Via Christi St. Francis Burn Treatment Center of Wichita, Kansas, will conduct a seminar on burn treatment, intended for medical personnel June 9 and 10.

La Junta and the surrounding region have a high risk factor for burns, considering the wildfire potential and the passenger and freight railroad service through the town. Thus Kimberly Mantejano of the Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center was eager to ask for the educational seminar offered by the Via Christi St. Francis Burn Treatment Center. The center is located in Wichita, Kansas, and is the only dedicated burn care facility within 180 miles of Wichita. The center is verified by the American College of Surgeons and the American Burn Association.

Montejano said: "AVRMC partners with community EMS and this was one of the courses requested by them. We are so grateful that this highly qualified team was responsive and willing to travel to ensure our area has this educational opportunity. It is very fulfilling to know that AVRMC, area healthcare providers, and our EMS agencies are so committed to providing the best care for our community members. We are very fortunate that all our healthcare professionals (prehospital and hospital) are dedicated to ensuring that continuing education needs are met and I am very proud of AVRMC's lead in this process."

The seminar will consist of both classroom and hands-on treatment for transport of burn victims for EMS and ambulance personnel and treatment in the hospital and office for doctors and nurses. The first segment is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. today (Thursday) at the new Life Science Building on the Otero Junior College campus. That session will concentrate on the transport of burn victims and will contain information not only for EMS and ambulance workers, but also for those caught in emergency situations.

The session on Friday afternoon will start at 1 p.m. and will be set up in the education rooms on ground floor of the hospital, Rooms MEC 1, 2 and 3. These sessions are for treatment and are intended for medical personnel.