Dr. Michael Murano, MD, Medical Director
Margaret Dimler, MSN, RN, Clinical Manager
Thomas Modica, PT, DPT, OTR, CHT, Director, In-Patient Rehabilitation
Andrea Cuella, PT, MPT, Supervisor of Physical Therapy & Burn Rehabilitation
Year after year, as trustees and staff at HFJ meet with healthcare providers and community agencies, we have the opportunity to observe various teams in action. And once in a while, one of those teams is so remarkable that we sit up straight and really take notice.
What makes a good team? Good communication? Dedication to a shared goal or cause? A meshing of skills and insights? A willingness to help and support each other when help and support are needed? All of these qualities are necessary, and we could probably add more.
This year, an incredibly talented, dedicated team came to our attention that in our eyes demanded recognition: The Burn Unit Team at Saint Barnabas Medical Center.
Doctors, nurses, rehab therapists, and others in the Burn Unit treat more than 300 children and adults each year who suffer burns and thermal injuries resulting from fires, auto accidents, chemical injuries, and scaldings. Many spend protracted periods of time in the ICU, which leads to serious mobility and psychological problems.
Despite the tremendous stress that caring for people with serious burn injuries exacts on those who care for them, and despite the exhaustion and turnover that many doing this work experience, the leadership of the Burn Unit has been together for decades, tending to wounds, making patients as comfortable as possible, and motivating them to regain function.