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National Verification of Burn Center at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

Recognized for Commitment to Excellence

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – After a thorough process, site visit and careful review, the Burn Center at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center was verified by the American Burn Association Burn Center Verification Committee. Both the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma extended their congratulations to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center last week for its commitment to excellence and to providing quality burn care to both adult and pediatric patients.

Burn center verification provides a true mark of distinction for a burn center. It is an indicator to patients and their families, government, insurance providers, and accreditation organizations that the center provides high quality patient care and meets the demanding standards for staff qualifications, facilities resources and medical care services set by the American Burn Association.

“It is incredibly rewarding to receive the verification from the American Burn Association. Each and every person on staff should be very proud for what this recognition represents – that SCVMC provides excellent care to burn patients,” said Dr. Yvonne Karanas, Director of the Burn Center at SCVMC. “It feels great to receive this acknowledgment for the tremendous work done at the Burn Center.”

In addition to providing highly specialized services, Burn Center staff members work with a number of special programs that benefit SCVMC patients and other burn survivors. Burn Camp for Kids is a special program where children who have suffered a burn injury can experience the challenges of the outdoors in a friendly setting. Instead of being stared at, they can just be kids. Working with the San Jose Firefighter Foundation, funds are raised for kids who may not otherwise be able to go.

The School Re-Entry Program focuses on educating teachers and classmates of a burn survivor about burn injuries and the challenges a burn survivor must face. The staff also teaches that children that have suffered a burn injury are the just the same as they are. They also educate about fire safety and burn safety, and how to prevent a burn injury.

This comprehensive approach continues in the outpatient setting where hospital patients are followed up after discharge and other patients are treated for smaller burns that did not require a stay in the hospital. Additionally, physical therapy, wound care and psychosocial support are all coordinated through the outpatient clinic. Because burn wounds can be complex and may require extensive follow-up care, the outpatient clinic also manages any complications, included those due to scar tissue, as well as plans for any necessary reconstructive surgeries. A Peer Support Group is also held monthly for outpatients.

The Regional Burn Center at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center has been treating burn patients for over 40 years and is one of only two regional burn trauma centers between Los Angeles and the Oregon border. This eight-bed intensive care unit treats both adults and children, and has been specifically designed for the care, treatment and rehabilitation of thermal, chemical, contact, electrical and radiation injuries.

Verification of burn centers is a joint program of the American Burn Association (ABA) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS). It is a rigorous review program designed to verify that a burn center has resources required to provide the best care to burn patients from the time of injury through rehabilitation. This voluntary program process includes an application, pre-review questionnaire, an in-depth on-site review by members of the ABA Verification Committee, as well as senior members of the ABA. A written report of the site visit team is reviewed by the ABA Verification Committee and by the Committee on Trauma of the ACS.

Please contact Joy Alexiou at 408-885-4164 or at if you have questions or would like to arrange an interview with the Dr. Yvonne Karanas, Director of the Burn Center, or Jill Sproul, RN, Nurse Manager of the Burn Center.

Media Contact: Joy Alexiou, Health and Hospital System (408) 885-4164
Posted: June 3, 2011