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YCH Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center Heals with People

Celebrating wound center staff and their benefit to the community 

With life-threatening chronic wounds on the rise[1], there is a greater need for an integrated approach to healing in a timely, cost-effective manner. Wound healing centers often collaborate across multiple specialties in an effort to reduce the risk of complications and amputations. The Yoakum Community Hospital Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center staff includes clinicians with advanced training who are the cornerstones in the treatment of patients with problem wounds.

At the YCH Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center, the staff focuses on “continuity of care,” meaning that patients will be seen and treated by the same team at each visit, making the healing process less stressful on the patient and encouraging better outcomes. They are dedicated to creating a cohesive plan for treatment and maintaining consistent communication to best meet the patient’s needs.

“Our wound care team at YCH is the most important element in the successful healing of the patient,” said Karen Barber, Chief Executive Officer. “Each of member of the team has the required knowledge, skills and experience to provide compassionate and comprehensive care for complex wounds.”

The YCH Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center is staffed by:

  • R. Martin Lambert, M.D. (Wound Care Physician Director)
  • Dalena Dekowski, FNP (Wound Care Provider)
  • Jennifer Chomout, LVN (Wound Care Clinical Coordinator)
  • Susan Barnes, RN (Wound Care Lead Nurse)
  • Christi Jacobs, RN (Wound Care Nurse/HBO Technician)

The YCH Healing and Hyperbaric Center treats all wounds. The approach to wound care is aggressive and comprehensive, yet caring and comforting. The center coordinates traditional and advanced therapies that aid and accelerate the healing process, such as hyperbaric medicine. For patients that means faster healing times, longer-lasting results, decreased amputation rates and increased mobility – all leading to a better quality of life.

The types of wounds treated include:

  • diabetic foot ulcers
  • venous ulcers
  • pressure ulcers
  • surgical wounds
  • traumatic wounds
  • arterial ulcers
  • radiation wounds
  • compromised skin grafts and flaps
  • crush injuries

The Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center at Yoakum Community Hospital is open Monday thru Friday. For more information about wound care or to schedule an appointment, call (877) 295-2273.

[1] Hulen, H. (2017, June 08). Pursuing Value: The Clinical, Economic & Administrative Benefits of Utilizing an Integrated Wound Care Portfolio; from https://www.todayswoundclinic.com/articles/pursuing-value-clinical-economic-administrative-benefits-utilizing-integrated-wound-care