Burn Family Suites

We provide healing, a place to stay and assistance to burn survivors and their families during their stay at St. Joe Hospital


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 Suites 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
MACHH: Burn Family Suites IS 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.

Press and News

Kelley donates $100,000 to Burn Council

 | The Journal Gazette

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2 local nonprofits join to house families of hospital patients

By JENNIFER L. BOEN for The News-Sentinel

Link to the original article.

“Many ideas grow better when transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up,” penned Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., the 19th-century physician, poet and Harvard Medical School dean.Those words aptly describe how the recent marriage, of sorts, came about between two local nonprofits, the Burn Council of Northeast Indiana and Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House.

The mission of MACHH is to provide temporary, minimal-cost lodging to parents and families of children receiving inpatient medical care away from home. Located on the campus of Lutheran Hospital, the house opened in 2003, with an addition to the building completed in 2013. Read more…

  • Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017
  • Time: 6:00pm to 10:00pm
  • Place: The Weidler Farm – 3130 Eggman Rd. Fort Wayne IN 46814
  • Music: Adam Strack Band
  • Food: BBQ Shigs N’ Pit
  • Drink: Cash Bar
  • Misc: Live and Silent Auction

A burn can happen at any time, to anyone, anywhere. To a family affected by a burn, their lives come to a standstill as trained professionals work to heal the victims, as families wrestle with immediate and long-term financial realities, and as survivors focus on their future. Somewhere in-between, the Burn Council assists burn survivors and their families to alleviate as much of their stress as we can as soon as we can.

We need your investment in our mission to continue and grow our efforts. Please support our signature event, Denim & Diamonds 2016. Help us help those affected by a burn incident. Proceeds from Sponsorships, attendee sales, and silent auction will Help Burn Survivors get their Lives back to Normal.

There will be a live band, dinner, dancing, a bar (open bar for beer and wine), our signature drink White Lightning, photo booth, silent auction, a bonfire, corn hole tournament, and needle in a haystack.


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