On May 25, the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospitals acknowledged the 10-year anniversary of the opening of the Acute Burn and Wound Care unit, made possible with funding from North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives. The virtual celebration featured patient stories; a speech from Dale Lambert, CEO of Randolph EMC and Burn Center Advisory Board member; and welcoming words from Dr. King, Medical Director at the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center.
The Acute Burn and Wound Care unit opened 2011, allowing staff to cross-train in burn care, providing space for a new round treatment area and adding 15 beds to increase the Center’s total capacity to 36 beds.
“Through our long-standing partnership with the UNC Jaycee Burn Center, we’re honored to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the N.C. Electric Cooperative’s Acute Burn and Wound Unit and are thankful for the generous sponsors who made it possible,” said Lambert.
“It’s important to provide care for the patients while they are in the burn unit and after they go home. We are fortunate to have such a world-renowned hospital in our state and are proud to have annually supported the Burn Center for over twenty years.”
North Carolina’s electric cooperatives have been a proud partner of the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center at UNC Hospitals since 1972, when the cooperatives’ Board of Directors pledged $40,000 to help create the center. Since then, the co-ops have contributed more than $2.2 million in support of youth burn prevention and education outreach programs, improvements in the pediatric playroom, research for wound care and healing processes and other projects.