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Grossman Burn Center at SJCH Receives Grant From PG&E

Donation Thanks to yet another community partnership – this time, with Pacific Gas & Electric Company – The Grossman Burn Center at San Joaquin Community Hospital (SJCH) will continue to provide burn treatment to the residents of Kern County.

Representatives from SJCH’s burn center team, PG&E, the SJCH Foundation and various community members gathered Wednesday (Oct. 23) morning in front of the hospital for a special presentation of a PG&E grant that included a $5,000 donation.

The funds will be used to provide support services, such as essential burn compression garments and facial masks for burn survivors being treated at The Grossman Burn Center at SJCH, which has both an in-patient treatment unit in the hospital and an outpatient clinic located just around the corner, on H Street, in downtown Bakersfield.

“We so appreciate the community support we receive from companies like PG&E,” said Kevin Burton, SJCH’s Foundation president and executive director. “Because of these partnerships, the team at The Grossman Burn Center at SJCH is able to perform life-changing work and provide additional services and specialized items needed for burn care.”

Before opening The Grossman Burn Center at SJCH in 2009, local burn survivors (and their families) had to travel north to Fresno or south to the Los Angeles area for specialized treatment and follow-up appointments. Now, the very latest in burn care is available right here in Kern County.

National burn statistics are frightening: 30 percent to 35 percent of all burn survivors are children. More than 1,700 patients have been treated in The Grossman Burn Center at SJCH and 42 percent of those patients have been children under the age of 18. In 2012, The Grossman Burn Center treated 510 patients, including 209 children.

Because the hospital recovery process is often long, lasting from several weeks to many months, the financial burden that is placed upon the families of burn survivors is tremendous. Many times, health insurance only provides the minimum coverage available – if the patient even has insurance.

Partnerships with The Grossman Burn Center at SJCH and other community groups and businesses, such as PG&E, can really make a positive difference in people’s lives.