December 27, 2011

Trauma Survivors Network participates in Opryland Hotel's Hall of Trees

The Trauma Survivors Network (TSN) at Vanderbilt is participating in Opryland Hotel’s Annual Hall of Trees holiday exhibit and silent auction through Jan. 1, 2012.

Exhibit hours: Sunday-Thursday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Friday-Saturday, noon - 7 p.m.

Each year, Opryland Hotel hosts more than 20,000 visitors to its holiday exhibit, which includes a silent auction for the fully decorated trees, as well as unique specialty items from the likes of George Strait, Vince Gill and the Nashville Symphony.

The TSN tree is decorated with glass clock ornaments to represent the “Golden Hour,” a term trauma surgeons use to define the critical one-hour window following a traumatic injury to save a life.

Vanderbilt’s TSN was modeled after survivor programs at the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. It serves as a free resource for patients and their families coping with the life-altering experience of a traumatic injury, which can result in brain and spinal cord injuries, multiple fractures and amputations.

As part of the program, former trauma patients now serve as “peer visitors,” returning to the hospital to guide new patients on what to expect in the hospital, throughout rehabilitation and the journey back home.

The TSN at Vanderbilt operates solely on philanthropic donations from Middle Tennessee and the surrounding region. For more information, go to