Adult Burn Survivor Support Group
Burn survivors hurt and struggle long after the physical pain is gone. We hope to be there for you as you continue your journey of recovery. We’d like for you to join our support group to ensure you are on a healthy path to the recovery of your mind, body, and spirit.
We invite you to come meet others who understand for themselves exactly what you are going through. Anyone affected by a burn injury is welcome including survivors, spouses, family members and loved ones. Topics include PTSD, anxiety and depression, self-esteem, cosmetics, and more. Please come for the camaraderie, to share your story, or just listen. You’re guaranteed to meet some amazing people who will make you view your burns differently.
We meet once a month on a Thursday, from 5:00pm-6:00pm in the Burn Care Conference Room. The next meetings are 1st Thurday of every month.
For more information or to RSVP, please contact Cara Goodman at (702) 383-6293,
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LIL' ROAR Pediatric Burn Survivor Support Group
Offering support to pediatric burn survivors affected by a burn injury. A way for them to speak to and interact with others who are traveling a similar road.
Topics Include: Feelings and emotions, dreams, bullying, anxiety, making friends, family, safety, self esteem, responsibility, relationships, nutrition and exercise.
To RSVP or for more information please contact: Kimberly Grettum, Child Life Specialist
at (702) 510-9417 or Kimberly.Grettum@umcsn.com
Ongoing Burn Support Group
For more information on the Pediatric Burn Survivor Support Group please contact Kimberly Grettum, our Child Life Specialist at (702) 510-9417 or email
For the Adult Burn Survivor Support Group please contact Cara Goodman, our Volunteer Marriage and Family Therapist at (702) 383-6293 or email
Entering School with Support
Along with a burn injury comes time away from school. Whether it is only a day or two or many weeks or months, this can be hard for the child and their classmates. Lions Burn Care Staff recognize that and have teamed up with school nurses to bridge the gap between healthcare and education. While the kids are in the hospital stuffed monkeys are utilized to take the kids place in school while they are unable to attend. The program was originally designed for oncology patients and later modified to help burn survivors stay connected to their classmates during recovery. The monkey goes to school for the child and sits in the child’s desk until they are able to transition back into the classroom.
Once pediatric patients are well enough to return to school Lions Burn Care staff assist them with the transition back to school and empower burn survivors to tell their story to school staff and classmates to increase understanding and encourage empathy and tolerance to differences. Returning to school and being with peers is a very important step in a young burn survivor’s recovery. Here at UMC we are committed to giving each child a positive start and opportunity for a better and faster return to his or her academic, physical, social and emotional self. Young survivors often face new and unexpected challenges that go beyond their initial inpatient stay and it is important to be aware that the scars of a burn survivor are more then skin deep. During School Re Integration visits, tools are provided to encourage positive social skills and coping techniques for the returning student and classmates. School Re Integration also offers information on prevention of fires and burns and gives children and adolescents’ recovering from burns an opportunity to positively address their classmates. Some people stare, some tease but by providing coping and opportunities for expression, students can return to school feeling confident and empowered.
For more information about this program or any others, please contact Kimberly Grettum, our Child Life Specialist at either (702) 510-9417 or by email
Preventing Fires thru EducationThe UMC Lions Burn Care Center is part of the Southern Nevada Fire Setters Diversion program. This program is specifically designed for arson offenders who are children. The Youth Fire Setter Diversion program provides education designed to prevent families from experiencing problems with fire setting. The program in Las Vegas is run through the Partnership for Youth at Risk Program. The phone number is 702-267-2284.
Another great educational resource is the
Firefighters of Southern Nevada Burn Foundation.
For more information about this programs or any others, please contact the UMC Lions Burn Care Center at
702-383-2278 and ask for Mary Martinat, RN, Burn Program Manager.
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