WellStar Cobb Hospital in Austell, Ga., opened a new inpatient burn unit in collaboration with the Joseph M. Still (JMS) Burn Center.
“We are excited about opening this new unit at WellStar Cobb Hospital,” said Kem Mullins, senior vice president and WellStar Cobb Hospital president. “It will provide patients who must undergo long-term burn care and treatment an option closer to home. We estimate that the new unit will have approximately 365 admissions in the first year. Initially, the unit will provide care for patients with burns on 20 percent of their bodies or less and who are 14 years of age or older.”
For the past seven years, WellStar Cobb has had a collaborative partnership with JMS, offering outpatient burn care and treatment. Based in Augusta, Ga., JMS is the largest burn center in the United States. They extend their expertise through four specialized burn centers in hospitals across the Southeast. WellStar Cobb’s center has delivered more than 20,000 treatments to patients in the local community and those who travel from across Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and beyond for these critical services.
“Extending the burn and wound services at WellStar Cobb to full-time inpatient and outpatient care is the next logical step for the hospital and Joseph M. Still Burn Centers,” said Fred Mullins, M.D., medical director and president, Joseph M. Still Burn Centers, Inc. “We have been honored by the support the hospital and surrounding community of medical personnel have shown our outpatient clinic here over the past several years. These relationships will only strengthen in the years to come.”
JMS will provide the medical director and 24/7 physician coverage to the new inpatient burn unit. Approximately 25 WellStar nurses and other team members have been hired to staff this specialized unit. WellStar hospitalists, infectious disease and other sub specialists also will play an important role in the care of these patients. The burn unit is located on the Second Floor, North Tower of WellStar Cobb.