GBC to Open AZ Burn Center

John Commins, May 9, 2011

Grossman Burn Center said it will open a burn center at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Phoenix this summer. It’s the fifth such center for West Hills, CA-based GBC, and its second outside California, GBC said in a media release.

“As both population and demand for additional burn care resources in Arizona continue to grow, there is a demonstrated need for another burn unit in the metropolitan Phoenix area,” GBC medical director Peter H. Grossman, MD, said in a media release. “We believe, based on our experience in Southern California where there are no fewer than eight operating burn centers, that we can address that need by complementing the existing burn center in Phoenix which is currently the only burn center in the state of Arizona.”

GBC will provide acute and reconstructive burn care, rehabilitation, and post-treatment emotional and psychological support. The collaborative center will be managed on a day-to-day basis by physicians on the medical staff at St. Luke’s Medical Center trained in restorative burn care.

“Partnering with the Grossman Burn Center gives St. Luke’s the unique opportunity to expand access to exceptional burn care in Arizona,” St. Luke’s Medical Center CEO Ed Myers in the media release. “We look forward to collaborating with GBC and with local fire departments, as well as community physicians and organizations, to bring additional burn care treatment and prevention education resources to our community.”

GBC is the largest plastic surgery-based burn practice in the western United States, and has had partnerships with IASIS Healthcare, Adventist Health, the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, HCA, and Integrated Healthcare Holdings, Inc. In addition to the agreement with St. Luke’s Medical Center, the GBC said it is also in talks to open a burn center in Texas.

John Commins

John Commins is a senior editor at HealthLeaders Media.

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