FOR RELEASE: 8/26/2008Contact: John Cappiello, (203) 384-3637

Dr. Andrew J. & Henrietta Panettieri Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital maintains national verification

The Dr. Andrew J. & Henrietta Panettieri Burn Center at Bridgeport Hospital, the only verified burn center in Connecticut and one of only 54 in the United States, has maintained its national accreditation status from the American Burn Association (ABA) and the American College of Surgeons’ Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT). The achievement recognizes the Center’s dedication to providing high-quality care for its patients from the pre-hospital phase through the rehabilitation process.

"Our Burn Center is a unique resource in Connecticut," says John Schulz, MD, the hospital’s Chief of Trauma, Burns and Surgical Critical Care. "We are proud of our Burn Team members for the outstanding care they provide to patients every day."

The Burn Team consists of physicians, physician assistants, nurses, therapists, dietitians, social workers and other healthcare professionals skilled in the care of burn patients.

Dedicated in 1973, the Panettieri Burn Center cares for more than 200 inpatients and receives more than 800 outpatient visits each year. The Center has been verified continuously by the ABA and ACS-COT since the two organizations established their joint verification program in 1995.

Verified burn centers must meet criteria that ensure burn care capability and institutional performance. In order to receive verification, each hospital undergoes an on-site review by a team of experienced surgeons.

"Bridgeport Hospital is also an ACS-COT verified trauma center, and the Burn Center is a key component of the trauma services we provide to patients," Dr. Schulz adds.

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Part of Yale New Haven Health System, Bridgeport Hospital is a 383-bed acute care hospital (plus 42 beds licensed to Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital) serving parts of Fairfield and New Haven counties. The hospital admits more than 18,000 patients and receives more than 240,000 outpatient visits annually.