Watch Beretta Craft-Coffman interview on contact burns

In the News: Augusta After a toddler burned their feet walking on a patio, Augusta’s WJBF Channel 6 reached out to BRCA’s Chief Clinical Officer, Beretta Craft-Coffman, for an interview on burn safety, prevention tips and awareness to the dangers of severe contact burns from hot surfaces. Toddler burns feet on backyard deck, health experts […]
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Fourth of July firework safety tips from the experts at BRCA

As pandemic restrictions are lifted, and the country eases back into large gatherings and social events, Beretta Craft-Coffman, chief clinical officer at Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America (BRCA), wants to wish everyone a safe, friends-and-family-filled Fourth of July weekend. “Many counties and states across the country are re-introducing public events for the first time […]
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The State of Virginia Grants Chippenham Hospital Provisional Status as Level 1 Burn Center

Virginia grants Chippenham Hospital provisional status as a fully operational burn center. Located in Richmond, VA, Chippenham serves as both an inpatient and outpatient facility, and is one of two locations in the state that offers residents and surrounding states with specialized services for burn, wound and reconstructive care.  In November of 2020, Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America […]
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“Situational awareness” is key during National Safety Month

June is National Safety Month and the trauma team at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center wants to make sure the start of your summer goes smoothly both personally and professionally. “Being safe starts before any activity,” said Dr. Michael Lemon, trauma director at EIRMC. “You should plan for what you are doing, whether you are […]
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Surgeons save Colorado woman’s hand after traumatic injury

Sierra Piercy was doing something she’d done hundreds of times before: cleaning the remnants of her daily protein shake out of the blender. But this time was different. On July 7, 2019, the health and fitness enthusiast almost lost her hand when the appliance suddenly came to life. “I was wiping it out, and I […]
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Migraine Awareness Month Q&A with Dr. Ryan D. Endress

Q: What is migraine/severe headache surgery? Migraine/severe headache surgery is a minimally-invasive procedure that aims to reduce or eliminate migraine headache frequency, intensity, and duration by releasing or removing the muscles, vessels, or connective tissue compressing the involved nerves. Q: Who is a candidate for migraine/severe headache surgery? You are a candidate if: You have […]
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Sun and grill safety should be part of Memorial Day celebrations

Memorial Day is the traditional start of summer, which means time with family and friends in the sun. Whether it is grilling safety or the proper use of sunscreen, the team at Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America wants you to have a safe holiday. “We know that people want to be outside and celebrate, […]
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A Nurse Educator’s Journey to a New Normal: Surviving SJS/TEN

On January 25, 2020, Karen Worthy, Ph.D., MPH, RN, CNE, thought she had the flu. Fever, cough, and muscle aches were all symptoms she experienced when she had the flu the previous year, except this time was very different. As the day progressed, she began presenting other worrying symptoms that indicated not only a possible […]
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BRCA announces Nashville location; Names Brandigi as Medical Director of new center

Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America (BRCA) is coming to Nashville. The nation’s largest provider of burn care is partnering with TriStar Skyline Medical Center to establish Tennessee’s newest burn center later this year. “We are honored to partner with Skyline and HCA to ensure that the citizens of the State of Tennessee and surrounding […]
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“Let me tell you about the good that has come out of it.”

Kidnapped and set on fire, Stacy Frank was left to die. “I had second and third degree burns on 40 percent of my body. Both my arms, my chest, and up to the very bottom of my cheek from the bottom of my lip down are burned,” said Stacy. “The doctors gave me only a 20 […]
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Living a life in color: A survivor’s mental health journey and recovery.

At 36 years old, Kevin Photos was fighting a mental war. He had been struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts for a while, and things didn’t seem to be improving. In fact, it all seemed to be getting worse. And, on January 4, 2017, Kevin made the decision to end his life by carbon monoxide […]
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Meet Dr. Van Vliet, a Burn and Reconstructive Surgeon in Bradenton, FL

Name: Michael Van Vliet, M.D., FACS Title/Position: Medical Director of BRCA at Blake Medical Center BRCA location: Blake Medical Center Where were you born? Suffern, NY Where did you grow up? Franklin Lakes, NJ Tell us about your family. “I have two fabulous children: my inquisitive, creative son Charlie, age 8, and my sweet, bright, […]
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Burn care across states: Woman treated in Idaho and Colorado after severe burn injury

Meshea Danner was on fire. Unable to unbuckle her seatbelt, she was trapped in her burning UTV. “I was panicking because I looked … and my shoulder was on fire. I could see the flames on me. I started panic-clawing at my seatbelt,” Meshea said. Meshea and her husband, Ely, were hundreds of miles away […]
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