Augusta, GA – The new Joseph M. Still Advanced Wound and Burn Clinic on the campus of Doctors Hospital will open at 8 a.m. on Monday, January 11. The new clinic has 20 patient treatment rooms, which is double the size of the current clinic.
“The new clinic serves a growing need in the CSRA and surrounding areas,” said Dr. Fred Mullins, medical director of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center and president of Joseph M. Still Burn Centers, Inc. “On average 75 patients a day are seen at the clinic. The new clinic gives us more space to treat patients. It should also reduce wait time for patients.”
Three of the new treatment areas are dedicated for treating patients who need physical and/or occupational therapy, and the clinic has a centralized nursing station, four procedure rooms equipped with full cardiac monitoring, an expanded hyperbaric treatment area and new hydrotherapy rooms.
The clinic has a new waiting area for outpatients with more space, an area for children to play, and four private registration areas. The new waiting room for the family members of burn patients, a separate room, has comfortable seating arranged in pods, a large kitchen area with a microwave, a full-size refrigerator, a coffee bar, two private rooms for physicians to meet with family members, and office space for the center’s social worker and case manager.
“The new burn center waiting room has been designed to be a ‘home away from home’ for families,” said Tanya Simpson, the vice-president of Burn Services at Doctors Hospital.
The opening of the new wound and burn clinic is the first of a series of renovations and expansion for burn care services at Doctors Hospital. The Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital, which has long cared for pediatric burn families, is creating a dedicated pediatric burn unit to better serve the needs of its younger patients and their families. It is also building two new burn operating rooms and a dedicated burn post anesthesia recovery room. Upon completion of project, the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital, the largest in the country, will have 70 beds dedicated to the care of burn patients.