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Local publisher donates $5,000 to honor late burn surgeon

A doctor giving patients his personal cell phone number may sound a little too far-fetched, but it’s something the late Dr. Fred Mullins did all the time. Jeremy Rueggeberg decided to honor the renowned burn surgeon’s legacy by donating $5,000 to the Burn Foundation of America on behalf of his business.

Rueggeberg, publisher of Medical Professionals Augusta, a magazine devoted to sharing stories about top medical professionals in the CSRA, presented the check to the Foundation on March 2.

Jeremy Rueggeberg presents the $5,000 check to Linda McKnight, President and CEO of the Burn Foundation of America. (Photo by Josh Heath)

Mullins, who served as Medical Director of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital and President and CEO of Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America, died suddenly on June 14, 2020 at the age of 54.

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“I wanted to do something to honor his legacy,” Rueggeberg said. “He was always making things happen, but he was in the trenches making things happen.”

But that wasn’t all he did to honor Mullins. He devoted the September 2020 issue of the magazine to him. In that issue, the doctor’s colleagues and patients shared their favorite memories and touching stories.

Lance Danko, administrator of Augusta University Health Imaging, holds the September 2020 issue of Medical Professionals Augusta. (Photo courtesy of Jeremy Rueggeberg)

“We really had two weeks to get this issue together,” Rueggeberg said. “I wanted to present something my kids would want about me.”

The Augusta-based Burn Foundation of Augusta provides a variety of services, such as meals, transportation and lodging, for burn patients and their families.

For more information about the Foundation, visit burnfoundation.net.

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