Trauma Survivors Network - provided by ATS

Survive. Connect. Rebuild.

A Program of the ATS

Brigham and Women's Hospital

The Trauma Center at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) provides comprehensive, expert care to adult trauma patients with the most critical injuries.

The Brigham and Women's Hospital Trauma Center has been providing Level I trauma care since 1993 to Massachusetts and New England residents and visitors.  Level I is the highest designation a trauma center can receive. Providing the highest level of expert skill and care around the clock is what distinguishes us from most other hospitals.

To maintain our Level I accreditation from the American College of Surgeons, we must continuously monitor our care and maintain an excellent response pattern for the treatment of all major trauma which enters our emergency department daily.  This means a trauma surgeon and team of specialists are available 24-hours-a-day, seven days per week.

The Brigham and Women's Hospital Trauma Center is committed to research, education, prevention, and outreach activities.

Upcoming Programs & Events

Amputee Support Group

1st Wednesday of every month • 1-2:30 p.m.

Meets the 1st Wednesday of the month from 1-2:30 pm. Focus of the group is to maximize quality of life for amputees and their family members. All amputees, their family and friends are invited to attend. Learn more

Boston Acquired Brain Injury Support Group (BABIS)

Usually meets on the first Saturday of the month • 10:00 a.m. to noon

This group is for brain injury survivors, family and friends. It is a large support group, averaging 60 or more people each month. There is no registration or fee to attend. There is also a facilitated family/caregiver (brain injury-related) support group which meets at the same time. Usually meets on the first Saturday of the month, from 10 am to Noon. If a first Saturday falls on a holiday weekend, the BABIS Support Group will meet on the second Saturday. On holiday weekends, the group meets on the second Saturday of the month. There are no meetings in July or October. Learn more

Weekly Spinal Cord Injury Support Group

Every Thursday • 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Weekly support groups for anyone affected by SCI (Spinal Cord Injury), to help and inspire the newly injured through role models and peer mentors, and to support individuals and family members as they begin their post-injury journeys. This group is run by run by Dr. Chris Carter Learn more

Open Hearts Men's Group

Every Sunday • 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

A place for men to come together and share their stories in a safe and confidential setting. Group meets the every Sunday night from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Sponsored by the UU Urban Ministry. Learn more

Peer Visitation

Hospitalization following a traumatic injury can be filled with uncertainty, pain, anxiety and frustration. The TSN offers trauma patients an opportunity to talk with a trained peer visitor who can help the newly injured person through this difficult time and serve as a positive role model for the future. Since they have all lived through the trauma recovery experience, including the rescue scene, hospitalization, rehabilitation, and returning home, TSN peer visitors understand the concerns of new trauma patients on a deeply personal level. When a new trauma patient talks about his or her anxieties regarding the recovery ahead or the frustrations of dealing with the medical system, the TSN peer visitor can offer understanding and some tips for getting through the day. Most important, they are there to listen, address concerns and answer questions. Learn more

Community Resources

Burn Survivors of New England (BSONE)

Dedicated to supporting & empowering burn survivors & their families as they build active and engaged lives.

Boston Emergency Services Team (BEST)

This toll-free number can be used 24 hours a day, seven days a week to obtain services. Staff at the 1-800-981-HELP Call Center will provide support, information, referral, or arrange an in-person evaluation. The Call Center will dispatch mobile clinicians to intervene at the site of the crisis unless a different setting is requested by a family or if the containment of a more secure setting is required. If you or someone in your family is in crisis, please call 1-800-981-4357 for guidance.

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