Patient & Family Handbook

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This handbook was created as a resource for the trauma patient and their family during their stay in Shock Trauma. We hope that the information in this handbook will helpful during this difficult time. It explains common types of injuries and their treatments. The handbook explains the health care team and also provides practical information about hospital services and policies.

In the back of the handbook there is room for you to take notes and write down questions you may have for the doctors and staff.


Peer Visitation

The TSN offers trauma patients an opportunity to talk with a trained peer visitor. The volunteer can help the newly injured person through this difficult time and serve as a positive role model for the future.

The TSN Peer Visitors have ‘been there’. Since they have all lived through the trauma recovery experience, the TSN peer visitors understand the concerns of new trauma patients on a deeply personal level. They can offer understanding but most importantly, they are there to listen, address concerns and answer questions.

If you are interested in talking with or becoming a peer visitor contact: Katherine Ordonio at 410-328-4967 or or Frannie Grissom at 410-328-1375.


Trauma Survivors Support Group

After leaving the hospital or rehabilitation facility, the Trauma Survivors Support Group provides an opportunity that allows trauma survivors and their families to connect with other survivors. When you have experienced a major event in your life, like being injured, it is helpful to talk with others. We can learn by talking to other survivors and sharing how we deal with the challenges of recovery.

Support Groups:

  • Trauma Survivors Support Group
  • Brain Injury Support Group
    • 1st Monday of each month, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
    • Contact: Candace Rebuck: 410-448-6303      
  • Spinal Cord Injury Support Group
    • 2nd Tuesday of each month, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
    • Contact: Mike Henley: 410-448-6307
  • Amputee Support Group
    • 3rd Wednesday of each month, 6:00 pm
    • Contact: Naomi Miller: 410-448-6731
  • Caregivers Support Group
    • 4th Tuesday of each month, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    • Contact: Gwen Alexander: 410-448-6311

All Support Groups (except Trauma Survivors Network) are held at Kernan Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Hospital.


NextSteps Program

The NextSteps program is designed for a patient that struggleing with the ups and downs of recovery. It is an 2 hour class that meets once a week for 8 weeks. It is based on the principles of self-management. The self-management approach to health recognizes that YOU play the most important role in your recovery.

Some benefits to participating in the NextSteps Program are being better prepared to handle ups and downs as you progress towards recovery, learning from the experiences of other survivors, and enjoying yourself and enjoying your life.


For more information, please call Program Coordinator, Katherine Ordonio, at 410-328-4967 or Frannie Grissom at 410-328-1375.

This page was last updated: September 23, 2013

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