Joseph M. Still Burn Center

Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation

Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation (SFBF) provides assistance to patients and families being treated at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital. The Foundation provides many free services for burn patients and their families to include: lodging at the Jeffery Vaden Chavis House on the Doctors Hospital campus, daily meals, transportation, medications and anti-scarring garments.

SFBF was founded by Joseph M. Still, Jr., M.D., founder of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center. Dr. Still made it his mission to not only improve the treatment of burn care for his patients, but to help the patients and their families with non-medical necessities. He wanted to provide a place for family members to stay while their loved ones are in the Burn Center.

The Jeffrey Vaden Chavis House at the Shirley Badke Retreat

Patients at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital could be in the hospital for as little as one week or as long as 8 to 10 weeks. Since most burn patients come from outside of Augusta, finding an affordable place to stay for their families close to the hospital is sometimes impossible. That’s why Doctors Hospital has a residence on campus run by the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation that allows family members of burn patients to stay, free of charge, while their loved one is in the hospital. The residence is named after Jeffrey Vaden Chavis, a South Carolina firefighter who died in the line of duty.

The Chavis House:

  • Sleeps up to 50 people
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Kitchen for warming up food
  • Family room with TV

Local churches in the Augusta area pitch in and make sure there is one hot meal served at the residence each day for the families.

Learn more about the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation and the services it offers:
3614 J. Dewey Gray Circle, Building C
Augusta, GA 30909

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Dr. Joseph M. Still (1938-2006), an Augusta, GA surgeon, was a pioneering physician in the area of burn care and treatment and was instrumental in the creation and development of what has become a 70 bed critical care unit at Doctors Hospital of Augusta (“Doctors Hospital”) that is ceremonially named in his honor, i.e. the “Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital of Augusta” (herein the “Hospital Burn Center”). The Hospital Burn Center is dedicated to the care and treatment of patients with burn and related injuries. The Hospital Burn Center and is owned and operated as medical unit or patient wing of Doctors Hospital by Doctors Hospital of Augusta, LLC, a Delaware Limited Liability Company. Doctors Hospital of Augusta only does business in the State of Georgia.

Similarly, a medical practice located in Augusta, GA adjacent to Doctors Hospital also bears Dr. Still’s name and is known as “Joseph M. Still Burn Centers, Inc.” The physicians that practice medicine through this medical practice also service the medical needs of patients treated at the Hospital Burn Center. The medical practice known as “Joseph M. Still Burn Centers, Inc.” is a Georgia for profit corporation having practice locations in not only Augusta, GA, but also in Austell, GA (at Wellstar Cobb Hospital), N. Charleston, SC (at Trident Medical Center), and Brandon, MS (at Crossgates River Oaks Hospital). The physician’s clinical practice locations at these other hospitals, as well as any burn care and treatment provided by any of these other hospitals, is completely unrelated to Doctors Hospital and Doctors Hospital has no interest in these Austell, GA, Charleston, SC and Brandon, MS locations and the clinics, medical practices or burn care treatment that is provided therein. Doctors Hospital does not do business in either South Carolina or Mississippi.

Doctors Hospital of Augusta, LLC. and the Joseph M. Still Burn Centers, Inc. are unrelated legal entities. Doctors Hospital has no legal interest in the ownership and/or operation of the medical practice known as “Joseph M. Still Burn Centers, Inc.” Patients who are treated at the Hospital Burn Center in Augusta, GA will receive a bill for hospital services from Doctors Hospital of Augusta and, if treated by the physicians that practice through Joseph M. Still Burn Centers, Inc., a separate bill from Joseph M. Still Burn Centers, Inc., the physicians’ practice.

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“We are proud of our partnership with the JMS Burn Center at Doctors Hospital,” says Jo Maypole, President and CEO of the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation. “It allows us to make a difference for the families of burn patients.”

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The Chavis House allows families to get together and share stories with each other.