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Arizona Burn Center – Valleywise Health Earns Re-Verification


The Arizona Burn Center – Valleywise Health has been re-verified as an adult and pediatric burn center by the American Burn Association and the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. Founded in 1965, the Arizona Burn Center is the only verified burn center in the state and one of the busiest in the country.

This achievement recognizes the Arizona Burn Center’s dedication and commitment to providing high quality burn care to patients across the Southwest. The Arizona Burn Center first received national verification in 2000.

“This accomplishment reflects the hard work of the entire burn team. We also could not achieve this level of care without our many partners at Valleywise Health and District Medical Group who work tirelessly to support our mission to care for patients with burn injuries,” said Dr. Kevin Foster, burn center director.

Verified burn centers must meet a series of stringent criteria that ensure burn care capability and institutional performance, as outlined by the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma. The Arizona Burn Center also was verified as a Burn Fellowship Program to train the next generation of burn surgeons.

“We are proud of Dr. Foster and the entire burn team for this achievement,” said Steve Purves, Valleywise Health president and CEO. “The burn center is not only a cornerstone of Valleywise Health Medical Center, it is also an important service for burn patients from throughout Arizona and surrounding states.”

The Arizona Burn Center’s burn team has the experience and expertise to treat all types of burns regardless of how severe and complex. For more than 50 years, burn center staff members have been leaders in the education of the next generation of healthcare providers and has been an engine of clinical research moving the science of burn care forward.

The Arizona Burn Center – Valleywise Health treats about 1,400 inpatients and receives more than 7,000 outpatient visits each year. The fact that we can provide high level burn and trauma care sets Valleywise Health apart from many programs nationally.

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