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West Penn Burn Center: 40 Years of Achievements

1969
The Western Pennsylvania Hospital Burn Center was established by John Gaisford, MD, in response to an acute need for burn care in the region. The first head nurse was Shirley Hornfeck. 
 1970
The first burn unit was dedicated on May 5, 1970, on 5E.
 1972
Dr. Harvey Slater joined Dr. John Gaisford as Associate Director.
 
Dr. Harvey Slater founded the Great Lakes Burn Study Group. The first Great Lakes Burn Study Group was held at the West Penn Hospital Burn Trauma Center that year.
 1980
Dr. I.W. Goldfarb joined Dr. John Gaisford and Dr. Harvey Slater as Associate Director. 
 1985
Dr. Harvey Slater became West Penn Burn Trauma Center's second Medical Director.
 
The Aluminum Cans for Burned Children recycling program was established. Multiple outreach programs were designed and implemented in the early and mid-1980s, including the Back-to-School Program, and a series of medical and paramedical educational programs. The "Precious Ones" campaign was also pioneered that year.
 1987
Summer Camp for Burned Children was established. The first camp was held June 4-6, 1987, at the First Presbyterian Church Camp in Ligonier with 15 campers.
 1989
The Elvis Aaron Presley Visiting Fellowship was established by the We Remember Elvis Fan Club to bring fellows to West Penn Hospital from other countries to learn advanced burn care techniques.
 1996
The Burn Trauma Center's celebrates its 25th anniversary. 
 1997
West Penn Burn Trauma Center received verification honors by the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons and the American Burn Association.
 2006
Dr. Ariel Aballay joined the team as burn surgeon.
 2007
Dr. I.W. Goldfarb became West Penn Burn Trauma Center's third Medical Director.
 2009
West Penn Burn Center's Outpatient Services Center opened February 2, 2009, with five examination rooms and areas for occupational/physical therapy and compression management.
 
West Penn Burn Center celebrates its 40th Anniversary.
2012 Ariel Aballay, MD named West Penn Burn Center Medical Director
2013 West Penn Burn Center earns ABA and ACS verification for both adults and children for the sixth time.

Left to right: I.W. Goldfarb, MD, John Gaisford, MD, and Harvey Slater, MD, at West Penn Burn Center's 40th Anniversary Celebration at Fox Chapel Golf Club.
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