Connect With Patients and Families

At the center of THRIVE is the belief in the unique power of ICU survivors to support one another.

There are always brief glimmers of connection—over coffee in ICU waiting rooms or years later through chance meetings. THRIVE is working to find ways to make such connections intentional, rather than simply by happenstance.

Support groups offer a space where individuals can come together to share stories, experiences, and lives in a way that helps reduce isolation and loneliness. Oftentimes, we think we are struggling alone, but support groups help us see that there are others who may dealing with similar situations.

Share your unique experience related to critical illness or injury. 
The THRIVE initiative is seeking stories from patients or their loved ones.

Follow THRIVE on Facebook to connect with other ICU patients and families.

 

 Post-ICU Clinic Directory

 
​ICUs have historically focused on survival as the single most important outcome of critical illness. Recent research has shown that most patient who survive their ICU stay develop a combination of cognitive impairment; emotional problems, including depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder; physical weakness; and significant social and financial hardships. Together, this constellation of symptoms has been termed post-intensive care syndrome (PICS). The physical, psychological, and financial burden of caring for patients with PICS has common and predictable effects, including anxiety and depression, on family members of ICU survivors. These effects have been termed PICS-F, for the PICS effect on families.

As understanding has improved of the impact that PICS and PICS-F have on quality of life, critical care providers have started to open specialized clinics to provide and coordinate care for ICU survivors and their families. These clinics are composed of an interdisciplinary team of professionals, including critical care and mental health physicians, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and social workers. Their ultimate goal is to improve patients’ quality of life, ease caregiver burden on families, and work to restore patients to their prior level of functioning.

Here is a current list of ICU survival clinics in the United States:

California
Post-ICU Recovery Clinic
University of California at San Diego
San Diego, California
Referral call line:
+ 800 926-8273
Inquiries:
+ 855 355-5864
posticu@ucsd.edu

Colorado
Critical Illness Recovery Center
National Jewish Health
Referral call line:
Phone: + 877 225-5654
Fax: + 303 270-2153
Inquiries:
Phone: + 303 398-1867
Fax: + 303 398-1452

Indiana
Critical Care Recovery Center
Eskenazi Health
Indianapolis, Indiana
Referral call line:
Phone: + 317 880-2224
Fax: + 317 880-0412

Kentucky
ICU Follow-Up Clinic
University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Referral call line:
+ 859 323-9555

Massachusetts
After the ICU
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts
Referral call line:
+ 617 732-6770

North Carolina
Critical Illness, Injury, and Recovery Research Center
Wake Forest Baptist Health Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Referral call line:
+ 336 716-4649

Pennsylvania
ICU Survivor Clinic
Geisinger Medical Center
Danville, Pennsylvania
Referral call line:
+ 570 271-6211 (Geisinger Health Plan patients only)

Tennessee
ICU Recovery Center
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, Tennessee
Referral call line: + 615 322-2368

Utah
Health Trauma Clinic
Intermountain Medical Center
Murray, Utah
Referral call line: + 801 507-6437
Inquiries: ICU_ARC@imail.org
 

 Peer Support Group Directory

 

The THRIVE Peer Support Collaborative is a worldwide partnership between survivors, clinicians, hospitals and SCCM to learn how to create stable, useful in-person support groups.

Some of the Collaborative member sites may have support groups available to those in their geographical areas.

To learn more about these sites, contact support@THRIVE.org.

If you don't see a site in your area, email and tell us a little about yourself. Even if we do not yet have a group in your area, your story can help us identify where we should go next or you may join a virtual support network.

U.S. Sites

Atlantic Health System - Morristown Medical Center                                 
Morristown, New Jersey, USA

Intermountain Medical Center                                                                   
Murray, Utah, USA

Mayo Clinic       
Rochester, Minnesota, USA

Nashville Veterans Affairs Medical Center                                      
Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Oregon Health and Science University
Portland, Oregon, USA

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

UCSF Health
San Francisco, California, USA

University Hospitals
Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA

International Sites

Glasgow Royal Infirmary 
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Guy’s and St. Thomas
London, United Kingdom

Royal Adelaide Hospital 
Adelaide, Australia

St. Bartholomew's Hospital
London, United Kingdom

Universidad de los Andes
Santiago, Chile

University College Hospital      
London, United Kingdom

Western Health
Melbourne, Australia