Thursday, September 27, 2018
(News 12 at 6 O’Clock / NBC 26 at 7)
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Doctors Hospital’s burn center is one of the best in the country. The legacy will continue as they’ve now improved their wound clinic with a $6-million expansion.
Doctors says, because of the large amount of patients and the long wait times, they needed this new wound clinic to improve patient care.
5-year-old Tristen Reynolds remembers exactly what brought her to the hospital a year ago.
"I was using the bathroom and the fire got on my dress," Tristan told us.
It was fire from a candle that left burns all over her body.
"My back, and my butt and my stomach."
Tristen's family called 911 and she was taken to Doctors Hospital.
"They gave me a surgery two times and then I went to see my mom and my daddy we stayed there for a long time"
Now Tristen goes back to the wound clinic each month for laser surgery. But this month Doctors Hospital opened a new clinic for Tristen and those like her.
The new clinic has 17 more treatment rooms, a pediatric play area and new technology, which burn center director Dr. Fred Mullins says is going to improve care.
"It'll make it more precise, more exact, and it'll make patient care go faster," explained Dr. Mullins.
He says the expansion was needed because of how many patients they have.
"We're seeing about 130 to 150 patients a day, so we were having long wait times and people sitting in hallways and things like that. So we needed the expansion."
Thanks to Doctors, Tristen can walk away saying her burns are “doing good”. The Wound Clinic is now open and the hospital has already started seeing patients inside.
Today is also the 40th anniversary of the JMS Burn Center. In 2010, Doctors Hospital expanded the burn unit to 72 beds with 36 ICU beds, making it the largest burn center in the United States.