Trauma Recovery Services

Education and support to help you recover

Bouncing back from a traumatic injury requires more than just physical care. As the area's premier Level I Adult Trauma Center, MetroHealth understands the needs of trauma patients. That's why we offer special resources for patients and their families. These free services extend from hospitalization through recovery. One very special form of support we offer: the Trauma Recovery Services program. Here, we provide mentoring, education and support to help you as you heal.

Contact Trauma Recovery Services at 216-778-3602 or [email protected].

MetroHealth is the only center in Ohio to offer a Trauma Recovery Services program in addition to state-of-the-art clinical care. These are a few of the programs that we offer through this innovative program.

Trauma Survivors Network

Each trauma survivor has a unique journey, but you don't have to go it alone. Our program can connect you with a community of patients and families that support one other, while rebuilding their lives after a serious injury. Being a part of this Trauma Survivors Network community means you're not alone. That could help to ease the anxiety and frustration that often follows a trauma. 

You might find out about this network when you're recovering in the Trauma Center. Someone from the network might visit you and drop off some information about the network. We'll stop back in a few days to see if you or family are interested in our services.

There's all sorts of help this network can provide. For example, we can navigate paperwork. For victims of crime or those who are temporarily disabled, these forms can seem insurmountable. But we know the ropes and are happy to help.

We can also help you to stay engaged and comfortable. For example, we know that you'll have a lot of time on your hands while you heal. That's why we provide support bags that include goodies like blankets, crosswords or iPods. These items can help you feel more comfortable while you go about the serious work of recovery. We also have volunteers who visit—and it's usually someone who has experienced the same type of trauma as the person they're visiting. Who better to understand than someone who has gone through it themselves?

The Trauma Survivors Network was created by the American Trauma Society. This national group has been committed to trauma care and prevention for more than 30 years. MetroHealth was one of the first hospitals in the country to get a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to start a Trauma Survivors Network.

Trauma Support Groups

The MetroHealth System has always been at the forefront of patient-centered care. Trauma Recovery Services continues to exemplify the System mission by supporting patients and families in our community.

Trauma Recovery Services offers a general trauma support group that meets monthly. In addition, there's an amputee support group and a brain injury information panel for patients and families. All are welcome to join any of our support groups; we ask that you observe the Group Rules listed below. Check out our calendar of events.

Trauma Survivors Network Group Rules

  • All information shared in the group should remain confidential.
  • Treat all members with respect.
  • One person at a time speaks.
  •  No cell phones during group meeting.
  • Speak about yourself.
  • Be on time.

For information about the support groups, please contact Megen Betts, or you can read more about the team.

Trauma Education

Trauma Recovery Services also offers a variety of educational programs for families, the health care community and the public. Some of these programs are in our Cleveland trauma center, but many take place throughout the community. We provide:

  • Coaching for patients and families.
  • Recovery service consultation.
  • Peer volunteer and mentorship training.
  • Community outreach and presentations.
  • Health care professional and first responder presentations.
  • Nurse/staff debriefing services.
  • Trauma prevention education and outreach.

Victims of Crime Advocacy and Recovery Program (VOCARP)

The Victims of Crime Advocacy and Recovery Program aims to assist in:

  • Identifying victims of crime within our hospital system.
  • Identifying the needs of crime victims and their families.
  • Improving and maintaining victim access to community services and resources.
  • Increasing victim knowledge of their   legal rights and responsibilities.
  • Helping victims of crime access housing services, emergency and long-term.
  • Promoting patient safety and engagement within our health system and the community.

Get Involved

Trauma Recovery Services provides help to patients and families who need it. Services are free, and there's no enrollment process.

If you've suffered a traumatic injury, we'll reach out to you during your inpatient stay. If you're a community member who wasn't treated at MetroHealth, no problem. All you have to do is contact us. We'll link you to the right resources and services.

Contact Trauma Recovery Services at 216-778-3602 or [email protected].