First created in 1973 when the Crozer-Chester Medical Center and the St. Agnes Medical Center established centers for specialized burn care, the Burn Foundation assisted these hospitals in coordinating their capital campaigns, establishing common emergency care and patient transfer protocols, and publishing a newsletter to publicize the burn centers.
Since then needs have changed and there are now four regional centers at Crozer-Chester, Lehigh Valley Hospital, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and Temple University Hospital. The Burn Foundation efforts have grown as well to support this expanding regional network.
The regional burn care system admits over 1200 patients with severe burn injuries per year and since the first burn centers opened in 1973, the system has admitted more than 25,000 area residents. A burn victim in need has never been denied admission. Skilled medical professionals are the heart of burn center care. Led by specially-trained surgeons, multi-disciplinary teams begin planning for the long-term recovery of burn survivors as soon as they are admitted for treatment. Team members focus on the patients' quickest possible return to their jobs, families, and communities.
With this medical effort at its core, the burn centers and their community supporters have come together as the Burn Foundation, the nation's most comprehensive regional response to burn injury. The Foundation's mission embraces patient care, burn medical education, injury prevention initiatives, and community burn awareness programs. A three-state network of volunteer organizations, corporate philanthropy and governmental grants provide the resources to maintain the Burn Foundation effort.
While much has been accomplished since 1973, the challenge of burn injury requires unprecedented community support and involvement. The Burn Foundation will continue to look to its friends for help in meeting this challenge. Won't you join us in our essential mission of burn education and prevention, treatment and recovery?
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The Burn Foundation Fall, 2012 newsletter has been published!
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