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MOBILE, Ala. -- Angela Duffy, the assistant chief nursing officer at the University of South Alabama Medical Center, was recently selected as the 2017 Honoree for the Tony Bice Memorial Golf Tournament. The event raises money for hospital burn units in Alabama including the Arnold Luterman Regional Burn Center at USA Medical Center.
Duffy served for more than 20 years in the hospital’s burn unit before being promoted to her new position in administration in 2015.
“It is amazing that in the 12 years we have been involved almost a quarter of a million dollars has been raised for the Arnold Luterman Regional Burn Center,” Duffy said. “We are so grateful to the organizers, the players and the companies who continue to support this worthy event.”
The care of burn patients offers unique and expensive challenges to health care providers and support staff, Duffy said, noting that burn injuries can be devastating for patients and their families. Highly specialized equipment and training are needed for the best patient care possible.
One of the busiest in the country, the USA burn team includes physicians specializing in burn surgery, infectious disease, plastic surgery, trauma surgery, orthopedic surgery, psychiatry, and anesthesiology. Support staff includes specialized burn nurses, social workers, dieticians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, respiratory therapists and a chaplain.
The team is internationally recognized for research, particularly in the development of artificial skin. Staff members contribute to hundreds of medical publications, making significant contributions in burn care including nutrition, infection control, immunology, scarring, pain management and wound healing.
Proceeds from the Tony Bice Memorial Golf Tournament held in Hoover, Ala., also benefit Children's of Alabama Burn Center and UAB Hospital Burn Center. More than $1 million has been raised in the 24 years the tournament has been held, according to organizers with the Alabama Fire Sprinkler Association.
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