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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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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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Jason Altman of the Knoxville Track Club presents to Patricia Neal Rehab Center (PNRC) a check for $5,500 to support the
Innovative Recreation Cooperative program.

The IRC is an education and awareness program to help develop life skills for individuals with disabilities through adaptive sports in the community. The IRC is known nationally for its success in helping individuals reach their potentials and adjust to life after traumatic events such as stroke, brain and spinal injury, neurological disorders, and severe orthopedic injuries such as limb loss. In an average year the IRC program works with over 3,000 participants, family members, and volunteers to help to rebuild lives. For more information on the IRC go to: www.patneal.org/irc
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Patricia Neal Rehab Center (PNRC) participated in the Dollywood's Splash Country Water Safety event on Friday, June 24th. PNRC's booth focused upon brain and spinal injury prevention for all ages as we well as water safety through the IRC program. ... See MoreSee Less

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Leslie Irwin and Al Kaye receive funding from Rick Fox and Jan Elston, representing the Arts Fund of the East Tennessee Foundation, in support of the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center’s (PNRC) Healing Arts Initiative. The program at PNRC promotes the therapeutic value and appreciation of the arts for PNRC patients as well as alumni through PNRC’s support group networks.

The grant is matched by funds donated to PNRC through Fort Sanders Foundation. Thank you to our many generous donors and to the Arts Fund of the East Tennessee Foundation for its support of Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center!
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Forty year old Knoxville teacher, Stephanie Blackstock, suffered a stroke in January. Patricia Neal Rehab is allowing her to get back in the classroom this August. Watch her story here: ... See MoreSee Less

Stephanie Blackstock had a stroke at the age of 40. Her husband, a paramedic, insisted she was brought to Fort Sanders Regional. "There was no question where we were going to go. In East Tennessee, ...

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Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center News

PNRC Spreads Brain Injury Awareness with Community Service Project

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One brain injury occurs  every 15 seconds and it is the leading cause of death in the United States...

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Covenant Health Named to Forbes List of ‘America’s Best Employers’

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Covenant Health was among only 44 hospitals and health systems in the U.S. to make the lists of “America’s...

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Soccer mom, teacher, and stroke survivor

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School teacher Stephanie Blackstock remembers staring out at the world from inside a body that was rendered helpless. She...

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Nurse Residency Program Prepares New Graduates for Success

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Covenant Health is pleased to announce the implementation of a nurse residency program that will support newly graduated nurses.

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Covenant Health Announces Leadership Appointments

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Covenant Health, the major health system headquartered in Knoxville and the region’s largest employer, has announced internal leadership appointments.

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McKinley and VanderSteeg Recognized by THA at 77th Annual Meeting

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VanderSteeg and McKinley were among 26 individuals honored during the THA event in which awards were presented in 14...

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Covenant Health Announces Leadership Succession Plan

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Covenant Health, the major health system headquartered in Knoxville and the region’s largest employer, has announced plans for a...

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Five-Star Rehabilitation, #1 in the Nation

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Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center recently became a five-time recipient of the Crystal Award for outstanding patient satisfaction.

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