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Welcome to the Tampa Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Program

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The Tampa Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Program (PTRP) is one of five facilities in the country designed to return a Veteran or Servicemember, with TBI or polytrauma, to the least restrictive environment in the community with meaningful daily activities including return to active duty, work and school, independent living, or supported living. 

VA PTRPs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for residential rehabilitation with brain injury specialty programming. The PTRPs serve Veterans and Servicemembers with brain injury, polytrauma, and other disabling conditions, as appropriate for the needs of the patient.

What is PTRP?

VA Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Programs (PTRP) are time limited, goal oriented, residential rehabilitation programs that partner with Veteran and Servicemember participants to improve their physical, cognitive, communicative, behavioral, psychological, and social functioning after significant injury or illness.

Currently, there are five PTRPs operating nationally at the VA medical centers in Minneapolis, Palo Alto, Richmond, Tampa, and San Antonio.

The overarching goal of the PTRPs is to help participants return to the most appropriate, least restrictive community setting, by targeting skills necessary for return to home, school, work, or military service, as feasible.

The PTRPs:

  • Offer interactive therapy programs designed to address the individual needs and goals of each participant.
  • Challenge participants through a wide range of individual and group therapeutic activities and living skills practices.
  • Focus heavily on community reintegration activities.
  • Employ teams of licensed and credentialed rehabilitation professionals who provide patient-centered, integrated care.

Tampa VA Medical Center
James A. Haley (Tampa) Veterans' Hospital

13000 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33612
Main: (813) 972-2000
Toll Free: (888) 716-7787

PTRP Referral Officer:
Debbie Shepherd, RN, BS, CCM
PH: (813) 972-2000, Ext. 6149

Program Director:
Joseph (Jay) McCarthy
PH: (813) 972-2000 Ext. 7764

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

Additional Information

If you are interested in more information about admission to the Tampa Polytrauma Transitional Rehabilitation Program please contact Debbie Shepherd, RN, our Admissions and Referral Officer, at (813)-972-2000 Ext. 6149.

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


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