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EUGENE, Ore. - In 2009, McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center opened its first wound center at its Springfield hospital.
After several expansions, however, officials decided the need was far greater than they expected.
This week another wound center opened in West Eugene.
Doctors estimate there are 7,000 people in Lane County dealing with chronic wounds. And the number is growing due to increased cases of diabetes and obesity.
The McKenzie Wound Center hopes to serve 300 to 400 new patients this year alone at the new facility located at 3154 West 11th Avenue in Eugene.
The facility offers the only physician-led hyperbaric medicine practice in Lane County. Sometimes called hyperbaric oxygen therapy, the treatement involves breathing oxygen under pressure.
Hyperbaric chambers are used to reduce instances of infection. The approach can reduce treatment time, which averages only 29 days at the facility.
Patients at the wound center won't have to tackle treatment using their primary care physician or wound care nurses. Instead, patients will see a physician each visit, trained to evaluate medical history and circumstances specifically relevant to each individual.