Trauma Survivors Network
The Trauma Survivors Network (TSN) is a community of patients and families like you who are looking to connect with one another and rebuild their lives after a traumatic injury. Joining this community can help ease the anxiety and frustration often experienced following a traumatic injury. Most of us have little experience with traumatic injuries, the accompanying hospitalization and resulting recovery that can be filled with uncertainty, anxiety and frustration.
UT Medical Center has partnered with American Trauma Society (ATS) to provide the programs and resources patients and families need to manage their recovery and improve their lives. The ATS website provides practical information on injuries and how they are treated and helps connect you with other survivors and their families as well as additional programs and services.
Trauma Survivor Network Contacts
Therese Zaltash, MS
TSN Clinical Coordinator
S. Elizabeth Waters, LAPSW
TSN Development Coordinator
Call (865) 305-9970 or email TSNCoordinator@utmck.edu for more information.
Snack & Chat
Every Tuesday at 2 p.m.
Family and friends of patients currently admitted to our Trauma Center are invited to take time to relax, have a snack and learn more about the emotional impact of trauma. The group meets once a week on Tuesday afternoons in the Trauma Surgical ICU (TSICU). Come and join us!
Upcoming Group Sessions
Every first Tuesday from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
- Let's CHAT (Come Have A Talk) Support Group - October 2
- Let's CHAT (Come Have A Talk) Support Group - November 6
- Let's CHAT (Come Have A Talk) Support Group - December 4
Inclement Weather Policy
If Knox County Schools are closed or have early dismissal the day of the support group due to inclement weather then the group will be cancelled.
Programs for Trauma Survivors & Their Families
Peer Visitation: This program offers patients the opportunity to talk with a trained volunteer who has experienced the aftermath of a serious injury; offering the perspective of someone who has been there.
Support Groups: Peer support groups allow you to share your thoughts, concerns and hopes for the future with others facing similar challenges.
Snack & Chat: Traumatic injury impacts family and friends in many ways. Caregivers often deal with frustration, anger, guilt, fear, sadness, and the responsibility of caregiving. Here you will find support from families that have experienced this before.
NextSteps™: The NextSteps program is based on the principles of self-management. This approach to health recognizes that YOU play the most important role in your recovery. This class is free and available from the comfort of your home.