Bethpage, NY - St. Josephs Hospital's Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine, recently received full accreditation from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), a complementary regulatory body of the Joint Commission. This certifies that the highest national industry standards and best practices in hyperbaric wound treatment have been achieved.
The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, managed by Candescent Healing, LLC, of Tarrytown, NY, is the first such center on Long Island to meet this organization's rigorous accreditation process. Only 15% of the hospitals with wound and hyperbaric medicine programs are accredited.
Over a period of several days, the UHMS survey team evaluated the quality of the facility and equipment, the professionalism of the staff, their level of training and the quality of care, patient outcomes and patient safety measures to ensure the highest standards are maintained at the facility.
"Providing the highest quality care is a top priority for us," said Jeffrey Nussbaum, MD, a general and vascular surgeon and director of the Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at St. Joseph's.
"We are very proud of this accreditation appointment and are committed to seeing that St. Joseph's Hospital serves as an industry benchmark for high standards and quality care" stated Dr. John Jackalone, the center's co-director.
"Fostering service excellence while ensuring patient trust are key drivers throughout our hospital," explained Aaron Glatt, MD, infectious diseases expert and president and chief executive officer of St. Joseph's Hospital "This accreditation demonstrates our unique center's commitment to providing superior care to our patients in their own community, and showcases the excellent physicians and compassionate nurses and technicians who work here."
In 2000, the UHMS began the accreditation process to identify centers of excellence. The process measures quality assurance among wound care centers nationwide using Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). The medical industry has responded to the growing need for sophisticated wound care with new treatments and technology.
On June 2, 2010, Catholic Health Services (CHS) announced that New Island Hospital in Bethpage, had been renamed St. Joseph Hospital. St. Joseph's Hospital became a member of CHS in January, 2010.
St. Joseph Hospital is a 203-bed, community hospital that provides comprehensive inpatient medical, critical care and surgical services. Its Emergency Department cares for more than 37,000 patients a year. Other vital services include a state-of-the-art Ambulatory Surgery Unit and endoscopy unit, nationally accredited services including, The Center for Sleep Medicine, a Diabetes Education Center, and a sophisticated Balance Center with specialized balance physical therapists, , a full scope of outpatient radiology services, including a new CT scanner, MRI, nuclear camera and a full, state-of-the-art PACS system, plus much much more.
With the addition of St. Joseph, Catholic Health Services of Long Island is now comprised of six hospitals, three nursing homes, a regional home care and hospice network, and a community-based agency for persons with developmental needs. More than 15,000 employees and 3,300 credentialed physicians work within the CHS system.
St. Joseph Hospital
The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine
4295 Hempstead Turnpike
Bethpage, NY 11714
For more information, please contact Halina Howlett at 516-520-2301 or Halina.Howlett@chsli.org