Dick's accumulated experience within the combined disciplines of undersea and hyperbaric medicine extends over 50 years. Following service in the British Royal Navy throughout the decade of the 1960's he spent two years a program director at the International Underwater Explorers Society, in the Bahamas. Dick then joined the seabed living program 'Hydrolab: operating and saturating in underwater habitats in the subtropics and beneath arctic ice, on behalf of the U.S. government's National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. Dick served as a faculty member for NOAA's diving medical officer training course for 25 years. From 1976 to 1985 he was employed by Oceaneering International as an oilfield saturation diving superintendant. During this period he was a member of the team that developed the diver medic training program and its subsequent board certification process.
Since 1985 Dick has centered his hyperbaric and diving medicine operational support, education and research programs at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital/University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Over 8,000 health care professionals have trained in this setting. He founded the non-profit Baromedical Research Foundation in 1987. Initially a basic science laboratory, it evolved to become a centerpiece for an international clinical trials consortium. One of the Foundations' studies became the first randomized, controlled double-blind long-term follow-up trial to prove therapeutic efficacy of hyperbaric medicine in the setting of deficient wound healing states. More recent studies have addressed the potential radiation sensitization effect of hyperbaric oxygen in newly diagnosed squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck.
Dick was instrumental in the development of the Certification in Hyperbaric Technology (CHT) program and continues to serve as president of its certification body, the National Board of Diving & Hyperbaric Medicine. He has written numerous peer reviewed medical and technical publications and authored chapters in several undersea medicine and hyperbaric oxygen therapy textbooks. Dick serves as a subject matter expert for a number of purchasers of health care, including Medicare and Humana, and has held key committee and related leadership positions within the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.
In 1988, Stacy began serving in the US Air Force as a medical specialist and later became a registered nurse for the US Army. Stacy obtained her BSN from Beth El College of Nursing at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs while on scholarship as an ROTC cadet. Stacy gained experience in numerous areas in healthcare before finding hyperbaric medicine.
In 2001, Stacy joined the NBS team as the nurse manager for the hyperbaric medicine service at Memorial Hospital, in Colorado Springs. Over the ensuing four years she trained as a Safety Director and an Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS) Facility Accreditation Nurse Surveyor. In 2005, Stacy graduated from the WOCN approved Wound Care Specialty Program at the Medical University of South Carolina and achieved her Certified Wound Care Nurse (CWCN) certification.
Stacy became Corporate Director of Operations in 2004 and was subsequently promoted to NBS Vice President in 2006. Stacy’s principal responsibilities are client development and education, coordination of new programs, consultation and oversight. Stacy is a widely acknowledged subject matter expert on technical, safety, operations, patient care and compliance aspects of hyperbaric medicine and wound care. Client institutions all gain valued insight from her surveys prior to application for facility accreditation.
Stacy is frequently invited to lecture nationally and internationally, is a long-standing ‘Primary Training in Hyperbaric Medicine’ faculty memberand program planner for the NBS advanced hyperbaric conference series as well as UHMS Associate annual scientific meeting sessions. Stacy initiated the highly regarded ‘Ask the Experts’ forum and serves as a key provider of its database. She is a monthly contributor to NBS Safety and Compliance Notices and co-authored the chapter, Hyperbaric History and the Nursing Evolution in the Hyperbaric Nursing and Wound Care textbook.
Stacy has held numerous leadership positions within the UHMS, key of which was the first registered nurse to be elected to its Board of Directors and serve four years as the Nurse Representative.
Valerie has accrued 30 years of experience within the health care delivery field, the last 18 of which have focused on the development, introduction and longitudinal support of comprehensive wound healing and hyperbaric medicine centers. Valerie is a widely regarded subject matter expert on a range of topics that include heath care regulatory standards, related compliance and practice requirements, and analysis of new products in the context of their respective clinical value, cost-containment and inventory control. Her long-standing certification status as a medical billing specialist has extended her consulting expertise and guidance to coding conventions, claim filing, hospital consultation audit and practice oversight. Valerie's ongoing liaison with purchasers of health care serves to generate unique insights into evolving and pending CMS/Medicare rules, regulations and guidelines as they apply to the interrelated disciplines of comprehensive wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Her licensure, certifications and other qualifications provide a glimpse into the extent to which she has elevated and maintained her expertise and professional standing. Valerie serves as course director and principal instructor for 'Fundamentals in Wound Care' and is a member of the faculty of "Primary Training in Hyperbaric Medicine'. Both of these courses are approved educational offerings by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society and National Board of Diving & Hyperbaric Medical Technology. Valerie is an elected member of the Board of Directors of both the UHMS and the NBDHMT.
Dr. Cone has practiced as a hyperbaric medicine specialist at the NBS clinical headquarters facility since 1988. He became its medical director in 2000. Dr. Cone is Board Certified in both Family and Preventive Medicine and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine. He was elected a Fellow in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society in 2013.
For more than two decades Dr. Cone has been a key faculty member for both 'Primary Training in Hyperbaric Medicine' and the NBS advanced hyperbaric conference series. In these capacities he has been responsible for introductory training and continuing education of over 8,000 health care professionals. He is a nationally recognized subject matter expert on the delivery of hyperbaric oxygen therapy in general and its risk-benefit calculations in particular. This background and his ongoing commitment to currency with evolving basic and clinical science serves him well in his capacity as the lead clinical respondent for 'Ask the Experts: a highly acclaimed clinical resource.
Dr. Cone is Assistant Dean for Information Technology at the University Of South Carolina School Of Medicine. He is a long-standing member of the UHMS Hyperbaric Safety Committee and the Diving Medical Officer for the South Carolina Law Enforcement public safety dive teams.
After attending the University of South Carolina, Shannon served as Research and Statistical Analyst for the South Carolina Department of Commerce. She then moved into the private sector, working with an estate planner in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. While in Hilton Head, Shannon founded her own personal financial services company, Independent Means, LLC. This company and its clients were able to move with her as she explored living in the Northeast and returned to her home state of South Carolina. While living in Nantucket, Massachusetts, Shannon also served in secondary public education as an educator in the Special Education Department and later with the Financial and Accreditation Departments.
Since joining NBS in 2007, Shannon was worn many hats. She began her position as Human Resources Assistant; added Corporate Office Management; and further expanded her responsibilities by taking on the role of Education Coordinator. In May of 2009, Shannon was promoted to Business Manager and is charged managing the financial aspects of National Baromedical Services. She currently balances this position with her work as Education Coordinator.
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