Coach Smart visits burn center

The Evans-Haynes Burn Center, the oldest civilian burn facility in the U.S., received recognition for its dedication to providing optimal care for its patients from one national source, as well as a few local ones. Early in 2011, the American Burn Association and the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons verified the burn center on the basis of its criteria regarding burn care capability and institutional performance, confirming its commitment to quality care.

Then, in September, VCU men’s basketball head coach Shaka Smart visited patients and staff at the burn center, bringing along sophomore Rob Brandenberg and freshmen Treveon Graham and Briante Weber, all in an effort to praise the work of the center, learn more about how it operates and to involve student-athletes off the court and in the community.

“It’s really a humbling thing when we go out and are able to put a smile on people’s faces,” Brandenburg said. “It’s something that we all love to do, to be able to show our appreciation for the support that not only the VCU community, but all of Richmond, has shown our team.”