Augusta, GA – The 2009 Joseph M. Still Burn Symposium will be held Feb. 5-6, 2009 at the Francis Marion Hotel in
Charleston. The symposium is sponsored by the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital and JMS Burn Centers, Inc. The focus of the symposium is burn disasters. The Symposium occurs one day before the one-year anniversary of the Imperial Sugar explosion in Port Wentworth, GA. Twenty patients from the Imperial Sugar accident were treated at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta. Six patients died as a result of their injuries; 14 were discharged. Eleven patients continue to receive follow-up treatment at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center.

Symposium speakers include John Sheptor, Imperial Sugar President/CEO, Dr. Frank Davis, Medical Director,
MedStarOne Ambulance Service, Memorial Health University Medical Center, and Dr. Fred Mullins, Medical Director, Joseph M.Still Burn Center. In addition to the Imperial Sugar accident, the Burn Center staff will discuss its response to other disasters including the Graniteville, SC chemical explosion, Lima, Peru shopping district fire and Katrina hurricane. To register or learn more about the symposium, go to The media is invited to attend the symposium. Please contact Beth Frits at 706.373.9009 to schedule interviews with symposium faculty.

The Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital is a 59-bed burn center that admits over 3,000 patients annually
from throughout the Southeast, and 7.6 percent of the nation’s burn patients. The Burn Center has a 97 percent survival rate; a third of its patients are children. For more information about the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital, go to or contact Beth Frits, 706.364.6400.

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