Meet Our Team
Sarah Hendrickson, M.Ed; Director, Survivor Recovery Services
As the Director of Survivor Recovery Services, Sarah oversees a growing department that has benefited from being awarded a government grant covering crime victims’ psychosocial needs and health management. The grant has allowed the department to expand its already successful Trauma Recovery Services curriculum and approach. Also, the grant now enables the department to offer direct and immediate support for victims of crime by providing transportation, food security through meals and trauma-based cognitive behavioral therapy, among other interventions.
In 2017, MetroHealth screened nearly 3,000 victims throughout The MetroHealth System. Her department’s role is to reduce any barriers to access for treatment that might be faced by those who are under-resourced and traumatized following victimization. These services are unique in their ability to address needs in real time. MetroHealth is the only hospital in the region offering this level of care.
Sarah received her education from Ohio University with a B.S. in Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences, and a Master of Education in Counseling. Following her graduate work, she spent five years working with individuals with disabilities at the county level in rural Appalachia. As a Licensed Professional School Counselor, Sarah also spent two years as a high school counselor in southeastern Ohio.
In 2013, she began working with a top orthopedic traumatologist at The MetroHealth System. Through their collaboration and development, the Trauma Survivors Network was launched, positioning it as only one of six similar programs in the nation. Four years later, her team has built one of the most successful survivor support programs in the region. In that time, Sarah’s team of volunteers had donated over 1,375 hours directly supporting survivors and were honored to receive the Crain’s Health Care Heroes Award for Volunteer Service in 2014. Today, the service continues to grow, providing consultation and guidance for similar programming throughout The MetroHealth System.
Megen Simpson, Manager, Trauma Recovery Services
As the Trauma Recovery Coach for Trauma Recovery Services, Megen Simpson organizes the Peer Visitor Program and provides trauma informed recovery education to trauma patients and their loved ones during their hospital stay. Simpson maintains a caseload of discharged trauma patients and provides supportive recovery coaching on a weekly basis as individuals navigate the road to recovery. She also co-facilitates the Trauma Survivors Group and Brain Injury Group.
She joined The MetroHealth System in the spring of 2016.
Simpson earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from The University of Mount Union and an M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of Akron. She is currently an active Licensed Professional Counselor through the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage Family Therapist Board."