Berkshire Health Expanding Wound Care Services

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems is expanding its wound care services. Berkshire Medical Center will redesign and relocate its Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine and Fairview Hospital will open a new center in Great Barrington to better serve South Berkshire patients.

The center, currently located on the third floor of the BMC Medical Arts Complex, is being relocated to the site of the former Crane Center for Day Surgery, at the corner of Wahconah and Charles streets. Fairview Hospital is renovating the former Condor Chevrolet building in Great Barrington, which will be the home of the Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at Fairview. The renovation work is under way at both locations, expected to be completed in October.

The new Pittsfield center will feature a much larger waiting area, making it more convenient for patients who use wheelchairs, and six treatment rooms, which will all be larger than the current five in the existing center, allowing for access by stretchers and Hoyer lifts in three of the rooms. The ground floor space of the new center also will be more convenient for wound-care patients, who often have mobility challenges. Easier parking will be provided through a dedicated Wound Center parking lot, to be located directly across the street on Charles Street.

The Fairview Center, which will have comprehensive wound-care services and two hyperbaric oxygen chambers, will provide better access for many South Berkshire patients, particularly those who have had difficulty in traveling to Pittsfield for care. The expansion in Pittsfield and the new Fairview Center will also help to alleviate wait times for patients in need of wound services. In all, with the two hyperbaric chambers in Pittsfield and two in Great Barrington, Berkshire Health Systems will be able to provide access to four chambers for patients who require hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at BMC cares for more than 700 patients a year, with nearly 7,400 patient encounters, and has a 96 percent heal rate. The center provides more than 1,600 hyperbaric oxygen treatments a year to nearly 150 patients.

Services are provided by physicians and nurses with advanced training in wound management and technicians specially trained in hyperbaric treatment, all led by Dr. Richard Basile, the only physician in Berkshire County who is board certified in wound care. The staff provides care for a wide variety of conditions that lead to non-healing wounds and offers individual treatment plans that include dressings, debridement, contact casting, compression therapy, non-invasive vascular assessment and more. Wound care physicians who provide services at the center include general, vascular, plastic and orthopaedic surgeons, infectious disease and emergency medicine specialists.

The Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at BMC has been honored as a Center of the Year by Diversified Clinical Services, citing its heal rates, days to heal, medical leadership, and overall clinical accomplishments. For more information, call the center at 413-496-6870.

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