St. Joseph Regional Burn Center
St. Joseph Burn and Wound Clinic
700 Broadway (second floor)
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 425-3567 (260) 425-3567
No one ever plans to be burned. But if you or someone you love is ever involved in a fire, explosion or industrial accident, it's good to know that the St. Joseph Regional Burn Center is close by when every minute counts.
The St. Joseph Regional Burn Center is the region’s only verified burn center and is one of only three in the state of Indiana and one of only 127 in the U.S. The center is verified by the American College of Surgeons and the American Burn Association, a rare distinction for a nonuniversity program.
Recognized by “The New York Times” for its pioneering work in skin grafting and transplantation, the burn center offers the most sophisticated burn treatment available within 150 miles of Fort Wayne. In fact, burn trauma victims from all over the tri-state region are flown to St. Joe for the specialized burn care that no other area hospital can provide.
The burn center, which offers 12 patient rooms, offers highly specialized, unique resources needed for treating burn patients. These include:
- Debridement room to remove dead tissue
- Hydrotherapy facilities
- Hyperbaric oxygen chamber for use with high-risk diabetic burns and some deep-foot burns
- Isolated surgical suite for microvascular and reconstructive surgeries
- Skin bank with high-tech skin grafting equipment, cultured skin technology and lifesaving AlloDerm skin transplantation technology
- Latest in infection control, including a special air-filtration system
- Multidisciplinary team of physicians, surgeons, nurses, technicians and psychologists representing the specialties of cardiology, emergency medicine, rehabilitation, respiratory and transitional and wound care, all specially trained to treat burn patients.
Patients of all ages are treated at the St. Joseph Burn and Wound Clinic for a variety of burns and wounds. In addition to having wounds dressed and treated, patients also receive ongoing support in the forms of wound-specific education, nutritional counseling and follow-up care. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is also available to expedite wound closure. Some of the burns and wounds treated at the clinic include:
- Chemical, electrical and inhalation burns
- Circulatory wounds
- Crush injuries
- Diabetic ulcers
- Infections of the extremities
- Nonhealing surgical wounds
- Pressure sores
- Thermal burns (from scalds, contact with hot surfaces and severe sunburn)
- Trauma wounds
Located on the second floor of St. Joseph Hospital, the clinic’s proximity to the burn center allows physicians from both specialties the ability to collaborate and offer medical and surgical services in one state-of-the-art location while also improving resources, enhancing accessibility for patients and families and improving overall patient outcomes. About 12,500 patient visits are recorded at the clinic annually.
The clinic’s staff works in conjunction with each patient’s family medicine physician or specialist. Physician referrals, however, are not needed to schedule an appointment at the clinic.