Local Hospital Celebrates a Year of Healing

Sutter Delta Medical Center’s Advanced Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center has reached a one-year milestone in healing patients who suffer from chronic wounds in East Contra Cost County. Offering the latest in advanced wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT), the center has treated and healed more than 300 chronic wounds since opening in September 2010.

“This center is another example of Sutter Delta’s continued commitment to serve the residents in our communities by bringing the latest, most advanced technology to our area,” says CEO Gary Rapaport. “Our residents now have the convenience of staying close to home to receive the care they need. You can’t put a price on not having to travel out of the area when you don’t feel well.”

About six million Americans suffer from chronic, non-healing wounds each year. Consequently, chronic wounds are quickly emerging as a very critical health issue and are often caused by other underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, high blood pressure, obesity and other circulation or mobility problems.

Treating skin wounds requires input from a number of specialists coordinating seamless care for a patient. For example, diabetic patients with chronic wounds need to work with wound care specialists who closely collaborate with their primary care physician and endocrinologist to help control their blood sugar levels, so their wounds can heal.

“Each wound requires a multidisciplinary approach,” says Dr. Ray Rassai, the center’s medical director. “We have a highly trained team that includes general, vascular and plastic surgeons; podiatrists; wound care nurses; and an HBOT safety director. Each member of our team utilizes the latest techniques in wound care management to accelerate the healing of chronic wounds and to reduce the rate of amputations.”

Even after a year, we are still working hard to meet with the many medical professionals serving our East County community — including dentists, primary care doctors, nurse practitioners, podiatrists, surgeons, oncologists and others — to let them know about our wound care services and hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which we can now provide to their patients close to home.

Sutter Delta Medical Center is located in Antioch, Calif., and has been serving East Contra Costa County’s communities since 1967. With more than 900 employees and 300 physicians on staff, Sutter Delta’s services include 24-hour emergency care, a family birthing/women’s health center and advanced cardiovascular care. Sutter Delta Medical Center is a proud member of the Sutter Health network of doctors, not-for-profit hospitals and other health care service providers.

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