Cynthia Rauso, B.A. 1973
Cynthia Rauso, B.A. 1973, has been named president of the Burn Foundation, based in Philadelphia, PA. The nonprofit organization was founded 31 years ago and its mission embraces patient care, burn medical education, injury prevention initiatives and community burn awareness programs. In addition to providing financial and program support to burn centers and burn-awareness programs to schools, occupational and community groups, the foundation organizes seminars for student nurses and coordinates conferences.
The foundation was established as a vehicle for allocating Pennsylvania Department of Health Funds, and today is primarily connected with the four major burn centers in the Delaware Valley area: Crozer-Chester Medical Center, Temple University Hospital, Lehigh Valley Hospital and St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. One of the major programs Rauso heads involves producing videos and interactive materials on burn education with the help of a $1.3 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “One video, already produced and being actively used, is called ‘Stop, Drop and Roll,’” she says. “It is geared specifically to schools and teaches young children how to protect themselves if they are burned.” She lives in Philadelphia.