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The Burn Center at Arkansas Children’s Hospital Receives American Burn Association Reverification

LITTLE ROCK, AR. (Aug. 12, 2011) - The Burn Center at Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) recently received notice reaffirming its rank among elite institutions that have received the prestigious Burn Center Verification status. The approval makes ACH the only verified burn center in a six-state region stretching from Tennessee to Oklahoma.

A joint venture by the American Burn Association (ABA) and the American College of Surgeons, Burn Center Reverification requires that an institution meet rigorous standards of organizational structure, personnel qualifications, facilities resources and medical care services. The Burn Center at ACH's verification now runs through 2013.

This voluntary program includes completion of a pre-review questionnaire and an in-depth on-site review by members of the ABA Verification Committee, as well as senior members of the ABA. The process included the entire Burn Center team: social workers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, child life specialists, clinical nutritionists, respiratory care technicians and nurses, as well as physicians and administrators. A written report by the site visit team is reviewed by the ABA Verification Committee and by the Committee on Trauma of the ACS. The review process includes many components and takes several months.

Verification status is an indicator to government, third-party payers, patients and their families and accreditation organizations that the Burn Center at ACH provides high quality patient care to patients during the entire treatment and recovery process, according to Burn Center medical director Anjay Khandelwal, MD. He is also an assistant professor of Surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine.

ACH joins about 50 other institutions across the country that have passed the verification process. A list of them is available at: http://www.ameriburn.org/verification_verifiedcenters.php . The verification status will last for two years, at which time ACH will undergo the same review to renew the credentials.

The Burn Center at Arkansas Children's Hospital is the state's only dedicated burn center treating children and adults from throughout the state and surrounding areas. For more information about The Burn Center, visit www.archildrens.org/burncenter.

Arkansas Children's Hospital is the only pediatric medical center in Arkansas and one of the largest in the United States serving children. The campus spans 29 city blocks and houses 316 beds, a staff of approximately 500 physicians, 80 residents in pediatrics and pediatric specialties and more than 4,000 employees. The private, nonprofit healthcare facility boasts an internationally renowned reputation for medical breakthroughs and intensive treatments, unique surgical procedures and forward-thinking medical research - all dedicated to fulfilling our mission of enhancing, sustaining and restoring children's health and development. ACH recently ranked No. 75 on FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For®. For more information, visit www.archildrens.org.

UAMS is the state's only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Related Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a 540,000-square-foot hospital; a statewide network of regional centers; and six institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. It is the state's only Level 1 trauma center. UAMS has 2,836 students and 761 medical residents. It is the state's largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including nearly 1,150 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children's Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS' Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com.

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