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Polytrauma/TBI System of Care

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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 Polytrauma, 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 LICSW
(612) 467-5213

PRC Medical Director:
Diane Mortimer, M.D.
(612) 467-2044

PTRP Program Director:
Leah Gause, PsyD, LP
(612) 467-3865

PNS Medical Director:
Plunkett, James, M.D
(612) 467-2044

PM&R Neurorehabilitation Section Chief
Brionn Tonkin, M.D.
(612) 467-2044

Military2VA Program Manager:
Amy Navrestad, LICSW
(612) 243-7998

Chief of Rehab and Extended Care:
Michael Armstrong, M.D.
(612) 467-2044

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