Polytrauma/TBI System of Care
Welcome to the Palo Alto Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center
The Palo Alto Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center (PRC) is one of 5 facilities in the country designed to provide intensive rehabilitative care to Veterans and Servicemembers who experienced severe injuries (including brain injuries) to more than one organ system. Palo Alto also houses a Polytrauma Network Site (PNS)- one of 23 facilities designed to provide long-term rehabilitative care. For more information about Polytrauma, visit the national Polytrauma System of Care page.
VA Palo Alto Polytrauma Network Site is a DVBIC Partner Site.Learn more about Palo Alto's Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Program
Find out more about the Women’s Trauma Recovery Program at Palo Alto.
Mental Health Support/Veterans Crisis Line
Many Veterans with Polytrauma injuries also need mental health support. If you or someone you know is having trouble readjusting to civilian life, is having trouble sleeping, or is experiencing mood swings, depression, or other signs of extreme stress, we can offer free or low-cost assistance and care.
Veterans Crisis Line.
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 siteOEF/OIF services available throughout the region.
VA Palo Alto Health Care System
3801 Miranda Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94304
Toll Free: 800-999-5021
Polytrauma Admissions Coordinator
(650) 493-5000 Ext. 66764
Polytrauma Case Manager:
(650) 493-5000, Ext 67271
Palo Alto PTRP
Susan Ropacki, PhD
(650) 493-5000, Ext. 69808
Palo Alto PNS
(650) 493-5000, Ext. 65053
Polytrauma Case Manager
650-493-5000, Ext. 62768
DVBIC Site Director
Odette Harris, Polytrauma ACOS
(650) 493-5000, Ext. 62212
VA Palo Alto Health Care System is a proud member of the Sierra Pacific Network – Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 21.
If you are interested in more information about admission to the Palo Alto Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center or want to schedule an evaluation, please contact Victoria Faria, our Polytrauma Admissions Coordinator, at (650)-493-5000, Ext. 66764.
Veterans returning from Operation Enduring Freedom and/or Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) should contact their local OEF/OIF Coordinator for information about benefits and health care enrollment.
- Points of contact for Veterans and returning Servicemembers throughout the Northern California and Northwestern Nevada region.
The Memory Book: One unique tool developed by the TBI team that helps patients acquire the skills of normal daily life is a memory book. In the book, patients keep a schedule and write down reminders for themselves. As one former patient, Alec Giess, describes it, "You teach yourself something, then the next day you've got to teach it again. And again. And again." He wore a rubber band around his wrist to remind him to look in his book.
Driving Simulator: If the patient is cognitively and physically able to drive, the simulator helps the patient get ready for the road before actually going through on-the-road driver training.