Press Releases
Feb 28, 2013
UMC Offers a Rare Look Inside Nevada’s Only Burn Center
UMC’s Lions Burn Care Center is the only burn care center in Nevada treating severely burned patients from across the Silver State, as well as parts of Arizona, California and Utah.

“We have a multidisciplinary team assigned to every patient including a specially trained burn physician, burn care nurse, pharmacist, dietician, social worker as well as physical, speech, respiratory and occupational therapists to ensure our patients have the best opportunity for a successful recovery,” said UMC Burn Center’s Clinical Manager Jose Enriquez. “We are the only hospital in Nevada ready 24 hours a day to treat and stabilize traumatic burn patients.”

The UMC Lions Burn Care Center has the only hyperbaric chamber of its kind west of the Mississippi, where a huge, dive-like experience infuses oxygen into patients for ultimate wound and burn treatment.

On Friday, March 1st at 11:00 am the media is invited for an inside look at the critical care treatment areas for both adult and pediatric burn patients. UMC’s hyperbaric chamber will be open for tours and volunteers will be moulaged to simulate how tender dressing changes are done with the utmost care. Actual burn survivors will be available for interviews both on how they were severely burned and how their lives have adapted through the recovery process.

“It’s incredibly inspirational to hear from our patients such as the lady who was so horribly burned, she couldn’t face her injuries and now she is sharing her story of survival and hope with other patients, as well as spreading the word about the importance of burn prevention,” said UMC CEO Brian Brannman. “This tour of our Burn Care Center is an opportunity to see our world-class burn center and is also a wonderful way to hear from our patients whose lives have been saved because we are here.”

UMC’s burn prevention specialists will also be on hand with tips on how parents can make their homes more fireproof for their kids and advice on what the first steps should be if you are near someone who is burned.

“I have walked through the UMC Burn Care Center and have seen for myself the types of injuries these folks are dealing with and I’ve also met the UMC staff that are the most compassionate group of people, helping to heal those in our community who need us the most,” said Clark County Commissioner and Chairman of the UMC Board of Trustees Lawrence Weekly. “Our community and all of our visitors are well taken care of because of the unique and high level of services we offer at UMC.

For a media escort during the tour please call Danita Cohen, Public Relations Director at 810-7403. Media parking is available in front of the UMC Trauma Center at 800 Rose Street.

UMC is the only public, non-profit hospital in Clark County and operates the state’s only Level I Trauma Center and Organ Transplant Center, Level II Pediatric Trauma, and Lions Burn Care Center. UMC is home to Children’s Hospital of Nevada, the only one of its kind in the Silver State that is recognized by the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI.) UMC and Children's Hospital of Nevada offer the highest level of care within 10,000 square miles. UMC is affiliated with the University of Nevada School of Medicine and serves as the state’s major clinical campus. Through its affiliation with the School of Medicine, residency programs in emergency medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, family practice, general surgery and pediatrics are offered at UMC. UMC operates several Quick Care and Primary Care clinics around Clark County. UMC is home to several specialty service lines including orthopedics, pediatrics, neonatology, cardiology, neurology, and oncology, among others. Visit and for more information.

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Danita Cohen

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