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Polytrauma/TBI System of Care

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Welcome to the Tampa Polytrauma Assistive Technology Program

The Mission of the Polytrauma Assistive Technology Program

To enhance the ability of Veterans and Active Duty Servicemembers with disabilities to fulfill life goals through the coordination and provision of appropriate interdisciplinary assistive technology services.

To serve as an expert resource to support the application of assistive technology within the VA healthcare system.

Core AT Team

  • Medical Director
  • Program Coordinator
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech-Language Pathology
  • Rehabilitation Technician
  • AT Track Champions for:
    • Wheeled Mobility and Seating
    • Adapted Sports and Recreation
    • Adapted Driving
    • Audiology
  • Vision impairment
  • Program Description

Program Description

Clients participate in a comprehensive and individualized evaluation, technology trials, product selection and individualized treatment including designing, customizing, programming, adapting, modifying, training, setup, follow-up, maintenance and repair and/or replacement of an assistive technology device. The client and family members actively participate throughout the planning, education and treatment process to promote carryover into the patient's natural environment. 

Services

Provision of comprehensive assistive technology evaluation and treatment for devices including:

  • Electronic Aids to Daily Living
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Cognitive Orthotics
  • Computer Access
  • Learning Technology
  • Mounts

Tampa VA Medical Center

James A. Haley (Tampa) Veterans' Hospital
13000 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33612
(813) 972-2000
Toll Free: (888) 716-7787

James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital is a proud member of VA Sunshine Healthcare Network - Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 8.

For information about the
Tampa VA Polytrauma
Assistive Technology Program
contact:
Jay McCarthy, Program Coordinator
(813) 972-2000 ext 7764

For Information about the Tampa VA Polytrauma System of Care, contract:
Angela J. Whitener
Polytrauma Administrative Officer
(813) 979-3671

Referral Criteria

  • Client demonstrates limitation in independent functioning due to Polytrauma and brain injury.
  • Client demonstrates adequate cognition and physical functions to benefit from and access an assistive device.
  • Client has been identified as eligible by the VA Hospital's eligibility unit.
  • Client may be referred either as an inpatient or an outpatient. Referral from an outside agency is accepted if the individual meets the above criteria.

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