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Supporters make continuing education possible for burn center team

June 03, 2016

Continuing education is a key to providing the kind of critical and specialized care the UCI Health Regional Burn Center offers Orange County residents and visitors.

The late Dr. Marianne Cinat established a strong commitment to improving burn care through education during her more than 10 years as the burn center’s director. A recent donation from The Robert A. and Shirley A. Jones Foundation to the Marianne Cinat Memorial Fund will further this goal.

“This was a priority for Marianne and is an excellent opportunity for burn team members to learn and share information with colleagues from all over the country,” foundation trustees Chris Jones, Kelley Jones and Kim McElhenie wrote.

“We are fortunate to have great relationships with local burn foundations that allow us to send survivors to pediatric burn camps and an insurance group that provides funds to support our community burn prevention services,” said burn program manager Jennifer Cash, RN.

“This new relationship with The Robert A. and Shirley A. Jones Foundation really reinforces the vision Dr. Cinat began and that continues under current burn center director Dr. Victor Joe,” Cash said. “We are grateful for their support.”

The Jones foundation donation will allow the program to send more staff to the American Burn Association’s annual meeting. 

“Attending the ABA meeting gives burn team members the opportunity to learn about the latest leading treatments in burn care, obtain advanced certifications and share our research nationally,” Cash said.

Other educational programs include the UCI Health Regional Burn Center's inaugural educational symposium, The Continuum of Care, From Scene to Survivorship, held in March and attended by 200 nurses, firefighters, paramedics and rehabilitation therapists from all over Southern California and Arizona.

“We received good feedback from the burn care professionals that attended and are eager to make this an even larger annual spring event,” said Cash.

The UCI Health Regional Burn Center treats more major burn injuries in Orange County than any other center and has long been a national leader in burn care and survivor support.

Each year, more than 600 patients receive treatment in the burn intensive care unit or outpatient burn and wound care center at UC Irvine Medical Center. The team is dedicated to the complete physical and emotional healing of patients through advanced surgical techniques, innovative synthetic skin treatments and expert care.

UCI Health has one of the few burn centers in the nation—and the only one in Orange County—to be verified by the American College of Surgeons and the American Burn Association.

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