Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia
For over 30 years, the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital has been dedicated to delivering the highest standard of care to burn center patients in Augusta, Georgia.
For more information about the Joseph M. Still Burn Center, please call (706) 651-3232.
Perhaps more than any other area of medicine, burn center patients require a highly complex care environment—one in which diverse medical professionals collaborate as a team; new technologies converge with practical applications; patients and their families find solace and support; and prevention education is both a calling and a mission.
Through our efforts, we have successfully attracted and retained one of the most experienced burn center teams in the Southeast. With our 70-bed unit and admission of more than 3,000 patients annually, the Joseph M. Still Burn Center is nationally recognized as a leader in burn research and treatment.
We offer professional training programs and promote fire prevention awareness to communities worldwide. Most importantly, the Joseph M. Still Burn Center helps heal thousands of lives each year by offering hope to the patients and families we serve.
Nationally recognized burn treatment center
In 2011, the Joseph M. Still Burn Center was recognized as a designated burn center in the Georgia Trauma Network. This designation makes our burn treatment center part of a statewide group of hospitals and medical centers with the resources to care for the most traumatically injured patients. In addition, the burn center at Doctors Hospital was verified by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons.
Pediatric Burn Care in Augusta, Georgia
Providing care to a burn patient is challenging. However, providing care for a pediatric burn patient presents a unique set of challenges that require exceptional skill and tremendous experience to ensure the best possible outcome.
Pediatric burn patients need special nutrition—sometimes double the calories than the child would typically consume daily—and careful attention during the wound healing process.
Burn scars can seriously inhibit normal movement, which is why extra attention must be given to treating burn scars in children whose bodies are still growing. The pediatric therapists and surgeons at Joseph M. Still Burn Center work closely together to treat the skin’s regrowth.
Preventing pediatric burns
Three hundred children under the age of 19 seek burn treatment each day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The majority of pediatric burns are scald burns from hot liquids and contact burns from stovetops, open oven doors and hot irons.
Residential fires typically start in the kitchen by grease fires, towels placed too close to burners or unattended pots on the stove. Some residential fires are related to smoking, such as smoking in bed or by smoldering ashes. In some cases, children themselves start fires as a result of being unattended around matches or lit candles.
The CDC suggests the following tips to prevent burns:
- Install a smoke alarm near all rooms your family sleeps in and on every floor. Test the smoke alarm’s functionality once a month.
- Have an escape plan for your family to exit the home in the case of a fire.
- Use safe cooking practices to reduce the amount of time children are left unattended.
- Lower your water heater temperature to below 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Young children may not be able to get away from hot water and lowering the temperature prevents it from getting too hot.
Words from our pediatric burn team
“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.”
“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.”
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.