Dec. 20, 2012 – The Hallmark Health System Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine, located at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, recently marked its first anniversary. Since opening its doors in December 2011, the Center has had 2,142 wound clinic visits and administered 728 hyperbaric oxygen treatments. On average, the Center sees 10-plus patients per day.


The Center, which is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, offers comprehensive wound care for all types of chronic wounds including diabetic ulcers, venous and pressure ulcers, wounds caused by poor blood flow or other underlying medical conditions.


Alfonso Serrano, MD, a board-certified general and vascular surgeon, serves as the medical director for the Center. A multi-disciplinary team of highly-skilled physicians, nurses and specialists helps patients get their lives back by concentrating on non-healing wounds, ones that have resisted healing after months and even years of traditional treatment.


The Center features two hyperbaric oxygen chambers. If a patient’s wounds qualify for this type of treatment, the patient will breathe 100 percent oxygen under pressure while resting comfortably inside the roomy, plexiglass chamber. This non-invasive, painless treatment known as hyperbaric oxygen therapy, increases the patient’s oxygen level in the bloodstream. This enhances the body’s natural healing, strengthens the immune system, and often results in a return to an active lifestyle. The Center also has dedicated exam and treatment rooms that provide the best treatment for these patients.


Most insurances cover the Center’s services. Patients and caregivers can call (781) 979-3500 for more information and appointments. The Center’s staff will take care of getting patients’ visits pre-approved by insurance.


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Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford; Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Melrose; Hallmark Health Hematology and Oncology Center, Stoneham; The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham; Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading; Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice; Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford and Hallmark Health Medical Associates, Inc. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology and the Joslin Diabetes Center for diabetes care.


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