The Firefighters Regional Burn Center, located at Regional Medical Center, will soon have more space to accommodate a growing number of burn patients thanks to a $3 million grant from the Plough Foundation. The grant will allow the burn center to renovate space in the hospital’s existing Turner Tower to accommodate an additional operating room, a new rehabilitation center dedicated to burn patients and outpatient office space.
“This grant will enable us to help meet the ever-growing needs of the Mid-South community by literally doubling the burn center’s size to improve efficiency, quality of care and expanded lines of service for burn patients,” says Dr. William Hickerson, medical director of the Firefighters Regional Burn Center. “Each year, our burn center admits more patients than the year before due to the decline in burn surgeons and burn centers across the United States.”
The Firefighters Regional Burn Center is the only burn treatment center of its kind within a 150 mile radius of Memphis, recently recognized as the only burn facility in Tennessee certified by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons. The center provides burn patients with comprehensive care from initial treatment to reconstructive plastic surgery and physical rehabilitation allowing survivors to return to healthy, productive lives as quickly as possible. Opened in 1985, the center has grown to include fourteen beds, an outpatient clinic, state-of-the-art surgery center and a research department, treating more than 500 patients each year.
Construction on the center is already under way and scheduled for completion by late fall. The burn center expansion project is just the first phase of Regional Medical Center’s long-term plan to elevate its facilities to a level commensurate with the world-class care its physicians and nurses provide every day. With the support of generous donors like the Plough Foundation, Regional Medical Center plans to renovate and replace several of its aging buildings over the next 8 to 10 years.
“We are extremely grateful to the Plough Foundation for their generous support of our burn center and the future of Regional Medical Center. The grant will be used to help us provide even more burn patients with the best treatment options in the country,” said Tammie Ritchey, Vice President of Development and Executive Director of the MED Foundation.