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When it comes to traumatic burn injuries—the kind caused by extreme heat and cold, chemicals, electricity and more—the right care can make a life-or-death difference.
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Miller-Dwan Burn Services is the only place north of the Twin Cities that provides highly specialized and intensive burn care. 

“We’re guided by shared principles, including cooperation and service to community.”—Shari Wormwood

These specialized burn services are shaped by the gifts from the region it serves. It is precisely why the Minnesota Rural Electric Association (MREA) contributes annually to help sustain this care.

“We do this to provide relief for families of burn victims in our cooperative family when they need it most and to support hospitals in providing the latest technology to ensure that Minnesotans receive the best treatment,” says Shari Wormwood of MREA.

“We’re guided by shared principles, including cooperation and service to community,” Shari says. “The co-ops are a lot like a family. They look out for each other, especially in times of trouble.”

These co-ops employ many people who face the dangers of working with high-voltage electrical systems on a daily basis. Electrical burns can be particularly perilous because of what isn’t seen, like internal tissue damage and injury to the heart, brain and other organs.

Gifts allow Burn Services to invest in technologies that increase safety and reduce pain for patients. Just as we invest in technologies that allow us to all be beneficiaries of dependable electricity—counting on it whenever we need it—we all benefit from a burn center that’s always ready to help, whenever we are in need.

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