Representatives of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 108, and TECO Energy presented $31,800 to the Tampa General Foundation to support Tampa General Hospitals Regional Burn Center and burn support groups. Since 2000, the local IBEW and TECO have donated more than $540,500 to Tampa Generals burn center and burn support groups, Robin DeLaVergne, senior vice president and executive director of the Tampa General Hospital Foundation, said in a news release. This year, the IBEW donated $16,800 in proceeds from its annual golf tournament and TECO Energy made a matching donation of $15,000.
The annual contributions are made in memory of TECO employees who died or were injured in an explosion at a Tampa Electric power station in 1999. The victims were treated at TGH.
We are so appreciative of the support from TECO and the IBEW, Lori Desmond, RN, MSN, NE-BC, nurse manager of the TGH Regional Burn Center, said in the release. What started out as a tragedy has blossomed into a relationship with the burn center.
The funds are used to provide training for volunteers for the burn centers support groups volunteers, so they can assist burn survivors in several counties. The funds also have allowed the burn center to purchase new equipment, provide support to patients and families in crisis and provide training to survivors and staff, Desmond said in the release.
Meanwhile, the TGH Regional Burn Center received reverification from the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma as an adult and pediatric burn center. The Verification Review Committees survey found the TGH Regional Burn Center has a strong interdisciplinary team, excellent case management and social work support, and an exemplary disaster plan, among its notable findings.