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University of Iowa News Release

June 19, 2003

Celebration Marks UI Burn Treatment Center Re-verification

A special event was held Tuesday, June 10, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics honoring the staff and faculty of the Burn Treatment Center, which recently was re-verified as a burn center by the prestigious Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and by the American Burn Association (ABA). The center received a rare letter of commendation for its "continued commitment to excellence and its desire to provide high quality care to burn patients."

The event celebrated the center's outstanding multidisciplinary patient care and its overall camaraderie. Several hospital leaders lined up to pay tribute to the center's staff and faculty, including director and CEO Donna Katen-Bahensky; Gerald "Pat" Kealey, M.D., professor of surgery and chairman of general surgery; Linda Everett Ph.D., associate director of UI Hospitals and Clinics and director of Nursing Services and Patient Care/Chief Nursing Officer; Carol Scott-Conner, M.D., professor and head of surgery; Lee Faucher, M.D., assistant professor of surgery; and Jackie Heinle, Burn Treatment Center nurse manager.

"Every time I go by your unit, I am affirmed that you have the patient-centered care spirit," Katen-Bahensky said. "You give so much of your love and caring every day. It's very visible to our patients and their families, and they certainly let me know that."

Scott-Conner said, "I think that the Burn Unit is one of the crown jewels of this hospital. I've been struck by your professionalism, by the care you've given my patients over the years, and I wasn't at all surprised when the last series of site visitors gave you a commendation, which they don't usually do."

The ACS and the ABA established the Burn Center Verification/Consultation Program for Hospitals jointly in 1995. This is the second re-verification for the Burn Treatment Center at UI Hospitals and Clinics, which was originally verified in 1996. There are only approximately 60 burn centers officially verified in the United States, and the UI Burn Treatment Center is the only one in the state of Iowa.

According to Heinle, the dedication of the Burn Center staff is evidenced by "the tremendous degree of commitment to our patients, this institution, the community, and to the state of Iowa. Not only do we work as individuals, but as a team. We multiply our strengths and talents by remembering that whether peers or patients, we are people who demonstrate warmth, commitment and appreciation for each and every one of us."

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice. Longstanding achievements have placed the ACS in the forefront of American surgery and have made it an important advocate for all surgical patients.

The American Burn Association was founded in 1967, following a series of national annual burn seminars sponsored by leading institutions in the field of burn care treatment. With more than 3,500 members in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and Latin America, the ABA is dedicated to stimulating and supporting burn-related research, education, care, rehabilitation and prevention.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at

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