October 26, 2012
Stephen Milner, M.D., director, Johns Hopkins Burn Center, was recently recognized by the James R. Jordan Foundation International for medical care and education he provided to burn patients and medical professionals in Kenya, Africa. Dr. Milner was honored at the Diamonds for Africa Gala in New York. Other honorees included New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Ida Odinga, wife of Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
Dr. Milner first became involved with the people of Kenya in 2009 after an explosion left more than 100 people dead and dozens severely injured. The James R. Jordan Foundation contacted the Johns Hopkins Burn Center shortly after the fire and asked Dr. Milner and other Burn Center staff to assist Kenyatta National Hospital with the care of burn patients. While in Kenya, the team provided hands-on nursing and surgical care, and worked with their staff to ensure better outcomes for the patients.
"I was pleased and honored to help the people of Kenya during such a tragic time," said Dr. Milner. "During my short time there, I became close with the Kenyan physicians and continue to collaborate with them on the care and treatment of burn patients."
More than three years later, The James R. Jordan Foundation is still grateful for the work and support Dr. Milner provided to the people of Kenya. Last year, the foundation broke ground on the Kenya Women and Children’s Wellness Centre, which will include a burn unit named in honor of Dr. Milner. The Stephen M. Milner Burn Centre will provide state-of-the-art burn care to patients, as well as train Kenyan physicians on the treatment and care of burns.