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Welcome to the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center

Opened in 1978 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville, Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center is East Tennessee’s recognized leader in rehabilitating stroke, spinal cord and brain injury patients.

The Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center offers a comprehensive, team approach to care. Individualized programs for patients can include physical, occupational, and recreational therapy, behavioral medicine and speech-language therapy. Therapists work with physiatrists (doctors who specialize in rehabilitation medicine) to implement plans of care that help patients return to a normal lifestyle as quickly as possible. Rehabilitation nurses collaborate with specialists to teach self-care techniques and provide education to help patients reach optimal functionality.

Today, PNRC has 73 beds and serves nearly 1,000 inpatients annually. It is one of the largest inpatient rehabilitation centers within an acute care hospital in the country. The center has touched the lives of thousands of patients and families from around the nation, accumulating nearly 30,000 patient success stories over the years.

The center’s services, technology, and staff have all expanded as the community has grown, and Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center rivals the offerings of rehab facilities in much larger cities. It has 15 separate accreditations from the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). PNRC’s accredidations are among the most in the nation and directly reflect the excellent level of care given at Patricia Neal Rehab Center.

Primary Diagnoses

The cutting-edge therapy programs offered at Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center serve patients with a variety of diagnoses. See the quick links below to learn more about commonly treated conditions.

For a full listing of the services we provide, please visit our services page.

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Covenant Health organizations have been recognized for patient satisfaction by Professional Research Consultants (PRC), a nationally known healthcare marketing research company headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska.
PRC researches the opinions of former Covenant Health patients via a confidential phone survey which assesses perceptions of patient care.

This year’s PRC awards for Covenant Health include 5-Star awards and 4-Star awards. Five-star awards are given to facilities, departments or service areas that score in the top 10 percent (at or above the 90th percentile) of PRC’s database based on the number of patients who rate the service area “Excellent” in overall quality of care. Four-star awards are given to facilities, departments or service areas that score in the top 25 percent based on number of patient ratings for excellence in overall quality of care.

PNRC was awarded 5-star awards in Brain Injury/Spinal Cord injury Inpatient Rehabilitation Services and Inpatient Rehabilitation Services.

The highest PRC honor, The Crystal Award was also presented to PRNC for being the nation's Top Performer for Overall Quality of Care, Inpatient Rehabilitation Services.
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The 32nd annual Pat Neal Golf Classic numbers are in!

Yesterday over $240,000 rolled in to support the many programs and services of the rehab center!

The commitment and compassion of nearly 200 golfers and 95 volunteers made this event possible. Thank you to everyone involved!
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Pokémon Go Users:Our patients' safety and privacy is our top priority. The attached image contains important guidelines regarding the use of the Pokémon Go app in our facilities and physician offi...

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Pokémon Go Users:Our patients' safety and privacy is our top priority. The attached image contains important guidelines regarding the use of the Pokémon Go app in our facilities and physician offi...

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