May 10, 2021
Nashville, TN — TriStar Skyline Medical Center was recently granted Certificate of Need (CON) approval from the State of Tennessee to develop a comprehensive burn program. TriStar Skyline’s comprehensive burn program will expand access in the region for burn care and operate with the highest clinical standards.
As one of the region’s premier tertiary medical centers, TriStar Skyline has a history of clinical excellence, serving as a leader in healthcare as a comprehensive stroke center and an American College of Surgeons (ACS) - verified trauma center. This dedication to clinical excellence will continue through TriStar Skyline’s commitment to achieve American Burn Association (ABA) verification, the highest national standard in providing burn care to patients. Currently, the only ABA verified burn center in the state is in Memphis.
“TriStar Skyline is thankful for the overwhelming support we have received from hospitals, first responders, and other community leaders across the state,” stated Dustin Greene, Chief Executive Officer of TriStar Skyline. “Our team is committed to providing the highest level of patient-centered care and growing to meet the needs of our rapidly growing region. Our comprehensive burn program is being developed alongside Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America, the nation’s leader in burn care. We look forward to providing this critical emergent service not only for our local community but throughout the state and beyond.”
Immediate access is critical for patients in need of life-saving care. TriStar Skyline offers unencumbered access to both air and ground EMS partners. With the opening of TriStar Skyline’s third helipad on April 15, the hospital now has two helipads that lead directly to their emergency department, creating unique immediate access. Additionally, TriStar Skyline maintains an ‘instrument flight approach’ (IFR) allowing equipped helicopters to land under difficult weather conditions to access necessary life-saving care. This immediate access will greatly benefit burn patients transported to TriStar Skyline, ensuring they receive the highest level of burn care as quickly as possible.
“A burn is a grievous injury, and burn victims need and deserve patient-focused, specialized care. Our comprehensive burn program at TriStar Skyline will address this need with world-class patient care, ABA verification standards, extensive outreach and education, and expanded access through a network of EMS transportation, including SkyLife, TriStar Health’s newest air transport program, and our air transport partners. We strive to offer acute burn patients the treatment they need so they go beyond simply surviving an injury to truly thriving after discharge,” emphasized Greene.