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Published on April 01, 2010

Nathan Speare Regional Burn Treatment Center at Crozer Receives $5,000 Contribution as Part of Award Received by Burn Survivor

Philadelphia based law firm, Anapol Schwartz recently announced that burn survivor Dennis Gleason, from Hatboro, Pa, was the recipient of its first Anapol Advocate Award. Established by The Anapol Schwartz Foundation (ASF), the award recognizes inspiring individuals who have helped victims affected by disabling injuries lead better and more productive lives. In honor of the award, Anapol Schwartz made a $5,000 contribution to the burn center of Gleason’s choice, the Nathan Speare Regional Burn Treatment Center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center.

More than 1,000 people voted online to select the winner of the award from three semi-finalists. “I am very humbled by this award. It also reassures my mission to continue helping the Burn Association promote safety on the job,” says Gleason.

In 1990, Gleason suffered severe electrical on-the-job burn injuries while working as a PECO lineman. After spending months in the Nathan Speare Regional Burn Treatment Center and even more time in rehabilitation, he chose to make the best of a devastating situation and returned to PECO as a safety trainer. For almost 20 years, he has shared his personal story with all new area line mechanics at PECO, contributing to the prevention of electrical contact injuries on the job.

Gleason has also written articles for magazines that reach thousands of electrical workers, spoken to industry groups, and has worked with the Philadelphia-based Burn Foundation to create DVDs about burn safety, particularly the one aimed at electrical contractors working around live wires. Gleason volunteers at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, is a member of the Burn Foundation's Survivor Advisory Council, and serves as a mentor to other burn survivors. He has also served as volunteer accompanying children to and from the Mid-Atlantic Burn Camp, formed especially for young burn survivors.

“I have dedicated myself to the continued discussion of fire and burn safety in the work place.  An injury can happen so quickly that you don’t have time to react and that is what it is important to always be aware of your surroundings and follow protocol,” says Gleason.Gleason explains, “My day started out like any other day I had experienced as a lineman for more than 10 years. Once I arrived at the job site, I prepared to perform the small simple task of repairing an elbow on a cable, like I had done a thousand times previously.

“However, when I came in direct contact with a 7,620-volt power line, which blew a 140-amp fuse, my life was changed forever. The next thing I knew I was in the back of an ambulance and being air lifted to Crozer-Chester Medical Center, where I spent the next two months. I was treated for second and third degree burns over 20 percent of my body.  Without the care of my physicians and nurses, I would not be here today, hopefully, preventing other burn-related injures.”

The Nathan Speare Regional Burn Treatment Center at Crozer-Chester Medical Center treats more the 450 adults and pediatric patients each year. The Burn Treatment Center is the only burn facility in suburban Philadelphia that provides all the services needed to meet the needs of burn patients and their families within a single unit—from emergency treatment to intensive care to rehabilitation to follow-up and outpatient care.

Crozer-Chester Medical Center is a 388-bed tertiary care facility that is part of the Crozer-Keystone Health System, the largest employer and healthcare provider in Delaware County. The medical center admits nearly 20,000 patients, treats approximately 50,000 Emergency Department patients, and delivers about 2,000 babies a year. For more information, visit

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