The Regional One Health Firefighters Burn Center recently received two generous donations from partners in our community. The funds help the Burn Center continue to fulfill its mission of providing care that saves lives and protects quality of life for patients throughout the Mid-South.

Simmons Bank, Cumulus Media Memphis and ATC Fitness presented the Firefighters Burn Center with a check from a fundraiser in honor of 9/11.

On Monday, October 4, Simmons Bank, ATC Fitness and Cumulus Media Memphis presented representatives from Regional One Health and the Burn Center a check for $5,272.50. The money was raised through their “STEP UP for 9/11” fundraiser in memory of the firefighters who responded to the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

The fundraiser was held at local ATC Fitness locations on the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Mid-South firefighters used stair stepper machines to climb the equivalent of 110 flights of stairs, mirroring the actions of first responders on 9/11.

Brandon Cooper, President of Simmons Bank; Spencer McDaniel, President of ATC Fitness; Morgan Bohannon, Vice President of Cumulus Media; and Sherry Gardner, Marketing Consult of Cumulus Media, presented the check from the event.

Members of the Memphis Fire Fighters Association Foundation presented the Burn Center team a $25,000 donation. The funds were raised at the Foundation’s annual golf tournament.

The second donation came on Friday, October 8 as the Memphis Fire Fighters Association Foundation presented a $25,000 check from the annual golf tournament it holds to benefit the Burn Center. The event is one of the Burn Center’s biggest fundraisers of the year.

The Firefighters Burn Center is the only American Burn Association-verified burn center within 300 miles and serves five states.

Patient safety and quality care are the top priorities for the Firefighters Burn Center staff. Led by Medical Director Dr. Ram Velamuri, the exceptional team uses the most up-to-date evidence-based burn care practices to provide patients with optimal outcomes.

The money donated to the Burn Center helps improve these outcomes in several ways.

It supports the purchase of new equipment for the rehab gym, operating room, and clinical bedside care; educational opportunities for staff, including American Burn Association Annual and Semi-Annual Conferences across the country and ABLS instructor and provider courses; and burn education and outreach to the Memphis Metropolitan Area, Mississippi and Arkansas.

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