The Mercy Burn Center is a 12-bed unit located at Mercy Hospital St. Louis.The Burn Center treats adults and children with all types of burns (thermal, electrical and chemical) as well as frostbite and other conditions or injuries that result in large wounds or skin loss. Established in 1967, the Mercy Burn Center is one of the leading burn centers in the Midwest.
The Mercy Burn Center is the area's only full-service, multi-disciplinary center offering acute and reconstructive burn treatment to adults and children.
“Caring for a patient with severe burns requires the collaboration of a specially-trained team of physicians, nurses, therapists and many others,” stated Michael Smock, MD, director of the Mercy Burn Center. “The dedicated professionals at the Mercy Burn Center have a long history of caring for these patients in the spirit of Mercy’s mission – with compassionate care and exceptional service.”
The Burn Center at Mercy Hospital St. Louis is verified as an adult and pediatric burn center, the only verified center in Missouri.
Burn Center verification is a program of the American Burn Association (ABA) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma. It's considered the gold standard for designating the highest-quality burn centers in North America. This verification highlights Mercy's high-quality patient care for burn patients from time of injury through rehabilitation.
Burn Center verification provides a true mark of distinction for a burn center. It's an indicator to government, third-party payers, patients and their families, and accreditation organizations, that the center provides high quality patient care. Verified Burn Centers meet demanding standards for organizational structure, personnel qualifications, facilities resources and medical care services as determined by the American Burn Association.
"This national designation shows our patients and surrounding community the commitment we have made to provide the highest quality of care to those who need our services," Dr. Smock said.
In addition to caring for patients in the Burn Center, Dr. Smock and his colleagues at Mercy Clinic Plastic Surgery provide comprehensive care for these patients through their rehabilitation and reconstruction. The staff at Mercy Burn Center are pleased to have the resources of the volunteers of Burns Recovered Support Group available to assist burn patients and their families when they need support.