About the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia

Joseph M. Still, Jr., M.D. teamed up with Doctors Hospital in 1978 to build one of the world’s leading burn treatment facilities in Augusta, Georgia.

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To learn more about our burn treatment center, please call (855) 432-7285.

About the founder

Burn center founder Joseph M. Still, Jr., M.D.

Dr. Still dedicated his entire professional life to improving treatment to burn victims. He founded Southeastern Firefighters’ Burn Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization devoted to helping burn patients and their families with non-medical necessities. The Foundation operates the Jeffrey Vaden Chavis House, a long-time dream of Dr. Still’s, which is a place for families to stay while their loved ones are in the burn center.

A Charlotte, North Carolina native, Dr. Still attended Shorter College in Rome, Georgia where he received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and biology. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia in 1965 and completed his residencies at Duke University in 1973. Education was important to Dr. Still. He not only encouraged others to further their education, but he financially supported their efforts as well.

Joseph M. Still, Jr., M.D., in surgery

Dr. Still was a giant of a man, with a heart to match his size. He was a visionary, seeing the bigger picture that most could not see. Determined, generous, compassionate, hard-working, risk taking and problem-solving are adjectives that only begin to describe this friend and family man who affected the lives of thousands, and was loved by just as many.

Dr. Still and his wife, Sue, have 10 children and 26 grandchildren. They enjoyed traveling the world together and taking annual trips with their children. They also shared a love for animals and expressed that through the care of more than 1,000 exotic birds.

Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation

Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation Inc. (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, including lodging at the Jeffrey Vaden Chavis House on the Doctors Hospital campus, daily meals, transportation, medications and anti-scarring garments.

The Jeffrey Vaden Chavis House

Patients in the burn center could be in the hospital for as little as one week, or as long as 10 weeks. Finding an affordable place to stay during that time is difficult for many families since most of our burn patients are not from Augusta. That’s why the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation manages a residence on the Doctors Hospital campus where families of burn patients can stay for free. The residence is named after Jeffrey Vaden Chavis, a South Carolina firefighter who died in the line of duty.

The Chavis House amenities include:

  • Sleeping accommodations for up to 50 people
  • Washer and dryer
  • Kitchen for warming up food
  • Family room with TV
  • One hot meal daily for burn victim families, provided by local churches

Learn more about the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation.

Our burn treatment center team

The burn treatment experts at Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia work together to create the most comprehensive, efficient care plan for patients.

Our burn treatment team includes:

  • Burn technicians
  • Case managers
  • Dieticians
  • Licensed practical nurses
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Occupational therapists
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapists
  • Physician assistants
  • Radiologists
  • Registered nurses
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Secretaries
  • Social workers
  • Surgical team
  • Volunteers

Outreach programs: The Joseph M. Still Burn Center coordinates educational and community outreach programs. Our programs include: 

What can you do to prevent a burn? How would you handle a burn injury if it happened in your own home? Our burn outreach education program answers this question and many others in a variety of presentations on burn prevention and burn care. The presentations can be tailored to meet the specific needs of particular groups. All presentations are free.

Fire safety with Burnie: Burnie, the puff-of-smoke mascot of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center, and his helper provide a fun and informative talk on fire safety for preschool and elementary school children. In this seminar, we’ll cover potentially life-saving skills, like “stop, drop and roll” and fire escape planning. The presentation is available only within a 75-mile radius of Augusta, Georgia.

Juvenile firesetters program: In collaboration with the local fire department, we offer a program for juveniles at risk for firesetting activities or fire-related offenses.

Industrial burn program: This presentation is for adults working in hazardous occupations or areas where there is a potential risk for burn injury. Emphasis is put on burn prevention and early interventions to limit the extent and severity of injury.

Emergency burn care: This presentation focuses on the emergency treatment of the burn trauma patient. It’s designed for all emergency burn care providers.

American Burn Life Support (ABLS) programs for providers: The American Burn Association offers emergency burn care certification courses to providers. Certification requirements include mastering skills to examine, evaluate, treat and triage patients with burn trauma and/or inhalation injury. These courses are scheduled according to demand. A fee is charged per participant to cover the cost of the provided study materials.

Contact us

For more information about the burn center or its foundation, please call (855) 432-7285.

For further information about a program, or to schedule a presentation, please email Julie Tanner or call (706) 651-6351.

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 90-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.