Arobella Medical - Sound Touch for Wound Care™

Irving Healthcare Foundation

1901 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, Texas 75061

Date: February 4, 2009

For release: Immediately

Contact: Sarah White at 972-579-4392

Two Area Donors Give $50,000 for Wound Care Device

Generous gifts to the Irving Healthcare Foundation (IHF) from Grapevine and Irving donors are helping to start the New Year off right for wound care patients.

Matching $25,000 contributions have fully funded the purchase of a new Arobella Qoustic Wound Therapy System for Baylor Medical Center at Irving. This equipment has been on loan to the hospital since just before Christmas and therapists already have seen patients wounds heal twice as fast over typical treatments.

"We are thrilled with the results we've seen so far," notes Cathy Thut, director of Baylor Irving's Physical Medicine Department. "This device uses sterile saline water and focused ultrasonic waves to separate and remove bacteria and infected tissue and while leaving behind healthy tissue. The system also helps prepare wound areas for grafts and other therapies." Additionally, the equipment is portable, which therapists to clean wounds bedside or in outpatient procedure rooms. Baylor Irving is the first hospital in the Baylor Health Care System to offer treatment using this equipment.

"Securing the funds for this miraculous device has turned out to be a very generous 'Tale of Two Cities'" noted John Drake, IHF president. The Joey Wilkins Foundation of Grapevine granted $25,000 for the equipment at the end of December 2008. One week later on Jan. 7, the Irving Healthcare Auxiliary pledged an equal amount to help the foundation reach its goal.

"This device is a perfect example of how new technology can reduce the cost of health care. The results prove that although our therapists spend less time with patients, they're healing quicker than before. This means our therapists can schedule treatments with greater efficiency and, most importantly, we can better serve even more patients," Thut added. Also, because wounds are healing quickly with this device, some patients no longer require oral antibiotics to help their wounds heal, which saves them money.

The ongoing mission of the Joey Wilkins Foundation is to assist individuals and families with the life changing circumstances that a spinal cord injury requires. The Foundation focuses on people in the North Texas area and on assisting with mobility issues. Fundraising efforts include the Joey Wilkins Foundation Burrito Barn, an annual benefit Golf Tournament, and the silent & live auction following the golf tournament. This year's golf event will be held November 23, 2009 at Bear Creek Golf Course.

Irving Healthcare Auxiliary is the corps of 200 individuals who volunteer at Baylor Irving. Each year, these volunteers provide hours of service to the hospital that equal more than 20 full-time employees.

Located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Baylor Irving is the premier comprehensive medical center serving Irving, Las Colinas and the surrounding communities. The not-for-profit hospital offers advanced treatment capabilities in cardiovascular services, orthopaedics, oncology, digestive disorders, physical medicine and emergency care.

Founded in 1977, IHF's mission is to make people healthier by awarding funds raised and by encouraging volunteer service to worthy nonprofit organizations that provide healthcare or medical services in Irving. IHF has granted more than $27 million through the years to Baylor Irving and three other healthcare charities in that city. More information is available at www.irvinghealthcare.org.

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