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Welcome to the Minneapolis Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center

The Minneapolis VA Health Care System Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center  (MVAHCS PRC) is one of 5 facilities in the country designed to provide acute, inpatient rehabilitative care to Veterans and Active Duty Servicemembers (ADSM) who have  experienced severe injuries. 

Polytrauma is defined as two or more injuries sustained in the same incident that affect multiple body parts or organ systems and result in physical, cognitive, psychological, or psychosocial impairments and functional disabilities. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) frequently occurs as part of the polytrauma spectrum in combination with other disabling conditions, such as amputations, burns, pain, fractures, auditory and visual impairments, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other mental health conditions.

MVAHCS is also home to our 10-bed residential Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Program (PTRP) and is the VISN 23 Polytrauma Network Site (PNS) for post-acute, outpatient rehabilitation services.

For more information about fPolytrauma, visit the national Polytrauma System of Care page.


MVAHCS PRC, PTRP, and PNS programs are part of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) Department


Mental Health Support/Veterans Crisis Line

Veterans with Polytrauma injuries may also need mental health and crisis support.  If you or someone you know is having trouble readjusting to civilian life after military deployment, we can offer assistance and care.

Veterans Crisis Line.

Veterans Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255)

For immediate help, call the National Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Your call is confidential and can also be anonymous. Or, you may have a confidential online conversation with a professional on the National Veterans Crisis Line Web Chat site

Readjustment Counseling System (Vet Centers)

National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

VA Mental Health Program


Minneapolis VA Medical Center

Minneapolis VA Health Care System
One Veterans Drive
Minneapolis, MN 55417
(612) 725-2000
Toll Free: (866) 414-5058

Polytrauma Admissions and Referral Contact:
April Cerqua LCSW
(612) 467-5213

PRC Medical Director:
Mary Himmler, M.D.
(612) 467-2044

PTRP Program Director:
Nancy Hildreth, OTR/L
(612) 467-3865

PNS Medical Director:
Larisa Kusar, M.D.
(612) 467-2044

Chief of PM&R:
Michael Armstrong, M.D.
(612) 467-2044

OEF/OIF Program Manager:
Mark Frenzel
(612) 467-3929

Minneapolis VA Medical Center is a proud member of VA Midwest Health Care Network - Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 23.


Additional Information

If you are interested in more information about MVAHCS Polytrauma and PM&R Services, including admission or referral information, please contact April Cerqua, LCSW, at (612) 467-5213 or (866) 414-5058, Ext. 5213.

Returning Veterans and Active Duty Servicemembers

Veterans and Active Duty Servicemembers returning from Operation Enduring Freedom and/or Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) should contact their local OEF/OIF Program Manager for information about benefits and health care enrollment. Points of contact for VISN 23 OEF/OIF programming include:


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Information for Families

Our patients and their families are vital participants in our interdisciplinary rehabilitation programs. They regularly partner with team members to develop plans of care that offer the greatest treatment outcomes possible, including the highest level of independence attainable.