Joseph M. Still Burn Center
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Joseph M. Still Burn Center is the largest medical burn facility in the United States. Located in Augusta, Georgia (United States), it is part of the Doctors Hospital campus, and serves as a primary burn care center for the Southeastern United States. The 70-bed unit sees admission of more than 3,000 patients annually, one-third of them pediatric patients. Dr. Joseph M. Still, Jr., founded the center in 1978, beginning with one bed in the intensive care unit of Doctors Hospital, eventually expanding to the present state-of-the-art facility, becoming the third largest burn center in the world. In 2011, the Joseph M. Still Burn Center was recognized as a participant in the Georgia Trauma Network as a designated Burn Center. This designation makes the burn center part of the Georgia Trauma Care Network, a group of hospitals and medical centers statewide with the resources to care for the most traumatically injured patients. In addition, the Burn Center was verified by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons. It is the only “verified” Burn Center in Georgia, as well as the only Trauma program in the state verified by the American College of Surgeons.
The Joseph M. Still Burn Center operates several community outreach educational programs designed to prevent burn injuries, especially targeted at children, as they make up approximately 30% of the patient population of the center.