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West Penn Burn Center Earns Eighth Verification from American Burn Association

Thursday, February 13, 2020

West Penn Burn Center Earns Verification from American Burn Association, American College of Surgeons, Indicating Highest-Quality Care for Burn Patients

PITTSBURGH (Feb. 13, 2020) – The American Burn Association (ABA) and American College of Surgeons (ACS) have awarded West Penn Burn Center its eighth verification, a true mark of distinction for a burn center and an indication that the center provides high-quality care to burn patients from the time of injury through rehabilitation.

Located at Allegheny Health Network’s West Penn Hospital, the West Penn Burn Center is the only burn center in western Pennsylvania - and one of just two centers statewide - verified for the treatment of both adult and pediatric burn patients. 

Established in 1969, West Penn Burn Center was the first program in the region to earn verification. West Penn Burn Center celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019 under the leadership of Medical Director Ariel Aballay, MD, burn surgeon Jason Bregg, MD, Manager Gina Hajduk, RN, MSN, and Jennifer Robison RN, PHRN, Clinical Outreach Coordinator.

“For more than half a century, West Penn Burn Center has been known for providing comprehensive, compassionate and expert care to both adult and pediatric burn patients,” said Ron Andro, President, West Penn Hospital. “We congratulate Dr. Aballay and his team on this honor, which reflects their exceptional skill and dedication in caring for patients of all ages who have suffered a burn injury.”

The ABA and ACS offer the verification program to show that a burn center is meeting the highest current standards of care for burn-injured patients. Verified burn centers have met rigorous requirements for organizational structure, personnel qualifications, facilities resources and medical care services, and members of verified burn center teams have specialized training in the care, treatment and rehabilitation of burn injured patients.  

West Penn Burn Center treats patients from infancy to geriatric age for burns of any severity. Patients come to the Center from Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. 

The Burn Center is fully equipped with state-of-the art medical systems, special equipment for treating burns, 14 private rooms including six critical care rooms, a family waiting room and children’s playroom. Every admitted patient has a Burn Center team dedicated to meeting individualized needs including specialized medical care, emotional and psychological counseling, nutrition planning and physical therapy.

“West Penn Burn Center has been a national leader in innovative burn care for adults and children since 1969,” Dr. Aballay said. “We are inspired by the strength and determination of our patients and their families, and are proud to carry on this long tradition of providing them with the best and most compassionate care possible.”

West Penn Burn Center is also known for its summer camp for children with burn injuries, which has been held every June for the past 33 years. Free to any child who has been treated at the West Penn Burn Center, the weeklong camp lets participants share their journeys of growth and recovery while participating in fun and challenging activities. 

The American Burn Association is dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by burn injury. The ABA and its members dedicate their efforts and resources to promoting and supporting burn-related research, education, care, rehabilitation, and prevention.