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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.

This facility complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. Click here to learn more.

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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Pat Kimbrough loves volunteering at Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center, and enjoys working with patients and the staff at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. Learn more about Pat: www.iamcov...

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In 1967 Joni Eareckson Tada was injured in a diving accident at 17 years old, leaving her in a quadriplegic state with minimal use of her hands. After two years of rehabilitation, Joni re-entered the community with new skills and a fresh determination to help others in similar situations.

We were thrilled to have Joni visit us yesterday to share words of encouragement with our patients. Joni and Friends Knoxville
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Sam Owens was in a terrible car accident in late 2013. After 5 1/2 weeks in the hospital on a respirator, Sam came to Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center to recover. He recently sent this letter to two staff members:

"Here is a picture of me with my Pat Neal medal on Myrtle Point, one of the subpeaks of Mt LeConte!

I had many goals for my recovery and the two primary were:
- When someone who didn't know about the accident saw me, they wouldn't be able to tell anything had happened. (I'm happy to say I got there quite a while ago!)
- To stand on the top of Mt LeConte again. (I did that Thursday, 9/29/2016!)

Many, many thanks to the two of you and all the Pat Neal family for what you did for me. I'm proud to say that my recovery is complete!

I wish I could help both of you tell your patients to never give up on their recovery. It takes hard work but it can be done."

Eternally gratefully yours,
Sam Owens

We are so proud of you, Sam!
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Knoxville Area Brain Injury Support Group shows off their art after a class at Patricia Neal Rehab Center through an Arts Initiative Grant from the East TN Foundation. The instructor and helpers are from Fine Arts Blount Youthful Expressions Studio. Youthful Expressions Studio ... See MoreSee Less

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