International President visits Lions Burn Center
On a beautiful weekend in February 2022 Lions Club International President Douglas X. Alexander visited Lions in Las Vegas Nevada. Past Council Chair Lion Irving Confino and his wife Lion Carol, members of Las Vegas Black Mountain Lions Club, arranged for the visit. A dinner on Friday night was attended by scores of Lions from District 46. The IP graciously met with and took photos with all the attending Lions. On Saturday morning IP Alexander was taken on a tour of the Lions Burn Care Center inside University Medical Center in Las Vegas. He was excited to see the facility, a signature project of District 46. The tour was arranged by Lion Cathy Downey of Las Vegas Summerlin Lions, who is a lead nurse in the facility. In 1968, the need for a special care center for the treatment of burn victims in Southern Nevada and surrounding states was brought to the attention of Lions. With the leadership of Lion Dan Louie, Lions took on the challenge and through a concerted effort, Lions Burn Center was opened in February 1969, at what was then Southern Nevada Memorial Hospital Over the years, local Lions Clubs have donated over $700,000 and continues to provide advanced equipment and expanded facilities funding.
The UMC Lions Burn Center is a premier burn care facility which is recognized and used by patients throughout the southwest. The UMC Lions Burn Care
Center is one of the few hospitals in the nation and the ONLY hospital in Nevada to earn certification as a Burn Center by the American Burn Association and the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons.