Our Mission and Strategy
Realizing that the Federal Government is not supporting HBOT for treating TBI, and may not do so in the foreseeable future, a number of states have undertaken a grassroots effort to provide HBOT to their veterans. Oklahoma was the first, establishing a Patriot Clinic in 2014 and treating over 400 patients since then. Texas and Indiana passed legislation in 2017 to pilot this treatment. Kentucky is undergoing this process. Fourteen other states are evaluating doing the same. The state of Arizona passed HB2513 in March 2018 in support of this treatment and to provide seed funding for the effort.
Arizona’s approach is slightly different from other states. An effort has been made to set up a Private-Public partnership to provide funding for treatment of veterans at two privately owned and operated, six-person HBOT chamber locations, one in Tucson (NorthStar Hyperbaric) and another in Cave Creek (HBOT of Arizona). These two large-capacity chambers can treat close to 300 patients annually. Other providers will be added as the need for treatment grows.
Healing Arizona Veterans (HAV) will pay to treat veterans at privately operated HBOT facilities. The costs to fully treat a veteran are $12,000 (80 sessions at $150 per session). HAV will begin treating veterans as the donations come in. HAV will track cost and clinical indicators, before and after the treatment, utilizing mainly objective measures (MRI-DTI, Thermograms, Sleep patterns, and others). After the first 50 veterans are treated, the results will be compiled and made available to current and future donors to demonstrate the returns they are receiving for their donations – “Treat and Track”.
Veterans will be evaluated for treatment based on the extent of their brain injury. They will also be assessed on their exposure to burn pit toxins. Burn Pit Exposure is increasingly recognized as a significantly aggravating factor exacerbating the symptoms of TBI with associated PTSD. These patients will be treated with HBOT and adjunctive therapies (IV Therapy, supplements and Infrared sauna), which will help in making HBOT treatment more effective.
Due to limitations in the amount of our privately donated funds, we prioritize patients for treatment based on several criteria including:
(a) those with the most severe war-related brain injuries,
(b) highest probability of successful treatment,
(c) longest possible contributions (post-treatment) to their families, our Country and other veterans with the similar injuries, and
(d) those who can least afford to pay for the treatment.
The State of Arizona has approved $25,000 (seed money) for this therapy. We require matching charitable contributions of $12,000 per veteran. Your contribution will make this “novel” Arizona approach a reality.
Arizona moves forward with hyperbaric oxygen therapy for veterans
4/18/2018 Governor Doug Ducey has signed off on legislation expressing support for hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) to treat veterans with traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The State of Arizona has allotted $25,000 as seed money as part of the Private-Public partnership to treat veterans with TBI utilizing HBOT. Read the bill here.