Message from the Medical Director

FAC-BruceCairns-160715.jpg Since I joined the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center in 2000, it has been my goal to put the burn center out of business by eradicating all burn injuries. While my goal may seem unattainable to most, every employee within the burn center strives to reach this goal, from the person who cleans and sanitizes the rooms to the physician providing emergency care to the burn patient.

The North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center combines the expertise of multiple UNC specialists with the state-of-the-art facilities and technologies to UNC Health Care to provide our patients with the very best in high quality and compassionate care. Our mission does not stop with treating just the visible injuries of the burn patient; it goes well beyond the physical to providing occupational therapy, physical therapy, respiratory therapy, pastoral support, aftercare and laser treatment of scars.

Through our commitment to research and training we strive to obtain the most recent, up-to-date clinical treatment for our burn patients. We have a strong outreach program to educate preschool, grade school and community members to the dangers of burns of all types. We work with firefighters, EMTs and others to keep their Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS) current and up-to-date.

We are surrounded by hundreds, possibly thousands of supportive firefighters, emergency medical technicians, advisory board members, Jaycee groups, to name a few, that are continually finding ways to support the citizens of North Carolina by providing support for the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center.

We remain committed to reducing the number of burn injuries by continuing excellence in our outreach programs, aftercare programs, and above all, patient care will always be at the core of what we do. It is the mission of the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center to provide the utmost care to all citizens of the State of North Carolina and beyond.

Bruce A. Cairns, MD
Medical Director of the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center