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.