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

Amanda Gosson
Email Coordinator

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

Upcoming Programs & Events

2023 Race to Rebuild: A Virtual 5K/1 mile walk/run/cycle/roll event

5/1/2023-5/31/2023 • 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: SURVIVOR2023 for 50% off registration. 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

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. This Year's Topic: "Roadway Safety Is No Accident" Once again, the American Trauma Society (ATS) and The Society of Trauma Nurses (STN) have come together in the development of the annual National Trauma Awareness Month (NTAM) campaign. With a documented rise in motor vehicle crashes and fatalities throughout our nation, the theme “Roadway Safety Is No Accident“ is both timely and appropriate for our trauma centers to promote. Injury and Violence Prevention Professionals throughout our nation have been responding to the rise in motor vehicle related injuries and deaths. Our roadways continue to become over crowded, drivers are more distracted now than ever before, and safety hazards are growing, thus contributing to this rapidly evolving crisis . Raising awareness and supporting prevention efforts is more important now than ever. This year’s committee chose five areas to focus prevention efforts on including: Passenger Advocacy, Distracted Driving, Experience, Impairment, and Traffic Safety Learn more

TSN Virtual Support Group

5/24/23 • 6:30-8PM

This Month's Topic: "Celebrating Trauma Survivors" 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

National Trauma Survivors Day

May 17, 2023 • All Day

Celebrate with us on May 17, 2023! On Wednesday, May 17th 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. Click the link to see all the ways you can get involved!! 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

Community Resources

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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