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Banner - University Medicine augments burn program services

Enhanced, specialized burn care is now available in Southern Arizona    

TUCSON, Ariz. – (Oct. 27, 2022) Banner - University Medical Center Tucson’s Burn Program is hosting an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony to showcase its augmented inpatient and outpatient adult and pediatric burn services. Members of the media are invited to attend the open house on Tuesday, Nov. 1 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson, 1625 N. Campbell Ave. Tours of the Burn Program facilities will be provided.

Located within southern Arizona’s only Level-1 Trauma Center, the Burn Program at Banner - University Medical Center Tucson treats patients with a variety of burn injuries, including thermal, chemical and electrical, services are provided to those with minimal burn wounds to those covering 99 percent of the total body surface area. Adult and pediatric patients receive comprehensive, compassionate care from a multidisciplinary burn team including fellowship-trained burn surgeons, board-certified trauma experts and intensivists, critical care and wound care nurses, occupational and physical therapists, pharmacists, registered dieticians, and child life specialists.

The Banner Burn Program provides state of the art, patient-focused complex wound and burn care including recovery rooms with heat panels and rooms with heating capable of reaching 95 degrees Fahrenheit, burn procedure rooms with overhead showers, tub table and radiant heat panels to prevent hypothermia.

The Banner Burn Program is a part of the Division of Trauma, Surgical Critical Care, Burns and Acute Care Surgery within the Department of Surgery and is led by experts in emergency surgery and trauma care at the University of Arizona.

“The critically needed, enhanced burn services we are providing in southern Arizona are thanks to the support of Banner – University Medicine administration, the Department of Surgery, Division of Trauma and generous donors. Our vision to provide highly specialized burn care within our community is now a reality,” said Lourdes Castañón, MD, FACS, Banner – University Medical Center Burn Program director.

The highly specialized burn care at Banner also includes advanced burn life support education and training for the burn program team. “This training ensures that our team members are trained in the most up-to-date knowledge of the immediate care needs of burn patients, including how to care for those needing fluid resuscitation and other specialized care,” said Dr. Castañón, who also is associate professor with the University of Arizona’s Department of Surgery. The Burn Program manager is Tonya Naughton, RN. 

To learn more about Burn Services at Banner – University Medical Center, please visit:

Banner Health is one of the largest, secular nonprofit health care systems in the country. In addition to 30 acute-care hospitals, Banner also operates an academic medicine division, Banner – University Medicine, and Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, a partnership with one of the world’s leading cancer programs, MD Anderson Cancer Center. Banner’s array of services includes a health insurance division, employed physician groups, outpatient surgery centers, urgent care locations, home care and hospice services, retail pharmacies, stand-alone imaging centers, physical therapy and rehabilitation, behavioral health services, a research division and a nursing registry. To make health care easier, 100% of Banner-employed doctors are available for virtual visits, and Banner operates a free 24/7 nurse line for health questions or concerns. Patients may also reserve spots at Banner Urgent Care locations and can book appointments online with many Banner-employed doctors. Headquartered in Arizona, Banner Health also has locations in California, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming. For more information, visit

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