Trauma Survivors Network - provided by ATS

Survive. Connect. Rebuild.

A Program of the ATS

Morristown Medical Center

Morristown Medical Center’s Trauma Center is verified as a Level I Regional Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons and designated a Level II by the state of New Jersey.   Morristown Medical’s Surgical Critical Care and Trauma Services have one goal: to return the patient to the highest level of functioning. We have been providing excellent patient outcomes for more than 10 years, offering the highest level of care and injury prevention efforts.  We also provide rehabilitation evaluation and services.


ICU Team Support Services 

Once a patient is admitted to the ICU there is availability of a Patient and Family Social Work Support specialist in each adult Intensive Care Unit within Morristown.  They are available to provide supportive counseling and resources to ICU patients and their families during this stressful time. 


The continuum of social work support is also available after you leave the ICU.  We know trauma patients are at an increased risk for developing Post Intensive Care Syndrome (see below for more info on PICS).  The Post ICU Outreach & Support social worker works on a multi- disciplinary team that includes a Critical Care Physician, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, and other disciplines.  The Post ICU Outreach Team works to identify patients and families who are at risk for Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS or PICS-Family) once they leave the ICU.  Once a patient is identified to be at risk there is an array of resources made available.  Such as social/emotional support groups or a follow-up visit to Post Intensive Care Clinic for ongoing care after the ICU.  


What is Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS)?

Following an ICU stay survivors may experience new or worsening symptoms below:


-Physical Weakness- physical limitations, muscle weakness or problems with balance. 

-Cognitive Difficulties- difficulty with thinking, remembering, problem solving, paying attention, word finding, organizing your thoughts, trouble with concentration

-Emotional Difficulties- depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Critically ill patients may develop sleep problems including difficulty falling and staying asleep, nightmares and may confuse sleeping and waking times.

-Family members are also at risk of developing the above emotional struggles


To Learn More about Post Intensive Care Syndrome visit:

Atlantic Health-Post Acute ICU Recovery Center 

Atlantic Post ICU Recovery Center (

Society of Critical Care Medicine

TSN Coordinator

Heather Imperato-Shedden
Email Coordinator

100 Madison Avenue
Morristown, New Jersey, 07960

work: 973-971-5699

MMC Trauma Survivors Network

Upcoming Programs & Events

Thrive: Post ICU Peer Support Group


Survivors of critical illness and their adult family members and caregivers can connect with others who are experiencing similar challenges during recovery. The group is led by social work staff and a peer lived experience volunteer. Thrive is meeting virtually via secure videoconferencing. Learn more

Next Steps: Trauma Survivor Group


6-week support group led by social workers (Danielle Ferrone & Heather Imperato-Sheeden). Learn more

Community Resources

American Trauma Society

NJ Temporary Disability & Family Leave

Application and information on temporary disability, family medical leave and insurance coverage options.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Prevention Is Key

Morris County prevention education programs, professional development training, advocacy, information and referral services, that address issues of substance abuse prevention, recovery support, violence prevention, ATOD dependence and other emerging issues of concern to the community.

Brain Injury Alliance Of NJ

NJ Time to Care

Information on paid family leave in NJ

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