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Polytrauma/TBI System of Care


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Welcome to the Bronx Polytrauma Network Site

The Bronx Polytrauma Network Site is one of 23 facilities in the country designed to provide long-term rehabilitative care to Veterans and Servicemembers who experienced severe injuries (including brain injuries) to more than one organ system.  For more information about Polytrauma, visit the national Polytrauma System of Care page.

Find out more about Military Sexual Trauma and Care at the (Bronx) VA Medical Center.

Find out more about our War Related Illness and Injury Study Center and what we can do for you.

Find out more about the VA Nurses Helpline - available 24 hours a day. Call 1-800-877-6976.

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.

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

Bronx Mental Health Services:
For Immediate Assistance or to Schedule an Appointment:
(718) 584-9000, Ext. 5237

Bronx VA Medical Center

James J. Peters (Bronx) VA Medical Center
130 West Kingsbridge Road
Bronx, NY 10468
(718) 584-9000
Toll Free: (800) 877-6976

Returning Veterans Coordinator:
Blanca Faber (LCSW)
(718) 584-9000, Ext. 5872

Polytrauma Admissions and Referral Officer:
Edna Recher (LCSW)
(718) 584-9000, Ext. 6674

Polytrauma Case Manager:
Edna Recher (LCSW)
(718) 584-9000, Ext. 6674

Polytrauma Director:
Adrian Cristian (MD)
(718) 584-9000, Ext. 5095

James J. Peters (Bronx) VA Medical Center is a proud member of the VA NY/NJ Veterans Healthcare Network - Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN 3).

Additional Information

If you are interested in more information about admission to the Bronx Polytrauma Network Site or want to schedule an evaluation, please contact Edna Recher (LCSW), our Admissions and Referral Officer, at (718) 584-9000, Ext. 6674.

Returning Servicemembers

Veterans and active duty Servicemembers 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.

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Compensated Work Therapy

Compensated Work Therapy opportunities are available for patients receiving care from our Polytrauma department.  This program is designed to help patients successfully re-enter their communities and live secure and productive lives.  For additional information, please contact the Community Support Services Program Manager at (718) 584-9000, Ext. 5154.