Encompass, Covenant open new hospital

Birmingham, Ala.-based Encompass Health and Knoxville, Tenn.-based Covenant Health are opening a new 51-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Knoxville. 

The hospital will serve patients recovering from debilitating illnesses, strokes, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations and complex orthopedic conditions. 

The hospital will be named the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Hospital West, after actor and Knoxville native Patricia Neal, who survived three strokes, according to a March 9 Encompass news release.

As part of the joint venture, Covenant and Encompass renovated a different Knoxville inpatient hospital to become a 22-bed facility now named Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Hospital Fort Sanders.

"The addition of this new hospital will allow even more individuals in the Knoxville area and beyond to receive specialized care close to home," Jennifer Steely, CEO of both Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Hospital locations, said in the release. "Every detail was created with our patients in mind. The one-story building design helps with accessibility of getting patients to different treatment and non-treatment areas within the hospital, and our freestanding hospital allows for easier transfers from other facilities and more convenient access for families and visitors."

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