The University of Tennessee Medical Center: Equipped and ready for any crisis
As the region’s only Level I Trauma Center verified by the American College of Surgeons (ACS), The University of Tennessee Medical Center provides total care for every aspect of traumatic injury — from prevention through rehabilitation.
Specialized processes and teams are in place to care for accidents, falls, strokes and cardiac emergencies, as well as other life-threatening traumas. Our Emergency Department offers:
- Level I Trauma Center, ACS verified
- Board-certified, specially trained trauma teams
- Surgical capabilities around the clock
- Dedicated, expert staff
- Emergency medicine physicians
- Advanced Level Practitioners
- Dedicated nursing, paramedics and ancillary staff
- Comprehensive range of specialty consultants
- A Magnet-recognized nursing team
- UT LIFESTAR aeromedical services
You can't know when an emergency will happen — but you can know where to go to get the right care.
When the medical center released him, Mackenzie traveled to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, where he spent three months rehabilitating. While there, he was exposed to the world of adaptive activities, like swimming, wheelchair basketball and cycling.
“It was good therapy,” said Mackenzie. “I found out that I could still enjoy things I used to do, even if some parts were different or adaptive.”
A Life-Changing Basketball Camp
One of the sports he tried while in rehab — wheelchair basketball — clicked. “I loved the camaraderie and the physicality,” said Mackenzie, who played football in high school.
He decided to make basketball his primary sport, and to play for local Division III team when he went to college that fall. To hone his skills, he went to a summer basketball camp at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.
That summer camp changed the course of his college career.
Resources for the Journey
After a spinal injury, the whole family’s need for support changes. Finding resources for all types of assistance is part of the journey.
“Even though I’d worked in education for years,” said Jeannée, “I had never known anyone with a spinal injury. We were literally starting from scratch.”
The medical center staff introduced the family to the Trauma Survivors Network. Other groups, like the Challenged Athletes Association helped outfit Mackenzie with adaptive equipment for sports. The Physically Challenged Athletes Scholarship Fund, Swim With Mike, helped him afford Auburn.
And the Johnsons’ community played a big role in Mackenzie’s transition to his newly abled life. “This isn’t the club you would choose to be a member of,” Jeannée said. “But we’ve met some phenomenal people who have changed our lives for the better.”
Trauma Survivors Network 2018 Statistics
In 2018, the medical center's Trauma Survivors Network supported patients in a variety of ways, including:
- TSN's outpatient support group, Let's Chat, averaged eight participants per meeting, or about 96 patients per year.
- TSN coordinators supported 1,333 patients, with 29 percent receiving follow-up visits after the initial visit.
- Ninety-five peer visits occurred during 2018. Peer visitors dedicated more than 120 hours to the TSN program and conducting peer visits.