Providing care to a pediatric burn patient presents a unique set of challenges that requires exceptional skill and tremendous experience to ensure the best possible outcome. Each year approximately 3,000 burn patients come through the doors of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center, which is double that of other large burn centers in the country. Approximately one-third of our patients are children and of those, at least 10 percent are critically ill and require intensive care.
Burn Care Pediatric Intensivist
Richard Cartie, M.D., Medical Director of Pediatric Critical Care
The Joseph M. Still Burn Center has a full time burn care pediatric intensivist, Dr. Richard Cartie. Dr. Cartie is board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric critical care medicine. His role is to care for the critically ill and injured infants and children. His level of specialization, and that of all those on the burn center team, is unparalleled and allows them to capably handle even the most complex of cases.
“When you’re dealing with a one-year-old with a 60 percent burn, that child’s chance of survival and recovery will be greatly improved if cared for by a team like ours that has faced those types of challenges many times.”
Certified Child Life Specialist
Pediatric patients in general present a challenge because of the fear and discomfort they experience. To help its pediatric burn patients deal with the unfamiliarity of their care and treatment, Doctors Hospital employs Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS), Erin Carrick. Carrick has been with the hospital since 2010. Her role is to explain to the child exactly what is going on, as well as working with the parents to help them be aware of what to expect.
“The biggest part of my job is helping to make the environment as normal as possible in the midst of being in a weird room, exposed to all kinds of machines and sounds, and lots of people coming in and out.”
Learn more about pediatric care at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in our 2012 Summer/Fall Burn Care Commentary (PDF - 1.20MB)
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 is owned and operated as a 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.