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Joseph M. Still Burn Center achieves ABA Verification

March 12, 2010

Augusta, GA – The Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital has achieved verification from the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons for it burn care of adults and children. This achievement recognizes the Burn Center’s dedication to providing a superior continuum of care for patients from the point of injury through the rehabilitation process.

Verification of burn centers is a joint program of the American Burn Association (ABA) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS). This rigorous voluntary review program includes an application, pre-review questionnaire, and in-depth on-site review by members of the ABA Verification Committee, as well as senior members of the ABA.

“This is a true mark of distinction for our Burn Center,” says Tanya Simpson, Vice-President of Burn Services Doctors Hospital. “The verification recognizes the dedication of our multidisciplinary team of burn surgeons, critical-care doctors and pediatricians, as well as specialized burn nurses, physical therapists, and dieticians. In addition, the verification review praised our strong commitment to research and burn education, for the community and emergency medical personnel throughout the Southeast,” Simpson said.

In January, the Burn Center opened a new outpatient wound and burn clinic with 20-private treatment rooms. Later this year, the Burn Center, which has long cared for pediatric burn families, will open a dedicated pediatric burn unit to better serve the needs of its younger patients and their families. In addition, it is renovating the Burn Center. The renovations include building two new burn operating rooms and a dedicated burn post anesthesia recovery room.

Presently, the Joseph M. Still Burn Center has 59-beds. Upon completion of its renovations, the Burn Center will have 70 beds dedicated to the care of burn patients. The Joseph M. Still Burn Center, the largest burn center in the United States, cares for more than 3,000 burn patients annually throughout the Southeast.

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