Sumary of Tragedy & Healing: Inside the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center on 9/11:
- 11 terrorist attacks, the burn center team reflects on how the unit came together to help survivors.
- Then in the hours after the Twin Towers collapsed, hospitals were met with a disarming silence as medical teams began to realize there would be few survivors coming through their doors.
- Many families still searching for missing loved ones looked to one place: the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, the first comprehensive burn center in New York and one of the largest in the country.
- “The burn center was crucial during 9/11,” says Dr. James J.
- Gallagher, director of the William Randolph Hearst Burn Center.
- “In truth, it was the epicenter of care because many of the injuries were burn- and fire-related.
- 12, a line of people clutching photos of missing family members formed at the entrance of NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and stretched around the block— each person hoping that their loved one had survived and many wondering if they would find them on the eighth floor burn unit.
- Over the next five months, the multidisciplinary team at the burn center cared for 18 severely injured patients and ultimately saved 11 of those individuals.