BATON ROUGE, La. – A group of 42 local pediatric burn survivors and
a team of volunteers from Baton Rouge General (BRG) and the Baton Rouge
Fire Department recently participated in “Camp I’m Still Me”
in Scottsville, Texas.
During the week-long summer camp, participants enjoy swimming, fishing,
and arts and crafts. The camp is voluntarily staffed by doctors, nurses,
physical therapists, occupational therapists, teachers, social workers,
firefighters, parents of young burn survivors, and adult burn survivors.
“’Camp I’m Still Me’ provides children with burn
injuries – including our BRG Burn Center survivors -- an opportunity
to interact with other children recovering from burn injuries,”
said Dr. Tracee Short, BRG Regional Burn Center Medical Director. “It
is rewarding to see their excitement, to be a part of supporting their
emotional healing and to aid in rebuilding their self-esteem.”
Brittany Laird, center, an occupational therapist at BRG’s Regional
Burn Center, volunteers at Camp I’m Still Me, helping pediatric
burn survivors like Day’Asia Benion, left, Makayla Sneathern, top,
and Blakely Lowrance, right.
BRG's Regional Burn Center was first established in 1970 and is one
of only 68 burn centers in the U.S. verified by the American Burn Association.
The rigorous verification process confirms that BRG’s team and facilities
are held to the highest quality standards of care management of burns
from time of injury through rehabilitation.
Several organizations support the BRG
Foundation by raising funds to send local children to the camp without any expense
to their families. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers,
the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, Assurance Financial, the
Baton Rouge State Fair Foundation and the Professional Fire Fighters Association
of Louisiana are a few of the camp’s biggest supporters.
About Baton Rouge General Medical Center
Baton Rouge General Medical Center is the area’s first community
hospital with 588 licensed beds between two campuses. Baton Rouge General
opened its doors in 1900, and has provided the Greater Baton Rouge community
with high-quality healthcare for generations. An accredited teaching hospital
since 1991, Baton Rouge General serves as an affiliate of Tulane University
School of Medicine, and offers other medical education programs, including
a School of Nursing, School of Radiologic Technology, Family Medicine
Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, and Sports Medicine
Fellowship Program. For more information, visit
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