Grossmont Healthcare District continues support for Burn Institute

The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is continuing its support of the Burn Institute, a non-profit health agency dedicated to supporting burn survivors and reducing the number of burn injuries and deaths in San Diego County. The GHD board recently approved a $34,000 grant to support the Burn Institute’s community-based fire and burn prevention education program for elementary school students, as well as support services for burn survivors.

The funds will support programs and services for more than 13,000 East Region residents over the year next with a special emphasis on children, seniors, Latino and low-to-moderate income populations, according to Susan Day, Burn Institute executive director.

Among the Burn Institute programs benefiting from GHD funds: Camp Beyond the Scars, a week-long summer camp that assists children ages 8 to 17 in coping with the devastating psychological and physical effects of their fire or burn injuries; Living With Wildfire, a program providing information to homeowners about wildfires; Fire Safe Kids, a school-based fire and burn prevention curriculum geared towards children in  kindergarten through sixth grade with a focus on stop, drop and roll, as well as other basic fire safety rules; Emergency Preparedness in the Workplace, a program that teaches employees fire safety measures and how to properly use a fire extinguisher; Free smoke alarm detectors for seniors who own their homes.

Other Burn Institute programs and activities benefitting from GHD support include peer support services, supplemental counseling, emergency assistance and scald prevention education.

“The Burn Institute has been at the forefront of providing our community with burn prevention and support, and burn care resources,” said Michael Emerson, GHD board president.

“We’re very grateful for the support since 1998 from Grossmont Healthcare District,” said Day. “The Burn Institute reaches more than 200,000 community members and burn survivors each year. Our goal is to offer fire and burn prevention that will reduce the number of burn injuries and death.”

The Burn Institute is the local nonprofit agency dedicated to reducing the number of burn injuries and deaths in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Founded in 1972, one of the Institute’s first accomplishments was to help establish the area’s first and only regional burn center. Today, the Burn Institute continues to reach tens of thousands of children and adults each year with lifesaving fire and burn prevention education programs and burn survivor support services that help children and adults cope with the devastating psychological and physical effects of their burn injuries. For more information on the Burn Institute, visit www.burninstitute.org.

The Grossmont Healthcare District is a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in the East Region. Formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital, GHD now leases operations to Sharp HealthCare via a public-private partnership, and continues to own the hospital on behalf of local taxpayers. The District is governed by a five-member board of directors, each elected to four-year terms, who represent more than 500,000 people residing within the District’s 750 square miles in San Diego’s East County. For more information about GHD, visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org.

Author: Rick Griffin

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