The Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center at Stony Brook Medicine is the only designated burn care facility for the more than 1.5 million Suffolk County residents. The center coordinates burn services throughout the region, and conducts training and research in burn care.
At the Burn Center, patients receive quality care provided by a highly specialized burn team, including surgical critical care physicians and nurses, respiratory therapists to plastic surgeons, physical therapists, and occupational therapists, using sophisticated equipment designed to ease patient’s pain, fend off complications and promote healing. In addition to treatment, the team also tries to get patients active and mobile as soon as possible. This helps delay some of the negative longer-term consequences of burns and burn injuries.
The Burn Center underwent a multi-million dollar transformation, which greatly increased our center’s size and created an enhanced environment for our patients’ care. The grand opening took place on January 16, 2014.
The center was renamed the Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center in honor of the volunteer firefighters who have made it their mission for many years to support our center and patients in every way. The Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center Fund, Inc. has become central to the mission of the Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center.
For several decades these dedicated firefighters have held fundraisers, solicited corporate funds and direct donations, provided burn garments for patients who can’t afford them, purchased important equipment, supported special clinical and research initiatives, had nurses hold educational burn prevention seminars in the community, and supplied DVDs for patients to enjoy. They have also petitioned local government and advocated in Albany for increased funding.
The collaboration between Stony Brook Medicine and the Suffolk County firefighters is an example of a community partnership at its best. Because of this consistent support, Suffolk County now has a new Burn Center that raises the already high standard of care in the county.
Read more about the Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center Fund, Inc.
Read about the Stony Brook Burn Center staff members honored during the 2016 Annual Burn Recognition Day.
About the Burn Center
- 7,200 square feet with larger treatment rooms
- Designed to promote efficient and optimal patient care
- Expanded debridement and bandaging area – key to patient healing
- Bright, spacious private patient rooms with private bathrooms, a soothing color palette, and beautiful artwork provided by Splashes of Hope, a non-profit organization based in Huntington.
- Each patient room also includes accommodations for overnight visitors who wish to stay with their loved one.
|Former patient Lorraine Fuchs shares what it's like to be treated at the Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center.||Former patient Anthony Musemeci shares what it's like to be treated at the Suffolk County Volunteer Firefighters Burn Center.|