Providing Support for 35 Years

Written on November 04, 2021

We recently sat down with Anita Fields, the Phoenix SOAR Coordinator at the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center. Anita has worked in the burn care field for over 35 years, and when Phoenix SOAR was first piloted in 2001, Anita was one of the first Phoenix SOAR trainees.

The North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center recognized the power of peer support and was excited to join a national burn care program. For Anita, her favorite part of being a part of the Phoenix SOAR family is connecting with survivors, loved ones, and other burn care professionals around the country. The Phoenix SOAR program not only supports the survivors she treats but has also been a resource and tool for Anita as a burn nurse.

Phoenix SOAR has made me a better nurse and has helped me to understand where to focus my work. I love talking about my work with the burn community, and the Phoenix Society has been a HUGE part of my journey!"


Anita Fields received the Breslau award in 2018. The award honored an individual who has helped fulfill Phoenix Society's mission of peer support, education, and advocacy.

Looking forward, Anita is excited to continue to grow and offer more ways to help survivors connect. Anita also encourages Coordinators to reach out to and utilize other Phoenix SOAR hospitals. She believes that the success of Phoenix SOAR and its accomplishments has been due to the people and their passion for this work.

The Phoenix SOAR group is one of the most enthusiastic and supportive, and we all want to help one another."