Burn Suites

The Burn Council exists to help children, adults, and families affected by a burn incident by helping patients heal during and after their hospital visit. We provide financial, in-kind, and other assistance to burn survivors and their families. As the only nationally verified burn center in the area, we provide educational support to the public about burn prevention.

The Burn Council Programs

Burn Survivor Assistance
Established to help burn survivors and their families with limited financial means, this program provides temporary housing, food and other needs for families of inpatient burn victims. This program assists in the following areas: provides reduced or free treatment supplies and burn garments for outpatient burn survivors, provides assistance to individuals and families wishing to attend the World Burn Congress survivor convention, trains peer support counselors, and helps coordinate the Support Group for burn survivors and families.

Burn Family Suites
Similar in concept to The Mad Anthony’s Hope House, the Burn Family Suites of Northern Indiana are a place for families to rest, reflect, and regroup while a loved one is in the regional burn center at a local hospital. Our facility is designed to be a quiet place away from the burn center that allows families to sleep, eat and shower, while also being close to area hospitals if an emergency arises. Our hope is to provide a stress-free environment in a time that can prove to be otherwise.

What’s Next

With additional funding, the Northeast Indiana Burn Council will actively seek new programs, activities and collaborations to provide for the financial, physical and mental well-being of burn survivors. Some of our plans include:

  • Expanding our prevention and advocacy efforts to include open fire safety.
  • Enhancing current middle and high school burn safety education programs.
  • Funding 15 local children to attend a Burn Camp every year.

What You Can Do

Financial assistance is always welcome, and here’s how your money could benefit The Burn Council:

There are also opportunities to volunteer at the Burn Center. If you’d like to find out how you can help, contact us.

Officers & Representatives:

Laurie Long, Chair
Science Teacher, Rochester School System

Sgt. Luke Nathalang, Vice Chair
Master Trooper, Indiana State Police

Vincent Green, Secretary/Treasurer
Asst. CEO, Lutheran Hospital

Dr. Kevin Berning, St. Joseph Burn Center Medical Director
Partner, Summit Plastic Surgery

Tom Long, Burn Survivor Representative
Manager, Chrysler Kokomo Plant

At-Large Board Members

Asst. Chief Jim Murua, Fire Marshall
Fort Wayne Fire Department

Capt. Scott Schroeder
Captain, Fort Wayne Fire Department

Michelle Diss, NP
Nurse Practitioner, St. Joe Medical Group

Carrie Engel
Clinical Coordinator/Instructor, University of Saint Francis

Andrea Hill
Director of Sales, Fairfield Inn & Suites

Sheryl Mourey, RN
Quality Assurance Director, St. Joseph Hospital