Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center at Eskenazi Health Reverified by the American Burn Association

Indianapolis, May 19, 2022 –  The American Burn Association (ABA) and the American College of Surgeons have reverified the Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center at Eskenazi Health as a recognized adult burn center. This achievement applauds the team’s dedication to providing the highest level of care for burn patients.

“At Eskenazi Health we see the entire spectrum of burn injuries and our compassionate, expertly-trained burn team is well-prepared to care for these vulnerable patients,” said Dr. Lisa Harris, CEO of Eskenazi Health. “Besides having the ability to treat the most seriously burned patients, our multidisciplinary team of surgeons, nurses, therapists, pharmacists and others across our health system also work to prevent these injuries through community education activities and programs specifically aimed at reducing burn injuries.”

The Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center, under the direction of Brett Hartman, D.O., is among the leading burn centers in the United States, and the only verified adult burn center in Indiana, combining intensive patient-centered care with the most advanced medical techniques and equipment available. It is located on the fourth floor of the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital. It is the only verified adult burn center in the state. In addition to providing quality burn care, the Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center provides statewide burn prevention and education and a full range of plastic surgery services.

There were nearly 4,000 inpatient and outpatient visits to the Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center in 2021. The state-of-the-art facility includes 15 private inpatient rooms, 13 clinic rooms, two operating rooms, a medical spa, a physical therapy gym, and technologically advanced equipment to treat all burn injuries.

“The high level of care and capabilities we provide at the Richard M. Fairbanks Burn Center are not something that we take for granted, and our uninterrupted status as the only verified adult burn center in the state demonstrates our continued pursuit of excellence,” said Dr. Hartman. “Our dedicated staff work in unison to meeting our daily goal of providing the best possible care and outcomes for our patients, and we are proud to be recognized among the best burn centers in the country.”

The verification process includes a rigorous review program designed to verify burn center resources that are required for the provision of optimal care to burn patients from the time of injury through rehabilitation. Elements of this voluntary program include an application; pre-review questionnaire; and an in-depth, on-site review by members of the ABA Verification Committee, as well as senior members of the ABA.

According to the ABA, burn center verification provides a true mark of distinction for a burn center. It is an indicator to government, third-party payers, patients and their families, and accreditation organizations that the center provides high-quality patient care and meets the demanding standards for organizational structure, personnel qualifications, facility resources and medical care services.

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