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Texas Health Dallas Hyperbaric Medicine Unit Achieves National Accreditation
05/16/2013

DALLAS — The Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine (IEEM), home to the largest Hyperbaric Medicine Unit in Dallas, was again deemed accredited with distinction from the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS). This signifies that the facility has achieved high performance measures in both patient care and safety.

The chamber, one of the largest in Texas, is designed to treat multiple patients simultaneously for chronic non-healing wounds, diabetic foot wounds, bone infections, radiation soft-tissue injuries and failing skin grafts or muscle flaps. The multiplace unit is also used to train military and civilian pilots on how to cope with low oxygen levels at high altitudes.

According to UHMS, only 13 percent of all hospital-based hyperbaric units in the country are nationally accredited. In addition, the IEEM unit is one of six in the country to offer an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) fellowship in hyperbaric medicine, in partnership with UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

“This designation emphasizes our commitment to provide a unique type of care to our patients at the highest level,” said Dr. Jeff Stone, medical and fellowship director of the Hyperbaric Medicine Unit at the IEEM, a joint program of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and UT Southwestern. “We are honored to be the only facility in North Texas to receive this distinction in the accreditation process.”

Stone was also recognized as a Fellow of Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine by the UHMS Board of Directors. His selection was based on his expertise, practice and contribution to the field of hyperbaric medicine.

“I am pleased to have a leader, such as Dr. Stone, to continue the advancement our hyperbaric program,” said Dr. Benjamin Levine, director of the IEEM and a professor of medicine and cardiology at UT Southwestern. “His dedication to patient care and scientific research is a great benefit to our community.”

About the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine
The Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine (IEEM) was founded as a joint program between Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Its mission is to promote basic and clinical research, education, and clinical practice in defining the limits to human functional capacity in health and disease, with the objective of improving the quality of life for human beings of all ages. The IEEM includes ten major laboratories tightly integrated and organized intellectually along the “oxygen cascade” — the path that oxygen must follow through the body from the external environment through the lungs, heart, and skeletal muscle to perform cognitive function and physical activity. The IEEM is among the only research centers in the world that fosters the fusion of basic science and clinical medicine in a program designed specifically to study human physiology.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is an 898-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, having provided compassionate care to the residents of Dallas and surrounding communities since 1966. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Texas Health Dallas among the nation’s best hospitals in digestive disorders, orthopedics, and neurology and neurosurgery. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Dallas has approximately 4,000 employees and an active medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

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