Nate's Story

Nathaniel Farley, a 2016 Mettle of Honor recipient, lost both his legs and endured burns over 96 percent of his body in an explosion and fire caused by a heater.  Fifteen months later, Nathaniel took his first steps using prosthetic legs.

Nathaniel Has New Legs

Nathaniel Has New Legs


It is our vision that all burn survivors reclaim their lives, return to their home, work, school and personal interests. Upon their return, their community embraces them with understanding and compassion. We see the potential in each patient and their family to manage the burn scars, both physical and emotional.

Striving for this vision, we are recognized in our region as a holistic burn rehabilitation program with outstanding outcomes through use of our continuum of care. Our clinical experts anticipate burn survivors’ needs and empower them with the knowledge and ability to manage wounds and scars. In response to acquired impairments, our team uses a collaborative approach to treatment and cutting edge, research-based interventions. Most importantly, our environment fosters trust by showing acceptance and respect for our burn survivors throughout their recovery.

On-Site Care

Treatment by a consistent team of clinicians who each have special training in burn rehabilitation facilitates quick responses to any problems or issues, resulting in faster healing and functional improvement. Inpatients are seen daily by a physiatrist, someone who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation, or an internal medicine physician. Physicians with other medical expertise are consulted as needed.

Designated rooms ensure privacy and easy access to exclusive showers, decrease the risk of infection and preserve each individual's dignity.

A pre-admission team visits each patient during their acute care stay to ease the transition to rehabilitation, reducing anxiety for patients and their family members, and ensuring effective continuity of care and consistent use of appropriate medical equipment and supplies.

Comprehensive educational packets are provided and work as a supplement to verbal instruction with demonstrations for patients and their family members. Topic areas include: access to benefits and support systems, adaptive techniques and equipment for completion of activities of daily living (ADL), use of assistive devices, caregiver skills, community re-entry skills, community resources, driving, edema control, emotional recovery, care and use of pressure garments, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and wellness, home modifications, safe relief of itching, adaptive sports and recreation, personal life roles and areas of participation, medications, mobility, nutrition, pain management, creation/maintenance of a personal health profile, prevention of burns, prevention of secondary complications after a burn, skin care, sun protection, scar management, temperature regulation and return to work. Multimedia resources are available and provide long-term resources for concerns that may arise after discharge.

Comprehensive non-surgical scar management techniques, such as manual scar mobilization, localized stretching and custom orthotics are provided to patients and their caregivers to continue outside therapy sessions for the best results.

Consultation with community based therapists or others, such as school system, for easier transition back to each individual's home community and life roles.

As part of Madonna's continuum of care, specialized programming for persons with physical limitations is provided at Madonna ProActive. See the Madonna TherapyPlus Structured Independence Program and ProActive LifeGuide for Adaptive Training Class to learn more.

Program Highlights

Rehabilitation for patients with burns includes other specialized services that promote regaining the highest level of independence: 

Awards and Accreditations

View a list of awards and accreditations that demonstrate our commitment to providing the best quality of care for our patients.  

State-of-the-Art Technology

As a nationally recognized rehabilitation leader, Madonna has some of the most advanced rehabilitation technology available.