Congratulations to our Executive Director, Amy Acton, who was awarded the Curtis P. Artz Distinguished Service Award this week while the Phoenix Society staff attended the ABA Conference in Palm Springs, California! Amy was recognized for her dedication throughout her career to advocating for the expansion of burn recovery services and resources for those impacted by burn injury and their loved ones.
Amy’s career in burn care started at the Spectrum Health Regional Burn Center, located in Grand Rapids, MI, as a burn nurse and nurse manager. In 1998, she joined the Phoenix Society, which then relocated to Grand Rapids, and joined its mission as the only national non-profit organization of its kind helping those impacted by burn injuries meet their challenges with the community support and tools they need to thrive again. She, along with the dedicated staff and volunteers of the Phoenix Society, has developed several national programs that have greatly increased accessibility to long-term recovery resources for those in the burn community.
Amy has been instrumental in refining the organization’s mission and building strong partnerships to build and expand programming which includes World Burn Congress, an international conference for burn survivors, their families and friends, fire services and medical professionals; a peer support program now in over 56 burn centers; and a thriving advocacy program to add the survivors voice to burn prevention issues. She is a member of the National Fire Protection Association Board of Directors and also serves on the Board of the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition.
This award is presented annually to a non-physician member of the American Burn Association for his/her outstanding contributions in the burn field. This award memorializes Dr. Curtis P. Artz for his lifelong dedication to the well being of the burn patient and the support of all others who could contribute to that goal in the patient-center, clinical, and research spheres.