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Open House Set For June 5 to Educate Community and Physicians

Tuesday, May 08, 2012 - Danbury, CT

David Charash, D.O.

David Charash, D.O.
Medical Director, Robert J. and Pamela Morganti Center for Wound Care
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Danbury Hospital will host an open house to educate the community and physicians throughout the region regarding wound care and hyperbaric medicine at Danbury Hospital. All are invited to the Hospital’s Robert J. and Pamela Morganti Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine on Tuesday, June 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. on the 5th floor, Tower Building Connector to meet the staff and receive tours, refreshments and health information. Visitors should park in the Red Garage (entrance on Locust Avenue). To RSVP, please call (203) 739-8170.

The team includes Medical Director David Charash, D.O., Clinical Manager John R. Leopold, MSN, APRN, Wound Center nurses Rebekah Kasmarski, Pamela Leston and Kathy Tredennick, Hyperbaric Technician Kathleen McGuire, and Medical Assistant Christine Phelps. They have completed board certification and/or advanced training in wound care, undersea and hyperbaric medicine, and have nearly 20 cumulative years of service at the Center, which opened more than five years ago. The Wound Center team specialize in treating non-healing wounds resulting from diabetes, lower extremity arterial or venous disease, edema, pressure ulcers, traumatic injuries, radiation treatment, and other medical conditions.

Wound Center nurses Rebekah Kasmarski, Pamela Leston and Kathy Tredennick, recently enhanced the team’s capabilities, having completed advanced hyperbaric training and a 40-hour course to expand their competence and skill in hyperbaric nursing. This additional training illustrates the continued commitment on the part of these nurses and the Center to providing the highest caliber and safest care to each patient and supports the Wound Care team’s work toward accreditation by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.

Board certified in Emergency Medicine, Wound Care, and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, Dr. Charash is a graduate of New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed an internship and residency respectively in emergency medicine at Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo, New York and Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan.

It is estimated that nearly 5 million Americans suffer from chronic wounds, according to the National Alliance for Wound Care, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and promotion of excellence in wound care.

“Current advances in wound care therapy help heal wounds faster,” said Dr. Charash. “Hyperbaric oxygen therapy speeds up the wound healing process, and quicker healing significantly reduces the rate of amputation in diabetics.”

With two onsite chambers for hyperbaric therapy, the Center is comprised of a team of clinical professionals with advanced training in wound management and hyperbaric medicine, an advance practice nurse practitioner (APRN) who oversees clinical services and provides patient treatment, other nurses with specialized chronic wound care training, and technicians experienced in performing non-invasive studies and various therapies.

The Center also provides nutritional assessment and counseling, patient and caregiver counseling, diabetes education, and special supplies and equipment to relieve pressure from wounds.

About Western Connecticut Health Network

Western Connecticut Health Network is the region’s premiere, patient-centered health care organization serving residents of Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. The organization is anchored by two nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital, as well as their affiliated organizations. In addition to the two hospitals, the continuum of care offered includes the following affiliates:

Western Connecticut Health Network has centers of excellence in women’s health, cardiovascular and cancer services; minimally invasive and joint and spine surgery; digestive disorders and radiology and diagnostic imaging. It also offers specialized programs for neonatology with a Level IIIb neonatal intensive care unit and accredited sleep disorder centers. Both hospitals also maintain active clinical research programs, offering clinical trials for patients with cancer and other health concerns.

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