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Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center

Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, VCU Medical Center is one of the country’s leading academic medical centers with five health sciences schools, the VCU Health System, the Massey Cancer Center, and Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU. As the region's oldest Level 1 trauma center, the VCU Medical Center offers state-of-the-art care in more than 200 specialty areas, many of national and international note, including organ transplantation, head and spinal cord trauma, burn healing and cancer treatment. We are the only comprehensive trauma center in the state of Virginia with adult, pediatric and burn trauma verifications.


Upcoming Programs & Events

Chesterfield/Powhatan Brain Injury Support Group

2nd Monday of the month • 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

This group is geared to adults with brain injury and families. Learn more

Hopewell TriCities Brain Injury Support Group

2nd Tuesday of the month • 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

This group is open to adults with brain injury and families. The group usually meets in the Quiet Room at the back of the library;check at the front desk for location. Learn more

Richmond Aphasia Support Group

2nd Thursday of the month • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Learn more

Richmond Support Group

3rd Monday of the month • 6:15 pm

This is for adults with TBI, family and friends Learn more

Richmond Supportive Survivors

Tuesdays • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

This is for adults with TBI, family and friends and is a social group. Learn more

United Spinal Association of Virginia Caregiver Chat

Third Wednesday of every month • 6:00 pm

This group is open to family, friends and caregivers of individuals with spinal cord injury and disease. Learn more

Community Resources

Women's Mental Health After Paralysis

Written by Patty Kunze, BSN, RNC, Roberta Palmer, RN and Laurie Pepitone, this booklet focuses on women and their mental health after a paralyzing injury. Ms. Kunze is a VCU Medical Center Trauma Survivor.

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Rollin' RNs

As The Rollin’ RNs, we look forward to using our nursing experience as health care professionals who live our lives with a spinal cord injury (SCI) to write articles that pertain to health topics of most interest for the SCI community and those with other disabilities. ​ Patty Kunze has been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years and has accumulated a wealth of healthcare information and experience she wishes to share with others. Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, she has worked in Spinal Cord Injury Unit, Neonatal ICU Transport team, Labor & Delivery/Newborn Nursery management, and as a nursing instructor for nursing students. In 2009, she was in an auto accident leaving her a T4 complete paraplegic. So not only is she a nurse, but she also lives her life in a wheelchair. ​ Roberta Palmer has been a Registered Nurse for over 20 years. She has experience in Family Practice, Allergy and Immunology, Specialty Pharmacy, and as an RN Health Coach and Case Manager Specialist. In 2014, she was involved in an ATV accident which left her a T3 complete paraplegic from the chest down. She also lives her daily life in a wheelchair. ​ Patty and Roberta are both experienced and knowledgeable nurses who live life from the sitting position daily. Their goal is to share information with readers that is evidence-based, timely, and easy to understand.

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