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Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center - Richmond, VA

 

Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Program (PTRP) in Richmond Virginia

Exterior photo of the Polytrauma Rehabilitation Program building 

Mission:  The mission of the Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Program is to utilize best practices in order to maximize each individual patient’s optimal level of functioning and social participation so that he or she is able to actively engage in a meaningful and satisfying life.

Vision: To provide a state of the art, evidence-based, community-reintegration and brain-injury rehabilitation program for veterans and active duty service members.

Our Goal:  Our goal is to see our patients transition to the least restrictive environment in which the person can function safely.

Overview:  PTRP is a residential treatment program designed to facilitate independence in the community for patients with moderate to severe disability related to acquired neurologic injury (TBI and nontraumatic brain injury).  We place a strong emphasis on return to work (eg. Active Duty service-members returning to active duty status) or school, community navigation and mobility, self-management of complex life skills, and development of psychological adjustment and coping skills.

Program Components:  We provide a holistic, ecologically based program that addresses the individual needs of residents with customized programming and treatment using an interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation specialists. Our team consists of a physician, Neuropsychologists, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Social Worker, a Blind Rehabilitation Outpatient Therapist, two Recreational Therapists, two Kinesiotherapists, two Occupational Therapists, a Physical Therapist, a Speech Language Pathologist, a Nurse Case Manager and a team of 24/7 LPNs providing supervision and care during non-treatment hours.  We provide group and individual therapies, on-site, community-based, vocational, and recreational activities.

To refer a patient or for more information about the PTRP Program please contact:
Ms. Candy Dunavan, PTRP Case Manager at (804) 675-6251 or candy.dunavan2@va.gov 
Dr. Gary Goldberg, PTRP Medical Director at 804 675-5000 ext.2476 or gary.goldberg@va.gov

Links to additional useful information and resources

Have additional questions about our program?                                                                                                           

PTRP Orientation Manual

Need directions to our program?                                                                                                                              

Directions Powerpoint

Need instructions how to access your portable health record?                                                                                MyHealtheVet

My HealtheVet offers you tips and tools (including access to your portable health record) to help you partner with your healthcare team, so together you may work to manage your health.

Your wellness is important to us!

Healthy decisions and a healthy lifestyle are critical components to healing and successful rehabilitation. Provided are some resources to assist you with assessing and developing that healthy lifestyle that will improve your healing and rehabilitation efforts:

What is the HealtheLiving Assessment?                                                                                                                   

The HealtheLiving Assessment is a feature of the MyHealtheVet Personal Health Record. The HealtheLiving Assessment is a Health Risk Assessment (HRA). it asks you questions about your health history and habits. This includes questions about your diet, exercise, your past health, and your family medical history. At the end, you will receive a personalized report. The report indicates your current health status. It also suggests changes you can make to improve your health and reduce risks of major diseases in the future.

Healthy Living Centers   

The Office of Veterans Health Education and Information within the VHA National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, in collaboration with the Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards, has developed a library of educational and health promotion materials on healthy living to enable Veterans to take control of their own health. VHA is in the process of developing a full library of topics for this Web site.  Eating Wisely, Physical Activity and Sleep and the basics of health.

Other TBI and Polytrauma Educational Resources:

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) - DVBIC Website

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) created the "A Head for the Future" initiative to raise awareness and lower the risk of concussion. How? By spreading the word about signs, symptoms and treatment of brain injuries and educating service members and Veterans about how to prevent them. We're talking to you - military families, line leaders, health care providers and caregivers.

Polytrauma System of Care/TBI Web page - Polytrauma System of Care

VA's Polytrauma System of care (PSC), is an intergrated network of specialized rehabilitation programs dedicated to serving Veterans and service members with both combat and civilian-related TBI and polytrauma. Services avaialble through PCS include; interdiscipliary evaluation and treatment, development of a comprehensive plan of care, case management, patient and family education and training, psychosocial support, and application of advanced rehabilitation treatments and prosthetic technologies.

Concussion Coach Mobile App - Get the Concussion App

Concussion Coach is a mobile phone application for Veterans, service members and others who have experienced a mild to moderate concussion. It provides tools to assess symptoms and to facilitate use of coping strategies.

Understanding TBI - Understanding TBI link

TBI may happen from a blow or jolt to the head or an object penetrating the brain. When the brain is injured, the person can experience a change in consciousness that can range from becoming disoriented and confused to slipping into a coma. The person might also have a loss of memory for the time immediately before or after the event that caused the injury. Not all injuries to the head result in a TBI.

Understanding Polytrauma - Understanding Polytrauma link

Polytrauma occurs when a person experiences injuries to multiple body parts and organ systems often, but not always, as a result of blast-related events. TBI frequently occurs in polytrauma in combination with other disabling conditions, such as amputation, burns, spinal cord injury, auditory and visual damage, spinal cord injury (SCI), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other medical conditions. Due to the severity and complexity of their injuries, Veterans and service members with polytrauma require a high level of integration and coordination of clinical care and other support services.