Polytrauma/TBI System of Care
James A. Haley VAMC Opens New Polytrauma Center
Veterans and Staff of the James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital held a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house dedicating the Polytrauma Center in Tampa, Florida on Saturday April 12.
This 170,000 square foot VA Rehabilitation Center for inpatient and outpatient care features modern award winning architecture, natural light, 56 private inpatient rooms, day rooms, a relaxing lobby and deck, and state of the art therapy areas. The new and enhanced family-oriented spaces, such as a family living room, multipurpose room, kitchen, and laundry are organized around an open "Town Center" atrium which also includes dining areas, children's area and computer lounge. The hospital is designed to support physical and emotional rehabilitation to assist patients' return to society in the wake of often traumatic experiences.
Polytrauma patient rooms will have televisions programmed with interactive software. Patients can access health information and watch movies, television or surf the Internet, all part of a move toward patient-centered care. Tracks are set into the ceilings that can lift and carry patients from their beds to an adjacent bathroom. Other rooms are designated to treat blind patients, a common result of blast injuries. Glass-walled community rooms overlook a basketball court and the putting green. The first floor of the facility has two swimming pools. The smaller one has a treadmill and the larger one is big enough to roll in wheelchairs and float kayaks, with a wall of windows that can collapse to the outdoors.
Tampa, the nation's busiest polytrauma unit, has treated more than 1,000 such veterans since the program started there in 2004.