Firefighters Burn Center Earns Prestigious Verification

Firefighters Regional Burn Center, housed at Regional Medical Center, has earned verification from the American Burn Association (ABA) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS), making it the only Burn Center in Tennessee to earn this distinctive honor.  The survey team recommended the three-year verification; cited no criterion deficiencies; and presented a report to the hospital applauding the many strengths of the Burn Center. Firefighters Regional Burn Center is now one of less than 65 burn centers around the world to receive this honor and one of the very few in southeast region of the United States.

“The verification process was exciting for our team because it gave us the opportunity to showcase the comprehensive care we provide to our patients,” said Dr. William Hickerson, Medical Director of Firefighters Regional Burn Center. “Burn Center verification is a true mark of distinction for a burn center and is an indicator that the center provides quality care to burn patients form the time of injury though rehabilitation.”

Burn Center Verification is a joint program of the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons. To achieve verification, a burn center must meet the rigorous standards for organizational structure, personnel qualifications, facilities resources and medical care services set out in the in the ABA chapter on Guidelines for the Operation of Burn Centers in the ACS publication on Resources For Optimal Care Of The Injured Patient 2006. Elements of this voluntary program include completion of a pre-review questionnaire and an in-depth on-site review by members of the ABA Verification Committee. A written report by the site visit team is reviewed by the ABA Verification Committee and by the Committee on Trauma of the ACS. The verification report for the Burn Center highlighted the strength of the “well-run and economically sound burn program.”  The team, including strong nursing leadership, pharmacy, therapy and anesthesiology, were applauded for their excellent work.

Firefighters Regional Burn Center is the only full-service burn center of its kind in a 150-mile radius of Memphis. The Burn Center includes a 14-bed inpatient unit, dedicated operating room, wound care facility, hyperbaric oxygen chamber, outpatient clinic and a burn rehabilitation program. With a team of doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers, dieticians and support staff, the Burn Center is equipped to meet the needs of patients 24 hours a day. Each year, the Burn Center cares for more than 500 patients including more than 300 admissions.