June 23, 2021
HCA Virginia’s Chippenham Hospital has achieved provisional status as a Level 1 burn center from the Virginia Department of Health, expanding the hospital’s adult and pediatric burn care services for the greater Richmond community. Earning a Level I burn designation for its Wound Healing Center will make Chippenham the second hospital in the region with this status.
“Chippenham’s focus is to care for our community whenever they need us, and now we have raised the bar for that to include when an acute burn injury occurs,” said William Lunn, M.D., chief executive officer at Chippenham Hospital. “Our specialized burn team of physicians, nurses, and support staff believe in caring for our patients like family from the moment they enter our hospital and throughout their care and recovery.”
Along with the addition of a regional air medical service, the burn program complements the hospital’s existing Level 1 trauma care and will meet the needs of Richmond’s growing community. Chippenham is partnering with Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America, which is a leading national expert providing oversight for more than 20 percent of all national burn admissions. According to the American Burn Association, patients should receive treatment from a burn center, rather than an emergency room, for the following: third-degree burns, burns that cover more than 10 percent of total body surface area, and electrical and chemical burns.
In one year, the Virginia Department of Health will return to re-evaluate Chippenham Hospital’s progress during a site visit. If all criteria are met during the provisional timeframe, throughout which Chippenham is fully operational as a Level I burn center, the hospital will receive its permanent Level I designation.