Trauma Survivors Network - provided by ATS

University of Tennessee Medical Center

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As the only designated Level I Trauma Center in our area of East Tennessee, we strive to save the lives of critically injured patients and return them to full, productive activity. Each year, The University of Tennessee Medical Center's Emergency and Trauma Center offers highly specialized care for more than 85,000 patients. Through a collaborative team approach, we work closely with first responders and surrounding medical care facilities during those crucial moments after a traumatic injury.


According to the Centers for Disease Control, receiving care for a severe injury at a Level I Trauma Center can lower the risk of death by 25 percent, yet almost 45 million Americans do not have access to a trauma center within one hour of becoming injured. For that reason, it is vital that people in our region have quick access to the highest degree of emergency medical care that is found at The University of Tennessee Medical Center.


Of roughly 5,000 trauma patients seen in 2016, more than 60 percent arrived at the medical center directly from the site of their injury. The remaining 35 percent were transferred from smaller facilities in the region in order to receive specialized care. The treatment of critically injured patients presents unique complexities and challenges. They must be cared for by trauma-certified physicians and specially trained clinical personnel.

Upcoming Programs & Events

UT Medical Center's TSN Survivor Celebration

May 17, 2018 • 4:30 pm- 7:00 pm EST.

Come celebrate recovery with other trauma survivors, medical and hospital staff. There will be refreshments, beverages, door prizes and informational booths. Feel free to drop-in at any time during the event. Please RSVP by April 20, 2018 if you have not already. To find out more information please contact TSN at 865-305-9970. We hope to see you there! Learn more

Peer Visitation

UT Medical Center's TSN program has former trauma patients and caregivers who volunteer their time to visit patients and their families in the hospital. If you would like more information please contact us. Learn more

Snack & Chat

Every Tuesday • 2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Family and friends of patients currently admitted to our Trauma Center are invited to take time to relax, have a snack and learn more about the emotional impact of trauma. The group meets once a week on Tuesday afternoons in the Trauma Surgical ICU (TSICU) and Nero Critical Care (NCC) Family Lounge. Come and join us! Learn more

Let's CHAT (Come Have A Talk) Support Group

The 1st Tuesday of the Month • 6:00pm -7:00 pm

This is a general support group for trauma survivors. January and July groups will be held the 2nd Tuesday due to holidays (1/9/18 and 7/10/18). Please call for more information or to RSVP @ 865-305-9970. ***Inclement Weather Policy*** If Knox County Schools are closed or have early dismissal the day of the support group due to inclement weather then the group will be canceled. Learn more

Patricia Neal Brain Injury Support Groups

First Monday of each month • 7:00 pm

The Knoxville Area Brain Injury Support Group (KABISG) meets Monday of each month (aside from holidays) at Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. Call 865-331-1499 for more information. Learn more

Stroke Support Group

Third Thursday of the month • 4:00-5:30pm

The Brain and Spine Institute strives to provide care and support for stroke survivors, adult family members and caregivers. For more information on program topics and the meeting location please call 865-305-7530. Learn more