Stony Brook University Hospital (SBUH) provides ongoing support services to trauma survivors, helping them adjust to a new normal and orient back to family and community after suffering traumatic injuries. Services include patient and family support groups and connection to the Trauma Survivors Network. This May, which is National Trauma Awareness Month, SBUH hosted its first-ever Journey to Healing event aimed at supporting, connecting and celebrating trauma survivors, their families and support networks. Attendees were able to connect with Stony Brook’s trauma care team, EMS and other trauma survivors, participate in the Trauma Survivors Network Race to Rebuild, and learn safety practices through Stop the Bleed training, fall prevention, and roadway safety.
SBUH, Suffolk County’s only Level I Trauma Center for adults and children, is top ranked for survival of the most seriously injured patients in New York. Annually, SBUH treats almost 2,000 adults and more than 200 pediatric patients, and each year those numbers grow. Level I is the highest designation, indicating that the most advanced care is available. The hospital provides 24/7 access to in-house (as opposed to on-call), board-certified critical care specialists and trauma surgeons. Having this in-house expertise, including orthopaedics, plastic surgery, vascular, neurosurgery and countless other specialties available at all times means immediate treatment of all types of traumatic and complex injuries. To prevent traumatic injuries, Stony Brook’s outreach programs aim to educate the community about risk factors. Learn more at trauma.stonybrookmedicine.edu.