Bakersfield Memorial Hospital Foundation Receives $500,000 from S.A. Camp Family for Burn Unit

 The S.A. Camp family has given $500,000 to the Bakersfield Memorial Hospital Foundation to insure that pediatric burn victims in Kern County receive comprehensive treatment and support services as they recover from their injuries. This generous gift was given in honor of Mr. & Mrs. James Y. Camp and Mr. & Mrs. Donald M. Hart, Sr.

The S.A. Camp Companies Burn Unit at the Grossman Burn Center, in coordination with Memorial’s Lauren Small Children’s Center, will offer best in class pediatric burn care services that, until now, have been unavailable in the Bakersfield community.

This comprehensive unit will include eight in-patient beds, an outpatient clinic, hyperbaric treatment and hydrotherapy, and an outreach program to underserved and at-risk populations throughout Kern County. Due to the high incidence of burn injuries among the pediatric population, we expect that 35-40% of the unit’s patients will be children.

Thanks to the philanthropic support provided by the Camp family, the program will be able to provide pressure garments for pediatric burn patients who are Medi-Cal recipients. (Children who are Medi-Cal recipients do not receive coverage for these garments, which are essential to the prevention of disfiguring scars during the painful healing process.) The Camp family’s support will also provide scholarships for burn patients to attend the Grossman Center Summer Camp, transportation vouchers for needy families, and assistance for pediatric burn victims’ families who have been made homeless as the result of house fires.

The gift was announced at a celebration at the Padre Hotel on March 17. Speaking for his family, Jim noted that, “Our family has been blessed by this community and we are happy to give back in honor of our parents.”

We gratefully salute the Camp family for their generosity and vision, which will directly benefit the children who come to Memorial for help and healing and will give these children the support they need for a successful recovery.