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Firefighters Raise Important Funding & Awareness for the OBC at Annual Golf Tournament


Firefighters from around Oregon will be participating today in the 16th Annual Fire Fighters Fight Burns Golf Tournament with proceeds going to the Oregon Burn Center (OBC). OBC is a regional burn facility that serves Oregon and Southwest Washington and is a leader in burn assessment, treatment and rehabilitation.

Firefighters arrived early this morning to the Stone Creek Golf Course in Oregon City, Oregon dressed in golf attire and ready to take part in this annual opportunity to raise important funding and awareness of the OBC.  Throughout the day, firefighters will play 18 holes across 165 acres of land and then celebrate with a lunch and prizes, all for a great cause.

Serving the Community

The OBC is located at Legacy Emanual Health Care Center in North Portland.  In 2008, the OBC treated over 400 burn survivors from across Oregon and Southwest Washington.  Generally, half the patients are burned at home, and 20% are injured on the job. Sadly, one-third of our patients are children.  

To prevent burns in children, adults, seniors and high-risk industry professionals, and to educate healthcare professionals on the specialized treatment and care of burn injuries, the OBC developed the Prevention and Education Program.  The program works closely with the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office, juvenile fire setters programs, Portland Fire & Rescue and Clackamas Fire District #1, Safe Kids of Oregon, and Legacy Emanuel’s Trauma Nurses Talk Tough Program to coordinate and distribute fire safety information to the public. Prevention literature and other materials are routinely distributed to senior centers, health departments and other agencies.

OBC also offers free specialized classes on the treatment of burn injuries to firefighters, emergency medical technicians, nursing students and other hospitals throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.

What’s Unique about the OBC?

  • The OBC has 16 beds in 16 private rooms and treatment areas designed specifically for children. The special beds have a zoned air surface that adjusts to the patient's weight distribution and reduces body pressure and minimizes skin and tissue damage.
  • At the OBC, a communication system allows nurses to communicate with each other from room-to-room. The system helps to reduce response time in emergencies and enables patients to instantly call their own nurses and support staff.
  • The OBC’s multi-disciplinary team utilizes hand-held diagnostic devices to analyze blood samples at the patient's bedside within minutes. This advanced technology allows medical team members to rapidly detect and correct potentially life-threatening conditions that burn patients can face.
  • The OBC has critical care monitoring systems in all patient rooms, with portable monitors that travel with patients whenever they have to be moved.
  • To gently and effectively clean injured tissues, OBC has specially designed hydrotherapy tables that provide highly regulated temperature and pressure controls.
  • In order to safety move and reposition patients without assistance from other staff, OBC nurses use a hoist and rail system.
  • Designed specifically for burn patients, OBC developed the first therapeutic Healing Garden in the country to support patient’s physical and emotional healing.
  • OBC’s attending physicians directly admit patients for initial assessment, stabilization and treatment. Everyone is treated regardless of their ability to pay.
  • Acute & outpatient therapy services are available at Rehabilitation Institute of Oregon, an independent program located at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center.

Interested in learning more about the OBC and its resources, classes, and innovative work?  Visit



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  July 9, 2010


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