Established in 1973, the Burn Foundation is a Philadelphia-based non-profit organization serving the greater Philadelphia region to prevent burns through education, while providing support and advocating for the burn care community, burn survivors, and their families.
It works closely with four regional burn medical centers – Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Lehigh Valley Hospital, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, and Temple University Hospital – all of which treat patients from more than 160 referring hospital emergency rooms in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and the State of Delaware.
Efforts of the Burn Foundation focus on four main disciplines:
Prevention through educational programs to schools and other community organizations; fire safety workshops for fire services, industrial, government and trade organizations; development and distribution of media and special reports on burn prevention topics; providing burn prevention information to high-risk audiences including senior citizens and families with young children.
Monitoring and educating about regional and national trends in burn incidence and treatment; coordination of burn-care seminars for nurses and health-care professionals; participating in regional and national conferences on burn prevention and treatment issues.
Support treatment via regional burn centers; furnishing emergency burn care information to referring hospitals in the tri-state area; covering the cost of burn pressure garments for underinsured patients.
Providing for recovery through a support network and referrals for burn injury survivors and their families; sponsoring campers and providing counselors to a summer camp for burn survivors; reintegrating survivors to school and work; easing the anxiety of pediatric burn victims through the use of ‘Burn Buddies’; development of survivor mentorship and fellowship programs.
For more information on the Burn Foundation, to get more involved, or to donate, contact Patricia Porter, Burn Foundation President and CEO, at 215-545-3816, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.burnfoundation.org.