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HEALTH NOTES

January 07, 2007

Hospital foundation gets $330,000 gift

The Carroll Hospital Center Foundation recently received $330,000 from the estate of Paul and Rosella Wine.

Paul Wine, a longtime Carroll Hospital Center volunteer, established a charitable trust before his death in the early 1990s. Upon Rosella's death in March, the remainder of the trust was left to Carroll Hospital Center Foundation.

Smothers is named official at hospital

Dr. Kevin Smothers has been appointed to the newly created position of senior vice president of medical affairs at Carroll Hospital Center.

A new member of the hospital's executive team, Smothers will serve as liaison between the medical staff, clinical leadership and administrative teams.

Smothers previously served as the physician director of the Medicine Service Line at Franklin Square Hospital. He is board-certified in internal medicine and a graduate of Stony Brook University School of Medicine.

Wound care center gains accreditation

The Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Carroll Hospital Center recently received full accreditation from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.

In September, a survey team evaluated the quality of the Carroll Hospital Center wound care facility and equipment, the professionalism of the staff and level of training, and the quality of care and patient safety measures.

The medical society, which determines best practices in hyperbaric medicine, began a nationwide accreditation process six years ago to measure quality assurance among wound care centers using hyperbaric oxygen therapy. In that therapy, a patient with a nonhealing wound is placed in a tubular chamber and given a 100 percent concentration of pressurized oxygen, on the theory that it promotes tissue healing, said a spokeswoman from the wound care center.

Since January 2005, the Carroll Hospital Center has performed 1,783 hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments.

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