Winchester Adds Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy


Winchester Hospital Announces the Addition of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy to Specialized Treatments Offered by its Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center

Winchester Hospital has added the most advanced wound care modalities, hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT), to its existing specialized wound care offerings. Through a partnership with Diversified Clinical Services (DCS), Winchester Hospital’s Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center located at 75 Riverside Ave. in Medford, will now offer a more comprehensive wound care program to manage chronic or non-healing wounds caused by diabetes, circulatory problems, and other conditions. HBOT is used for problematic, non-healing wounds that meet specific criteria, and it is expected that 10 to 20% of the wound care cases will meet those criteria. The addition of these chambers will improve the already successful clinical results of the Center. 

HBOT is a safe and evidence-based treatment proven to speed the healing process for certain types of wounds. During the treatments, the patient breathes 100 percent oxygen inside a pressurized chamber, quickly increasing the concentration of oxygen in the bloodstream, where it is delivered to a patient's wound site for faster healing. Essentially, HBOT therapy helps heal the wound from the inside out. This therapy can help reduce swelling, fight infection, and build new blood vessels, ultimately producing healthy tissue. It is also effective in fighting certain types of infections, improving circulation and stimulating growth of new blood vessels. 

 “Our program is completely devoted to this interdisciplinary approach to healing problem wounds, and to helping our patients reclaim the quality of their lives,” said Gail Forthoffer, Nurse Manager of the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center. “While the majority of the patients who are treated at the program do not require HBOT, those who do receive the treatment will experience improved healing rates,” she added. A typical course of treatment involves the patient spending about 90 minutes a day in the chamber five days per week over a four-to-six-week period.

Dr. William Breckwoldt serves as Medical Director of the program. Dr. Breckwoldt and other clinicians specially trained in wound care will coordinate an individualized plan of care for each patient, working in partnership with the referring physician. “We are excited to provide this much-needed service for our community.  Our entire specialized team is trained to provide comprehensive treatment and care,” said Dr. Breckwoldt.

For more information, please call the Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center at 781-396-8224.

About Winchester Hospital

Winchester Hospital is the first community hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet® recognition, the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s highest honor for nursing excellence. As the northwest suburban Boston area’s leading provider of comprehensive health care services, the 229-bed facility provides care in general, bariatric and vascular surgery, orthopedics, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, oncology, radiation oncology, gastroenterology, urology, gynecologic urology, rehabilitation, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics,  a Level IIB Special Care Nursery and wound management. Winchester Hospital has clinical affiliations with several nationally recognized hospitals in the region, including Children’s Hospital Boston, Tufts Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. To learn more,

About Diversified Clinical Services

Diversified Clinical Services (DCS), located in Jacksonville, Florida, is the world’s largest wound care management company with over 300 hospital partners delivering excellent evidence-based care to patients with chronic wounds. DCS has been the leader in wound care for over 20 years, offering the most advanced modalities–including adjunctive hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Providing outstanding wound care is DCS’ entire focus. Our leaders are internationally recognized experts in wound care, who research, teach, and guide quality-improvement initiatives such as DCS’ Clinical Practice Guidelines. Based on our experience of treating more than two million wounds, DCS Centers traditionally achieve excellent clinical outcomes, including high limb salvage rates, an 88% healing rate within 31 median days-to-heal, and extremely high patient satisfaction. Together, we heal wounds and improve patients’ lives.