Swedish Medical Center, a level I trauma center and the Rocky Mountain region’s primary trauma referral center, hosted a powerful and uplifting reunion for burn survivors in celebration of National Burn Awareness Week. Patients gathered to reunite with their doctors, nurses, and first responders in this first event.
The reunion featured speakers Benson Pulikkottil, M.D., Lily Daniali, M.D. and motivational speaker Chris Griffin. The theme, “from surviving to thriving,” set an inspirational tone throughout the gathering as patients shared their stories of trauma, grief and encouragement.
“It’s important that we do something for our survivors so that they know there is a community here to give support and strengthen their journey,” said Pulikkottil, medical director of Burn and Reconstructive Centers of Colorado at Swedish Medical Center.
At the conclusion of the reunion, the burn survivors were invited to attend the Burn Survivor Support Group, a monthly support group offered through the hospital, “The recovery of a burn survivor and family really starts when they are discharged. There is not just a physical healing component, but emotional as well,” said Lindsay DeSantis, Burn quality manager at Swedish Medical Center. “This support system allows for them to share in their experiences and grow together as a community of survivors.”
The Burn and Reconstructive Centers of Colorado at Swedish Medical Center sees both adult and pediatric patients from a multi-state region. The comprehensive center offers a dedicated inpatient critical care unit, two operating rooms and an outpatient clinic. Over 4,000 burn patients were treated last year alone.
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