Trauma Survivors Network - provided by ATS

Survive. Connect. Rebuild.

A Program of the ATS

Vassar Brothers Medical Center

Vassar Brothers Medical Center (VBMC) is a 350-bed facility that has served New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley since 1887. Our    most recent addition, the stunning Patient Pavilion, includes 294 private patient rooms, 13 surgical suites and a 66-room emergency and trauma center.

We are part of Nuvance Health™, a network of seven hospitals and numerous outpatient facilities throughout the Hudson Valley and across western Connecticut.  Our patients benefit from the various services and multispecialty groups across the health system including three Level II Trauma Centers at Vassar Brothers Medical CenterDanbury Hospital and Norwalk Hospital.

As a Level II, American College of Surgeons verified Trauma Center, VBMC provides comprehensive and expeditious care for victims of traumatic injuries.  With 24-hour immediate coverage by general surgeons, as well as coverage by the specialties of orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, emergency medicine, radiology and critical care, we assess and treat patients according to national guidelines aiming to make sure each patient's outcome is maximized. 

  Outreach and education are key aspects to our community approach with extensive programming offered to reduce common

  causes of traumatic injuries.



TSN Coordinator

28 Reade Place, First Floor
Poughkeepsie, New York, 12601

cell: 845-797-6768

Upcoming Programs & Events

2022 Race to Rebuild: A Virtual 5K/1 mile walk/run/cycle/roll event

5/1/2022-5/31/2022 • Anytime

Race to Rebuild is a virtual 5K/1 mile run/walk/cycle/roll event that anyone can join in support of trauma survivors and the incredible challenges they face every day. Race to Rebuild is a virtual race that anyone anywhere can join in support of friends, family and others who challenge themselves daily to adapt to their "new normal". You can choose any day in May to complete your 5k or 1 mile run/walk/cycle/roll. Registration is $40 per person and includes: Race to Rebuild t-shirt Custom Race Day Bib Other fun TSN Swag Trauma Survivors: Please use promo code: SURVIVOR2022 for 50% off registration. New this year! Support the Race to Rebuild without ever having to leave your couch with the Couch Potato event. This event benefits the programs and services provided by the American Trauma Society and Trauma Survivors Network which dedicates their mission to Save Lives, Improve Care and Empower Survivors. Learn more

National Trauma Survivors Day

May 18, 2022 • All Day

celebrate with us on May 18, 2022! On Wednesday, May 18th the TSN community will celebrate National Trauma Survivors Day (NTSD). This celebration seeks to draw inspiration from and provide support to survivors of traumatic injuries and their caregivers, opening the road to their recovery from trauma. During this event, we encourage all those who support these patients to write them a note of inspiration to aid in the recovery process and to share this note via social media thereby creating one strong voice for recovery from injury. Simply posting a message of hope and support by every one of us will create an unprecedented voice of compassion and solidarity from the trauma community on behalf of our patients and their families. You can participate in any of the ways below! Print this sign and write your words of advice or inspiration. Take your picture holding the sign. If you already have a TSN t-shirt, send us a picture of you in it. We'd love to highlight you on TSN social media! If you want to order a TSN t-shirt, use the link here. Upload the sign to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with #TraumaSurvivorsDay and #NTSD Tag your friends and family along with your Trauma Center. You can also update your Facebook profile picture with our frame available here. participate in the virtual photo booth - open the entire month of may More information coming soon! join our virtual 10k/5k/1 mile walk/run/cycle event to support trauma survivors More information coming soon! Send us a video about your race to rebuild by may 10, 2022 to raise awareness for the TSN This year, we're focusing on trauma survivors as they race to rebuild for our National Trauma Awareness Month and Trauma Survivors Day celebration. We'll be sharing pictures of survivors all month long. We also want to share stories from trauma survivors about how they reached their new normal to raise awareness for the TSN program! Email it to by May 10, 2022 for a chance to be featured in our Trauma Survivors Day video! Don't forget to submit your video and photo release form here. More instructions are available here. Check out our YouTube page for video instructions and an example! Donate $10 to the TSN by either Selecting "Trauma Survivors Network" from the donation list on the American Trauma Society website donation page Texting "TSN" to 703-215-4011 Spread the word with our infographic and flyer! Learn more

Next Steps Online

The NextSteps program is a free 6-week self management course designed to recognize that YOU play the most important role in your recovery. based on the principles of self-management. It uses techniques that have been scientifically proven to increase one’s self confidence and sense of empowerment. NextSteps teaches you the skills to become an active self manager of your health and your life. Learn more

May is Trauma Awareness Month!

May 2023

The entire month of May is focused on raising awareness for trauma survivors, their family/friends, and the trauma professionals who go above and beyond every day. Learn more

TSN Virtual Support Group

10/26/2022 • 6:30-8PM

This Month's Topic: "Facing Your Fears" Virtual Support groups are free, 90 minute online groups to support survivors of physical injury. Groups are co-led by TSN Trauma Professionals and TSN Peers. Learn more

Community Resources

Spinal Cord Injuries- United Spinal Association

United Spinal Association is a national 501(c) (3) nonprofit membership organization dedicated to empowering people with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), including veterans, to live successful and fulfilling lives. Directed by people with disabilities, United Spinal Association works to overcome the stigma of disability and remove physical barriers to inclusion for wheelchair users. We are united in our belief that business, people with disabilities and society all benefit from providing equal opportunity to pursue passions, employment, and recreational opportunities. Our goal is to actively support people with SCI/D through valuable programs and services that maximize independence and create opportunities to become leaders, advocates, and innovators.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Mental Health America (MHA)'s work is driven by its commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need them; with recovery as the goal.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services- SAMHSA

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

National Center for Victims of Crime- NCVC

The National Center for Victims of Crime is a nonprofit organization that advocates for victims’ rights, trains professionals who work with victims, and serves as a trusted source of information on victims’ issues. After more than 35 years, we remain the most comprehensive national resource committed to advancing victims’ rights and helping victims of crime rebuild their lives. The National Center is, at its core, an advocacy organization committed to — and working on behalf of — crime victims and their families. Rather than focus the entire organization’s work on one type of crime or victim, the National Center addresses all types of crime.

National Organization For Victim Assistance

Founded in 1975, NOVA is the oldest national victim assistance organization of its type in the United States and is the recognized leader in victim advocacy, education and credentialing.

Brain Injury Association of America

Our Goals: 1. Improve care and support for individuals with brain injury and their families. 2. Increase awareness and understanding of brain injury and the Brain Injury Association. 3. Accelerate research for treatment and a cure. 4. Increase BIAA’s impact commensurate with the scope of the problem.

Amputee Coalition

Mission & Goals of Amputee Coalition: Our Mission: To reach out to and empower people affected by limb loss to achieve their full potential through education, support and advocacy, and to promote limb loss prevention. Our Key Tenets: Limb Loss Is Not Uncommon, And Becoming Less Uncommon Every Day.The Amputee Coalition works to raise awareness about and increase practices to prevent limb loss. No Amputee AloneThe Amputee Coalition works to ensure that no amputee feels alone through pre- and post amputation and recovery. Living Well With Limb LossThe Amputee Coalition works to help amputees and their family live life to the fullest after amputation.

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