COVID-19: Vaccines, boosters, testing, and visitor guidelines. Please use ER for emergencies only.

PeaceHealth Hyperbaric Center

Comprehensive Wound Care

As you may be aware, many local businesses are facing staffing challenges – and local pharmacies are no exception. These developments are seriously impacting patients’ access to needed medications. Many community members are experiencing wait times for prescriptions of at least a week or more.

Action you can take to help avoid delays

You can reduce the risk of delays in obtaining prescriptions from your community pharmacy by requesting refills seven to 10 days before you run out of your medication. You also can discuss mail-order prescription program options with your insurance or healthcare provider. Please keep in mind that wait times for new prescriptions will be varied and unpredictable; please discuss options with your physician when they prescribe you a new medication.

Our No. 1 priority is the safety and well-being of our patients. As valued patients and community members, PeaceHealth is here to guide you through these challenges to ensure you have access to much-needed medications.

  • Prior to scheduling an appointment: If you have a fever, cough or other symptoms of possible infection, please notify us when you schedule an appointment and before you arrive. If you’re having a medical emergency, call 911.
  • Bring a mask: For everyone's safety, masks are required in all PeaceHealth facilities regardless of vaccination status.
  • Entrance screening: Upon arrival, everyone will be screened for symptoms. 
  • Vaccines: Information about COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters can be found at peacehealth.org/vaccines

The Hyperbaric Center at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center is one of three facilities in Oregon—and the only one in Lane County—accredited by the Undersea & Hyperbaric Medical Society. UHMS national accreditation demonstrates our acheivement of the highest level of quality and safety for patient care. Hyperbaric Safety Director Robert Barnes, MD, is the region's only physician board-certified in both Infectious Diseases and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine. And Belinda Hinkle, Certified Hyperbaric Registered Nurse, completes the team. Together, the Hyperbaric Center and the Wound & Ostomy Center at Sacred Heart provide comprehensive wound care.

Clinical Benefits of HBO2

Hyperoxygenation. HBO2 increases oxygen in the plasma 10 to 15 fold, delivering more oxygen to damaged tissue to promote healing.

Hyperoxia-enhanced antimicrobial activity. HBO2 can inhibit or inactivate certain toxins, enhance phagocytosis and white cell oxidative killing, and increase the activity of some antimicrobials.

Neovascularization. HBO2 enhances fibroblast division, stem cell proliferation, and formation of collagen and capillary angiogenesis in late radiation damaged tissue, refractory osteomyselitis and chronic ulcers.

Hyper-induced vasoconstriction. HBO2 helps manage compartment syndrome and other acute ischemia in injured extremities. It also reduces interstitial edema in grafted tissue and decreases fluid resuscitation requirements in burn wound management.

Attenuation of reperfusion injury. HBO2 has been shown to reduce the deleterious effect of leukocytes as blood flow is restored to damaged tissue.

How it Works

The Hyperbaric Center houses Sechrist Monoplace 4100 Hyperbaric Chambers, the largest hyperbaric monoplace chamber on the market. The chamber capabilities include multiple intravenous transfusion lines, electrical monitoring including EKG, transcutaneous oxygen monitoring and a patient air-break system.

Hyperbaric Center Staff

Kialing P. Perez, MD
Medical Director
Hyperbaric Attending Physician

Board-certified, Infectious Diseases
Advanced Training in Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
Certified Diving Medical Officer of the Diving Medical Advisory Committee

Jason Cronin, MD
Hyperbaric Attending Physician
Board-Certified, Infectious Diseases

Brenda Ormesher, MD
Hyperbaric Attending Physician
Board-certified, Infectious Diseases

Robert K. Pelz, MD, PhD
Hyperbaric Attending Physician
Board-certified, Infectious Diseases, Advanced Training in Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Referring a Patient

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is offered as a referral and consultation service only. A consultation appointment will be made for the patient, once appropriate case documentation has been received. The referring/primary care physician will remain responsible for the patient's general medical management and will be updated from a hyperbaric perspective by the hyperbaric oxygen therapy team. Out-of-town patients may be referred to an appropriate local physician at the discretion of the referring physician.

Watch on YouTube: Dr. Perez on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Physician Factsheets

Treatment Indications

  • Acute carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Decompression sickness
  • Late radiation tissue injury
  • Problem wounds and diabetic foot lesions
  • Osteoradionecrosis
  • Chronic osteomyelitis
  • Crush injury, compartment syndrome, other acute ischemia
  • Necrotizing soft tissue infections
  • Clostridial myonecrosis
  • Cerebral arterial gas embolism

The Hyperbaric Center works in conjunction with Sacred Heart's Wound & Ostomy Center, provides the following services:

Wound & Ostomy services include:

  • Evaluation of wounds and development of a plan of care
  • Pre- and post-op ostomy evaluation and plan of care
  • Pressure ulcer prevention and treatment
  • Pressure ulcer prevalence and incident monitoring
  • Specialty support surface management
PeaceHealth Hyperbaric Center
3333 RiverBend Dr
1st Floor
Springfield, OR 97477
541-222-4500
Fax: 541-222-1786

Medical Services

My PeaceHealth

My PeaceHealth is the electronic medical record for patients of PeaceHealth Medical Group providers.

My PeaceHealth electronic medical record for PeaceHealth Medical Group patients