Dr. Lentz cast a vision to keep the INTEGRIS Paul Silverstein Burn Center on the national stage as one of the preeminent burn centers in the country providing a full spectrum of first-class care – to adults and children alike. This desire pushed us to elevate our dreams beyond day-to-day operations into growing the Center forever as a cutting-edge institute of record.
Burn Centers have the unfortunate distinction as “loss leaders” for a healthcare organization. They are typically non-revenue generating ventures. For these centers to thrive and grow, they rely heavily on philanthropic support to provide the margin of excellence needed to fund patient programming, education, equipment and other additive services. A team of visionary supporters joined forces last year to dream about the future of the INTEGRIS Paul Silverstein Burn Center and what could be done to provide permanent, sustainable support to the center in perpetuity.
The answer was simple – an endowment.
An endowment can provide for those needs that are known today and unknown tomorrow and would have the flexibility to benefit our patients forever. So our volunteers and philanthropists got to work.
Fueled by a $1 million lead gift from Dr. Silverstein and his wife Dr. Amalia Miranda and other anonymous donors, we are nearly halfway to our goal of $5 million.
These gifts have been placed in the R. J. Conway Jr. Burn Endowment Fund, and investment earnings will yield their first return to the Center this summer. Our ability to reach our $5 million target ensures our programs will have roughly $250,000+ in annual funds at its disposal to meet the needs of our patients, their families, staff and an ever-changing world of burn care in an unrestricted manner once fully funded.