Joseph M. Still Burn Centers, Inc, and SMITH Northview Hospital have partnered to open an outpatient burn clinic in Valdosta.
A ribbon cutting and open house is planned for Tuesday, Nov. 30, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., at the clinic at SMITH Northview Hospital on North Valdosta Road.
“We are thrilled to partner with the staff of JMS to bring quality burn care closer to the residents of Valdosta and South Georgia,” said SMITH Northview CEO James l. Matney.
The first patients will be treated at The Joseph M. Still Burn Clinic at SMITH Northview Hospital on Wednesday, Dec. 8. For now, the clinic will be open on Wednesdays, but that could change as patient load increases.
“I can certainly see us adding more days to the schedule,” said Dr. Fred Mullins, president of JMSBC, Inc., and the medical director of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, GA – the largest burn center in the nation. “We have treated more than 2,500 patients on both an inpatient and outpatient basis who live within 100 miles of Valdosta in the past year at our Augusta facility. Conceivably, each of those patients could be scheduled for follow-up, or even initial treatment, in Valdosta.”
Dr. Mullins will also be making a presentation on burn care at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College prior to the ribbon cutting ceremony and open house. Burns from the Beginning: Initial Stabilization and Treatment of Burn Injuries will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Building 700.
Founded in 1978, the Joseph M .Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta has 70 beds, including 36 in its intensive care unit. The Burn Center treats more than 2,600 patients each year, while its associated wound center sees more than 25,000 patient visits annually. Joseph M. Still Burn Centers, Inc., also offers outpatient services in Atlanta, GA, Charleston, SC, and Brandon, MS, which also provides inpatient services. The JMS clinics in South Carolina and Mississippi were conceptualized and opened after the only burn facility in the respective states closed.