By Col. Jonathan StabileMay 23, 2019
Col. Jonathan Stabile, OIC
Hyperbaric Medicine Department
Eisenhower Army Medical Center
The Army's only clinical hyperbaric medicine department located at Eisenhower Army Medical Center has, for the second time attained the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society's highest certification rating. The department earned the "With Distinction" rating which is coveted among hyperbaric and wound-care facilities. It is a distinguishing criteria that is awarded to facilities that demonstrate the highest standards of performance and patient safety.
During this evaluation period the department performed 600 hyperbaric treatments and seen more than 3,500 chronic wound-care visits. The department also serves as the primary or backup emergency treatment facility for NASA and Air Force high-altitude test flights, military diving operations and high-altitude, low-opening airborne operations. As part of the clinic's readiness mission it provides waiver authority for the Army Corp of Engineer Divers as well as pressure testing for submariner candidates.
The staff has almost a century of combined experience in hyperbaric medicine, diving medicine and wound care. Herb Yeager has been at Eisenhower since the inception of hyperbaric medicine here in 1997 and prior to that ran the Hyper and Hypobaric Department at the U.S. Army School of Aviation Medicine, Fort Rucker, Ala. He is a subject matter expert in the safety and maintenance of multi-place hyperbaric chamber facilities.
Emanuel Stephens is a certified hyperbaric technician, former corpsman with the U.S. Navy, and a certified cave and technical diver. Spc. Nicole Cruz is a certified hyperbaric technician and program manager for the department. Teresa Kitchens is a certified hyperbaric technician, an advanced clinical hyperbaric registered nurse, and holds various wound-care certifications. She has 30 years of experience in wound care and hyperbaric medicine.
Col. Jonathan Stabile completed the Navy's Diving Medical Officer course in 2000 and the Duke Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Fellowship in 2014. He is board certified in undersea and hyperbaric medicine and is a certified wound specialist physician. He is published in and a reviewer for the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine journal.
With an ever-aging population and increase in frequency of diabetes and diabetic wound complications, wound care and hyperbaric medicine is growing more rapidly than ever. This specialized service can often alter the course of disease by preventing the morbidity and mortality associated with amputations. Preventing loss of limbs has dramatically improved many of the lives of veterans and retirees. The Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care department has the privilege of serving soldiers, dependents, retirees and veterans and strives to continue providing 5 Star health care.