Trauma Survivors Network - provided by ATS

MetroHealth Medical Center

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The MetroHealth System is one of the largest, most comprehensive health care providers in Northeast Ohio, serving the medical needs of the Greater Cleveland community since 1837. MetroHealth is an academic health care system committed to our communities by saving lives, restoring health, promoting wellness, and providing outstanding, life-long care accessible to all. MetroHealth System's Division of Trauma, Burns and Critical Care operates the Trauma Center, in addition to the Surgical Critical Care Units and the Comprehensive Burn Care Center. The hospital is verified by the American College of Surgeons as a Level 1 Adult Trauma Center, and the Comprehensive Burn Care Center is verified by the American Burn Association. Additionally, MetroHealth Medical Center serves as the major referral hospital and tertiary care center for Western Cuyahoga County. The Trauma Center is one of the busiest in the nation, with nearly 3,000 admissions related to trauma per year. The 27-bed Surgical Intensive Care Unit admits more than 2,000 critically ill surgical patients per year. The Comprehensive Burn Care Center treats more than 1,700 outpatient and inpatient burn injuries each year. Also, MetroHealth Medical Center is home to the first air medical program in the area, Metro Life Flight. Since its inception in 1982, our priorities are to provide the highest level of care to those in need while implementing the highest safety standards in the industry. The MetroHealth Trauma Center consists of an outstanding group of medical professionals, support personnel, communication specialists, and many more individuals necessary to remain committed to patient-centered care and intervention. 

Most recently, The MetroHealth System, the flagship hospital for the region's Trauma Survivors Network and Trauma Recovery Resources has began an innovative development with the support of the Northern Ohio Trauma System (NOTS) to regionalize Trauma Recovery Resources and bring support and mentorship to all affected by major physical injury and loss in our city, county, region, and state. 

Upcoming Programs & Events

Brain Injury Support Panel

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 • 3:00pm

A Panel of Brain Injury Survivors, Loved Ones, and Caregivers will be available to patients and families in our ICU waiting room. This meeting is open to only those currently receiving care. This is a closed group. If you or a loved one is currently at The MetroHealth System and would like to ask our Brain Injury Panel anything and everything there is to know about brain injury, please join us at 3:00pm on Wednesday, Nov. 19th. Learn more

Trauma Survivors Support Group

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 • 6:00pm

This is a monthly group for survivors of major physical injury to share their journeys with others who have had similar experiences. Loved ones are welcome to attend. 18 and older. This month, Dr. Liz Dreben, PhD, Rehab Psychologist will be joining us to discuss Meaningful Recovery. Email or call for location details. 216-778-3602. Learn more

Trauma Survivors Meeting

THURSDAY, AUGUST 28th, 2014 • 6:00pm to 7:00pm

This group is designed to support the healing and recovery of Survivors of major physical Trauma and their family members. There will be group discussion, educational topics on recovery,and guest experts. Topics and guest experts will focus on injury education, pain management, legal and financial affairs, grieving and loss, managing your follow-up recovery, transitioning back to work, adjusting to family life and expectations, and a variety of concepts aimed at helping the trauma patient/survivor and their family adjust to the "new normal" of their lives. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Parking is validated. Please RSVP prior to the event date listed to the TSN Coordinator. Learn more

Special Guest Speakers for June Meeting

June 18th, 2014, Wednesday • 6-7pm

We will have two guest speakers for June's Trauma Meeting. Our first speaker is the daughter of a survivor who will speak to her experiences supporting her Father. Our second speaker is a young man who used his injury to turn his life into something positive. He will be sharing his story of thriving and surviving. Call or email Sarah Hendrickson to RSVP. 216-778-3602 Learn more

Community Based Caregiver Support Group

This support group, located in Medina, Ohio meets the second Wednesday of the month, 6-8 pm at the Granger Lake Owner's Lounge, 200 Granger Road, Medina 44256. The group is designed to help caregivers of all kinds, from children taking care of aging parents to parents taking care of adult children with life-altering injuries or disease. For more information, you can email: Linda Grajzl Administrative Specialist/Caregiver Support Group Facilitator/Event Planner Learn more

National Trauma Survivors Day

Wednesday, MAY 21st, 2014

In conjunction with our important tradition of National Trauma Awareness month, the ATS and TSN are excited to celebrate National Trauma Survivors Day. On Wednesday, May 21, 2014 we hope you will join us to celebrate SURVIVORS and their dedication, perseverance and commitment to recovery. A traumatic injury can alter life in an instant and recovery can be long and challenging. The Trauma Survivors Network (TSN) supports the recovery of these survivors and their families and hope you will show your support for this incredible group of individuals. We invite you to participate with us by going to and downloading the #TraumaSurvivorsDay sign. Take your picture holding the sign and upload it to Facebook or Twitter on May 21st using #TraumaSurvivorsDay. Learn more

Trauma Survivors Meeting--April 2014--Special Announcement

4-30-2014 • 6:00pm to 7:00pm

This will be a special evening where individuals who were air-lifted or treated by Metro Life Flight will have an opportunity to meet the crew, learn about in-flight first-response, and possibly tour the craft (weather permitting). For many, the "ride in the helicopter" was the most important part of their initial care; and for many, they simply don't remember the event. This is an opportunity to see how you were cared for initially and personally speak with the crew. We look forward to an evening that is sure to be impactful and moving. Please RSVP by Wednesday morning if you'd like to participate. For those that would rather come to a regularly scheduled meeting, we will resume our usual support groups in May. (May 28, 2014). Learn more

Special Guest Speaker at May Trauma Meeting

Dr. Brendan Patterson, orthopedic surgeon extraordinaire will be joining us to speak of the impact survivors have had on him and his career. Please join us in welcoming, Dr. Patterson into the group Wednesday. Closed discussion will follow. Learn more

Trauma Survivors Wellness Workshop

3-26-2014, Wednesday • 6:00pm

Join us for a fun, interactive wellness workshop in which you will learn quick and easy, tools and techniques to help you achieve more balance and resilience to face your daily stressors. After exploring your life with the Wellness Inventory, a tool used by spas, and health care facilities across the United States, you will create a personalized self-care wellness plan for improving your life. In this workshop, you will learn the true meaning of the word “wellness” as we discover 12 areas of wellness displayed in the wheel. Whether you or a family member are struggling with health challenges, or you simply want more balance and less stress, this is the workshop for you!! Learn more