Living a life in color: A survivor’s mental health journey and recovery.

At 36 years old, Kevin Photos was fighting a mental war. He had been struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts for a while, and things didn’t seem to be improving. In fact, it all seemed to be getting worse. And, on January 4, 2017, Kevin made the decision to end his life by carbon monoxide […]
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Emmanuel Martinez — Painting a beautiful life

A patient treated at the JMS Burn Center at Doctors Hospital was recently recognized by the HCA Today blog. Emmanuel Martinez was treated for an electrical accident that took both his legs, dominant right arm, and a portion of his left hand. Martinez had a long rehabilitation journey where he was encouraged to pursue his […]
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Meet Dr. Ryan Endress, a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in Colorado

BRCA Location: Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America at Swedish Medical Center in Denver, CO. Where were you born? Wichita, KS Where did you grow up? Eureka, KS  Family: “I’ve been married to my incredible wife, Nancy, for almost 4 years.  We have 2 lovely children, ages 3 years and 9 months old. My parents and 2 […]
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Meet Dr. Kirsten Smith, a wound care specialist in San Antonio

BRCA Location: Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, TX Where were you born? San Antonio Where did you grow up? San Antonio  Tell me about your family: “Finally, my whole family is back in Texas. My parents live in San Antonio, and my sister and her family recently moved to Houston […]
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BRCA and Methodist Healthcare cut ribbon for San Antonio burn center

Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, TX, celebrated the South Texas burn center with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sept. 14. BRCA’s burn center at Methodist Hospital is part of the largest burn network in the nation. With 20 beds devoted to burn patients and a team of surgeons […]
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Founder’s daughter, astronaut Susan Still Kilrain, honored by USA TODAY

Susan Still Kilrain, who piloted back-to-back space shuttle missions in 1997, was recently named a Woman of the Century by USA TODAY. The daughter of burn center founder Dr. Joseph M. Still, Kilrain was the U.S. Navy’s second female pilot and currently works as a motivational speaker.   USA TODAY recently endeavored to name the […]
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Meet Dr. Michael McCann, BRCA’s newest surgeon in Idaho

Link to Dr. McCann’s physician profile. Where were you born? Cincinnati, Ohio Where did you grow up? Cincinnati, Ohio Family: “My mom and two sisters still live in Ohio.” What are your hobbies? “All of my hobbies are inspired by nature. When I’m outside of the hospital and I have some free time, I like […]
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Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America announces Dr. Claus Brandigi as its new CEO

Claus Brandigi, M.D., FACS, a burn and reconstructive surgeon with more than two decades of experience, is the new CEO of Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America (BRCA). In addition to his CEO duties, Dr. Brandigi will continue to serve as the Medical Director for the JMS Burn Center at WellStar Cobb Hospital. Dr. Brandigi […]
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Photo of burn patient Lyle Barnett

Patient Story: Lyle Barnett

Twenty-eight seconds. Lyle Barnett was on fire for 28 seconds. His drag car exploded around him as he hurtled down the quarter-mile strip at 170 mph. It started as a softball-sized orb of ethanol-fueled flames that struck him right in the face. Instinct took over. He took a deep breath, inhaling fire and fumes that […]
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Getting distracted by the rockets’ red glare can lead to burn injuries and a trip to the hospital for the Fourth of July.

“Staying safe for Independence Day can be easy,” said Beretta Craft-Coffman, a physician assistant and Vice President of Non-Physician Providers with Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America. “Just paying attention can make all the difference.” Most Independence Day celebrations center around fireworks, and fireworks-related injuries surge more around the Fourth of July than any other […]
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Arrangements for Dr. Fred Mullins

Dr. Robert Fredrick “Fred” Mullins, 54, of Evans, entered in to rest Sunday, June 14, 2020, at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, GA. Dr. Mullins was the Medical Director of the JMS Burn Center at Doctors Hospital and President/CEO of Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America. A leader in the world of burn care, Dr. Mullins […]
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Fred Mullins, M.D., FACS | 1966-2020

On behalf of the Burn and Reconstructive Centers of America family: It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Robert Fredrick Mullins on Sunday, June 14, 2020. Dr. Fred Mullins faithfully served as the Medical Director of the JMS Burn Center at Doctors Hospital and President/CEO of Burn and Reconstructive Centers […]
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