August 12, 2014
Burn Survivor Support Group Offers Peer Support
A burn survivors’ support group, Survivors Helping Survivors, will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 21, in the Baylis Medical Building, 747 N. Rutledge St., Springfield.
SIU HealthCare and Memorial Medical Center host the monthly gathering for survivors of traumatic burn injuries. The group is open to anyone who has been affected by burn injuries, including friends and family members.
“This group provides camaraderie, educational discussions and peer support with a focus on optimal burn survival and positive long-term outcomes,” said Thereasa Abrams, a research assistant professor with Southern Illinois University School of Medicine’s Institute for Plastic Surgery and coordinator of the support group. “We want people to learn how others have made the journey toward healing, both physically and emotionally.”
All survivors are welcome to attend, even if they were treated at another facility. Memorial’s Regional Burn Center treats more than 200 acutely injured patients each year. Meetings are held on the third floor of the Baylis Medical Building in the conference room for SIU Plastic Surgery. Support group participants can park in the building’s parking garage; the garage entrance is on Miller Street.
For more information about the support group, call (217) 545-8129.