In July, 2015 the Burn Program at OSU was the recipient of an award recognizing excellence in nutritional care of critically injured patients. Dr. Larry M. Jones, associate professor of clinical surgery and director of the Burn Program, explains, “For the past year we have been submitting data regarding our methods of nutritional support of the critically ill burn patient.” That data was submitted to the 2014 International Nutrition Survey sponsored by the Critical Care Nutrition and the Clinical Evaluation Research Unit based in Canada.
According to Dr. Daren Heyland, director of the research unit and in charge of the survey, the Burn Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is the first ever hospital in the United States to ever rank in the Top 10 and the first ever U.S. hospital to win this award. The award, known as the “Best of the Best”, recognizes the Burn Program’s efforts in the nutritional support of critically ill burn patients.
“Dr. Heyland came to personally present the award and to learn first-hand what our secrets to success are so that they may be shared with other hospitals,” stated Dr. Jones. “He is one of the most influential experts in critical care nutrition in the World. This recognition is indeed an honor and a testament to the dedication our burn team members have toward our patients. It stands beside our verification by the American College of Surgeons and the American Burn Association as a mark of high distinction for the OSU Burn Program.”
Pictured left to right: Dr. Larry Jones, Sheela Thomas, MS, RD, CNSC, Burn Center dietician, Dr. Daren Heyland; and Andrea Bigley, MSN-Ed, RN, Burn Program Manager