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Columbia County Health System's Wound Care Center is now open and we are actively seeing patients. The wound care center uses a combination of standard wound care treatments, advanced wound care dressings, and hyperbaric oxygen treatments (HBO2).  Hyperbaric oxygen treatments have shown clinical efficacy for lower extremity wounds and delayed radiation injuries.  Studies show that use of hyperbaric treatment as a component of diabetic wound management decreases risk of a major amputation by 24%.  A 2006 study also showed that use of hyperbaric oxygen treatment led to a 29% improvement in flaps and graft survival. (Citation: Thom, S. R. (2011)


Our wound care center team is led be Dr. Kurt Frauenpreis with Melissa Czapka, ARNP performing direct patient treatments. We have three specialty trained registered nurses and two respiratory therapists working alongside the providers in support of this program.  We are actively receiving referrals from area providers and our center can be reached directly by calling:   509.382.8422.




Dayton General Hospital was established in 1960 with the vision and mission of providing high quality healthcare to the local communities. We are a Public Hospital District with Critical Access Hospital, Level V Trauma Center, and Level III Cardiac and Stroke Center designations. Our primary service areas include Dayton, Waitsburg, Starbuck, and surrounding areas. More commonly known as Columbia County Health System, we are comprised of Columbia Family Clinic, Waitsburg Clinic, Booker Rest Home, and Dayton General Hospital. Our Rural Health Clinics are here for primary care and behavior health needs 6 days a week. We are staffed with 3 primary care medical doctors, a board certified emergency medicine doctor, a board certified pediatrician, and 3 mid-level family practice providers.  Our Emergency Department is staffed with our employed providers as well as partner physicians.