 Best Children’s Hospitals list. HackensackUMC is among Healthgrades® America’s Best 100 Hospitals in 10 different areas – more than any other hospital in the nation, is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for seven years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 11 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, and received 19 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls, and remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org .  

by Mel Fabrikant

Mel is a longtime Paramus resident and has belonged to many Paramus organizations. He is responsible for bringing the Scholarship Show to town and seeing to it that the initial presentation went over well. His five offspring were brought up through the Paramus school system. In addition, he is a longtime Paramus Rotary member.

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