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Burn Center at Westchester Medical Center Verified by American Burn Association

Team of Burn Care Specialists at Westchester Medical Center

Congratulations to the Burn Center at Westchester Medical Center on being verified by the American Burn Association (ABA) as an Adult and Pediatric Burn Center. The verification was made after a rigorous and thorough review of Westchester Medical Center’s burn care program. With this verification, BCW Member Westchester Medical Center is now home to the only verified burn care program in Westchester County, the Hudson Valley and eastern New York State north of New York City.

According to the ABA, there are almost 500,000 burn injuries requiring medical care each year with over 60 percent of those hospitalized with a burn injury receiving care at a verified burn center. Verified burn centers provide integrated, comprehensive burn care and The Burn Center at Westchester Medical Center has adult and pediatric medical and surgical specialists, nurses certified in burn care, social services, nutritional experts, and burn rehabilitation services. 

This mark of distinction is an indicator that The Burn Center at Westchester Medical Center provides the highest-quality burn care patients from the time of injury through rehabilitation.

“This verification from the ABA reflects our commitment to providing the highest level of complex care. Our multidisciplinary team of experts works tirelessly to ensure that every patient receives the best possible treatment, and we are grateful for the support and collaboration of our emergency medical service colleagues who make our work possible. We look forward to continuing our mission with excellence and compassion,” Joseph Turkowski, MD, Medical Director, The Burn Center at Westchester Medical Center.

In 2023, The Burn Center at Westchester Medical Center had over 300 admissions, including adults and children, from the Hudson Valley, upstate New York and parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont. Care at the Burn Center is complex and involves coordination with multiple specialties. The average length of stay for patients with burn injuries is almost two weeks—exemplifying the acuity and fragility of patients. Many patients also suffer comorbidities such as traumatic injuries and smoke inhalation.

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