Located in the heart of Chapel Hill is the University of North Carolina and UNC Hospitals, home of the NC Jaycee Burn Center.
The Burn Center was created from one man's mission. In the 1960s, several workers of an electrical contracting company in Goldsboro suffered severe electrical burns. John Stackhouse, owner of the company, learned that North Carolina had no burn center. Stackhouse then pledged $40,000 of his own money. Afterwards, the board of the Rural Electric Association voted to match his pledge. Later, the state association of volunteer firefighters also pledged $40,000. In 1973, the Goldsboro Jaycees sold jars of jelly to help raise funds. The statewide organization of Jaycees adopted the idea and the first Jaycee Jelly Week was held in January 1974. Jaycee and Jaycette chapters across North Carolina raised nearly $150,000 by selling jelly at $1 a jar...Stackhouse bought the first jar of jelly for $10,000.
The members of the Chapel Hill Firefighters Association have been actively supporting the Burn Center for years and continue to build on their relationship. The members support such events as the Adult Burn Survivor’s Reunion, Camp Celebrate, and larger events such as the World Burn Congress.
For over twenty years, the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center has been providing state-of-the-art care to burn victims across the state of North Carolina from the smallest minor wound, to life-threatening critical burn injuries. As the largest burn center between Baltimore and Miami, the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center averages almost 600 inpatient admissions and supports over 3500 outpatient clinic visits by burn patients.
For more information on UNC’s Jaycee Burn Center, please visit them at: http://www.med.unc.edu/burn.