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The weather was perfect for outside work in Peru this week as Illinois Valley Community Hospital began construction of the building that will house the new IVCH Wound and Hyperbaric Center. As hospital and Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce officials gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony, a backhoe could be seen behind them beginning excavation work for the 2,400-square-foot wound center building being put up on a vacant lot directly across from the IVCH emergency department entrance. The facility will have hyperbaric oxygen therapy as one of its treatments. HBO therapy is not now available in the Illinois Valley area, according to Tommy Hobs, IVCH chief executive officer. He says the wound center will treat chronic wounds, which affect more than 8 million people in the U.S. Hobbs says an aging population is fueling rising rates of diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity and the late effects of radiation therapy that can lead to non-healing open wounds. The new center is scheduled to open in July.
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