Success Stories & Testimonials
"Dr. Crim is a wonderful physician who was willing to go beyond normal care if needed."
“The staff was professional and competent in providing the treatments (HBO) which were successful."
"Fast and Efficient"
"These were the only appointments I looked forward to going. Never any delays and everyone there, from Dr, Lowrey, the nurses and office staff was so nice and kind. It is a rare to find this wonderful atmosphere that includes everyone in a medical office."
"I recommend it to my families and friends. I could not ask for a better place with wound problems."
"There is no doctor like Dr. Marks. He treated me like part of his own family. I will never forget how he saved my foot."
“I got the best care from the best physicians and nurses. I was very satisfied and I have recommended your facility highly!”
“Thank you for saving my legs.“
“Staff & Dr Marks were excellent at making pt comfortable & at ease. Wonderful, kind and great at what they do!”
We are Innovation- Hyperbaric Therapy Results in Alleviating
Washington Health System Washington Hospital added a second hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber to Washington Health System Wound and Skin Healing Center at the Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center.
Washington Health System Wound and Skin Healing Center uses hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or what is commonly known as "HBO," to treat patients referred by a variety of medical specialists.
"HBO is used for chronic non-healing wounds that have not responded to traditional treatments, as well as for gangrene and non-responding infections of the skin and bone," explains Dr. James A. Marks, Medical Director of Washington Health System Wound and Skin Healing Center.
"Although patients may have never heard of it, or it has been too far to travel to one of the other existing wound centers, HBO is a completely safe and noninvasive procedure that can produce results where other treatments have failed even to the point of saving limbs from amputation," Marks says.
There is no truer testament to the success of HBO than Tim Kelsall of Claysville. Living with Type II diabetes most of his adult life, Kelsall has suffered with diabetic ulcers on both of his feet. The wounds would never fully heal and he was making trips to the podiatrist at least twice as month.
Fortunately his podiatrist, Dr. Cynthia B. Hatfield, knew about HBO and thought Tim would be a good candidate for it.
After 30 "dives" (as they're referred to) in the hyperbaric chamber, Tim is happy to say, "it worked!"
"My left foot is totally healed and the right foot is very close to it. The therapy made the tissue healthy enough to be able to do other treatments. We wouldn't have gotten to this point without it."
While receiving treatment, patients relax on a comfortable bed encased in a large see-through plastic shell as they are surrounded by 100 % oxygen at higher-than-normal atmospheric pressure, which enables oxygen molecules to pass through the plasma to the body more easily so as to speed healing. As on an airplane, the only sensation patients may experience is a slight pressure in the ears as the pressure changes.
Tim says, "I'm a big guy but you don't feel claustrophobic because the tube is clear and the room is well lit."
Because the treatments last about 2 hours and 15 minutes, Tim brings DVDs that he's able to watch on a screen across from the chamber.
Though Tim is finished with his treatments, he will continue to see Dr. Marks for follow up.
Tim's goal is to join the Wilfred R. Cameron Wellness Center as soon as he's completely healed. He says he's happy to tell his story, hoping that someone else with the same problem might find the relief that he has. "If someone else reads this and it helps them, that's wonderful."