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Our Facilities

The Shirley Badke Retreat

The Shirley Badke Retreat is the home of the Burn Foundation offices, the Jeffrey Vaden Chavis House, and the Hermann K. Orlet Memorial Garden. Dedicated in 1998, the Retreat is named for burn survivor Shirley Badke. Shirley Badke was burned on over 85% of her body after a twin-engine plane crashed into her work. She was treated for her burns at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital, and she later went on to carry the Olympic Torch as part of the relay leading to the opening of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, GA.

Main Office

Our main office neighbors both Doctors Hospital in Augusta, GA, and the Jeffrey Vaden Chavis House. This is where our day-to-day operations take place.

Burn Foundation of America
3614 J. Dewey Gray Circle
Building C
Augusta, GA 30909

Jeffrey Vaden Chavis House

The Jeffrey Vaden Chavis House is our home away from home for the families of burn patients being treated at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, GA. The Chavis House features 40 beds, kitchenette, laundry facilities, playroom for children, common areas for relaxation, and daily meals provided by our local faith partners, all within walking distance of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center.


The Chavis House was named in memory of Jeffrey Vaden Chavis, a firefighter from Lexington, SC, who lost his life as a result of burns he received in the line of duty on July 12, 2001. The Chavis family then led the charge to renovate the Burn Foundation guesthouse, and, in 2002, was dedicated as the Jeffrey Vaden Chavis House. Each year, the Chavis House serves over 1,000 guests from across the United States as their loved ones receive treatment at Doctors Hospital.