From burn patient to survivor

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Call the Burn Center at
316-268-5388 or
call the Via Christi operator at
316-268-5000 and
ask for the Burn Center.

Doctors available 24 hrs

Learn more about Via Christi Regional Burn Center

The Via Christi Regional Burn Center is the only dedicated burn care facility within 180 miles of Wichita. The Burn Center also treats trauma patients and those with complicated wounds or special conditions that result in the loss of skin. All patient rooms are private and feature state-of-the-art equipment. Rooms designated for the most critically injured patients are equipped with in-room hydrotherapy equipment. 

Charlie Drussel was badly burned when a gas can he was holding exploded. He was taken to Via Christi Hospital in Wichita, Kansas, where he was in the burn center for approximately three months. Charlie had both of his legs amputated due to the burns. Charlie and his wife, Sherry, say the nurses in the Via Christi Burn center were angels to them. Sherry bought Charlie's Angels shirts for the nurses. The video has a reunion with Charlie, Sherry and the burn center nurses before he leaves for rehab.

To look at Laura Thomas today, you would never know that she quietly suffers from life-altering burn injuries that have left her scarred and in constant pain. The wife and mother of three was a patient at Via Christi Regional Burn Center for six weeks after being burned in a flash fire at her workplace. That was nearly eight year ago. Now she is a frequent visitor to the center as a volunteer for SOAR — Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery — to give hope to others.



Ways to help burn patients
To give directly to the Burn Center, contact Connie Neal at
316-268-5292 or

What is SOAR?
Designed by the Phoenix Society, the Survivors Offering Assistance in Recovery (SOAR) program provides formal training to burn survivors who can help comfort burn patients and their loved ones by giving them one-on-one support. Volunteers do not give medical advice, but they can share their experiences and give hope to burn patients.
Since its creation in 2001, the SOAR program has been implemented in 48 hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada. The program came to Via Christi Regional Burn Center in 2010 and has six participating volunteers.

Learn more about SOAR


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