Trauma Survivors Network - provided by ATS

Carolinas Medical Center

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Carolinas HealthCare System is one of the nation’s leading and most advanced healthcare organizations. With more than 750 care locations, it provides a full range of healthcare and wellness programs across North and South Carolina. The F.H. "Sammy" Ross Jr. Trauma Center at Carolinas Medical Center is the region's only Level I Trauma Center. This is the highest level given by the American College of Surgeons. The Trauma Center provides the most advanced trauma care available for injuries that occur in Mecklenburg and the 14 surrounding counties in the Carolinas. The trauma team specializes in complete diagnosis and treatment for all forms of traumatic injury 24 hours a day. Carolinas Medical Center’s MedCenter Air offers full critical care transport services to patients through ambulance, helicopter and aircraft transportation. This makes access to the best care just minutes away from anywhere in the region. All transportation is equipped and staffed with highly-trained medical and flight specialists to serve as airborne and mobile critical care units. Carolinas Rehabilitation provides the most advanced care through a broad range of medical services. The types of therapy services include physical, occupational, speech, recreational and psychological therapies. Carolinas Rehabilitation offers inpatient facilities, outpatient doctor clinics and outpatient therapy locations. They provide complete rehabilitation care with a focus on quality and safety. Carolinas Trauma Network (CTN) is the region's only clinical network that meets the needs of injured patients across care settings. Because trauma impacts every community and healthcare provider, it is a public health issue. Carolinas Trauma Network is advancing the standard of care for trauma survivors by focusing on evidence-based guidelines and the research efforts of the CTN Research Center of Excellence.

Upcoming Programs & Events

Trauma Family and Friends Snack and Chat

Every Tuesday • 11:00 am - Noon

- For Family and Friends of Patients with Traumatic Injuries - Meet TSN Peer Visitors and hear their stories of strength and recovery after traumatic injury - Learn more about TSN services available to trauma survivors during recovery - Snacks and Drinks are Provided Learn more

TSN Peer Visitation

Tuesdays and Fridays

TSN Peer Visitors are trauma survivors or family members of survivors who are specially trained to offer support and encouragement to new trauma patients and their families. TSN Peer Visitors are volunteers who know what it's like to go through the lengthy recovery process after traumatic injury. They are trained to listen, share their personal survivor stories, and provide support. Peer Visitation is offered in person and over the phone. Learn more

TSN Survivors Group

Group meets the 4th Tuesday of every month (except December) • 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

- Come meet other trauma survivors who understand the ups and downs of the recovery process. - Come hear trauma survivors share their personal stories of strength and recovery after a traumatic injury. - Learn and discuss ways of building personal strength and confidence after a life-changing injury. - Snacks and drinks provided. Learn more

TSN Family and Friends Group

Group meets the 4th Tuesday of every month (except December) • 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

- Come meet other family or friends of trauma survivors - Connect with others who understand the impact of trauma on those who support trauma survivors - Drinks and snacks provided - Meets in the same location but separate room as the TSN Survivors Group Learn more

TSN Kids Group

Group meets 4th Tuesday of every month (except December) • 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

A safe place for children, who have a family member or friend with a traumatic injury. This is a monthly group where kids can connect with others who have had similar experiences and have fun at the same time. Activities, Drinks, Snacks and Smiles Provided! Learn more

2018 TSN NextSteps Group

Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month, January-June 2018 • 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

** NextSteps Group helps survivors build on their strengths and develop new skills to move forward after a serious injury. Trauma Survivors can come alone or bring a friend/loved one along to just one or all six of the groups. (Unfortunately, no child care is available during NextSteps at this time.) Groups are co-led by TSN Coordinator, TSN Team Member, and TSN Peer Visitor, who is also a trauma survivor. 2017 NextSteps Group Topics include: January 9, 2018: Detours on your Life Journey February 13, 2018: Moving Forward March 13, 2018: Managing Emotions after Trauma, Part 1 April 10, 2018: Managing Emotions after Trauma, Part 2 May 8, 2018: Communication with Family/Friends, Medical Team June 12, 2018: Looking Ahead/Overcoming Setbacks Learn more

Project STAR

Through Carolinas Rehabilitation, Project STAR provides information and referral services in addition to community-based services for individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and their families. Project STAR serves 11 counties, including Mecklenburg and the surrounding areas. Project STAR also houses the Charlotte office for the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina. Learn more

Charlotte Area Brain Injury Alliance

Group Meets the 1st Tuesday of every month • 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Come meet others who have sustained a traumatic brain injury and learn more about available resources. Contact phone: 704-355-2620 Learn more

Adaptive Sports & Adventures Program (ASAP) of Carolinas Rehabilitation

The Adaptive Sports & Adventures Program (ASAP) provides instruction and opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities to participate in sports, recreational activities and outdoor adventures. Participants include those who have experienced traumatic and non-traumatic injuries and diseases. Sports vary by season and include: Cycling, fishing, golf, kayaking, hunting, rugby, snow skiing, soccer, swimming, tennis and water skiing. Learn more

Brain Injury Alliance of SC

Monthly support groups

The Brain Injury Alliance of SC offers Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) information and resources, support groups, prevention materials, awareness events, plus statewide conferences and workshops for individuals with TBI, caregivers and the general public. Call 1-877-824-3228 or visit Learn more