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2013 Community Health Needs Assessment – Knox County

The Community Health Needs Assessment provides a roadmap to help communities reach their destination of a healthier place to call home. Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center is hopeful that the Together! Healthy Knox initiative will be a catalyst for meaningful collaboration and action as we address some of the most important health improvement opportunities facing Knox County.

The Affordable Care Act requires not-for-profit hospitals to conduct a needs assessment every three years and to create an Implementation Plan to address the significant findings.  This effort will assist us in “connecting the dots” between Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center’s resources and the needs of the community, identifying additional resources, and engaging with our community partners in initiatives that benefit Knox County residents.

Our Assessment Partners

This process could not have been done without the leadership of the Knox County Health Department and the Together! Healthy Knox Leadership Team. Their expertise, use of the MAPP process, meeting facilitation and guidance ultimately resulted in the most comprehensive health assessment process ever undertaken in Knox County. We deeply appreciate their commitment to the assessment process and we are happy to be included as a partner.

BikeWalk TN
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley
Butler, Vines and Babb, PLLC
Cherokee Health Systems
Child and Family Tennessee
City Council
City of Knoxville Community Development
City of Knoxville Disability Resources
City of Knoxville Fire Department
City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation
City of Knoxville Public Services
City of Knoxville Purchasing
Community Action Committee Office on Aging
Covenant Health
East Tennessee Children’s Hospital
East Tennessee Green Building Council
Emerald Youth Foundation
FAITH Coalition
Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center
Greene & Associates
Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities
Helen Ross McNabb Center
Heska Amuna Synagogue
Highlands Health Management, Inc.
HoLa Hora Latina
Home Federal Bank
Interfaith Health Clinic
KDL Pathology
Keep Knoxville Beautiful
Knox Area Project Access
Knox Area Rescue Ministries
Knox Area Urban League
Knox County Government
Knox County Health Department
Knox County Parks and Recreation
Knox County School Board
Knox County Schools Coordinated School Health
Knoxville Academy of Medicine


Knoxville Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Knoxville Area Coalition on Childhood Obesity
Knoxville Area Transit
Knoxville Chamber
Knoxville Police Department
Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization
Knoxville Track Club
Knoxville/Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission
Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation
League of Women Voters Knoxville-Knox County
Legacy Parks Foundation
Legal Aid of East Tennessee
MEDIC Regional Blood Center
Mental Health Association of East Tennessee
Metropolitan Drug Commission
Park & Leisure Services, Town of Farragut
Parkwest Medical Center
Pellissippi State Community College
South College School of Pharmacy
Summit Medical Group
Tennessee Clean Water Network
Tennova Healthcare
United Way of Greater Knoxville
United Healthcare Community Plan
University Health System
University of Tennessee Center for Public Health
University of Tennessee College of Law
University of Tennessee College of Nursing
University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
University of Tennessee Medical Center
University of Tennessee Nutrition Department
University of Tennessee Psychology Department
Wellness Roundtable
YMCA of East Tennessee

Patient Stories

  • Back in the Saddle

    After spine surgery at Fort Sanders Regional, Michelle Rose is finally free from the suffering that held her back for so long.

  • Going Beyond the Limit

    Tammy Brooks arrived by helicopter at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center at least 24 hours – maybe even several days – after suffering an acute ischemic stroke.

  • WATE-TV: East Tennessee man survives one of the deadliest types of stroke

    A local man survived the type of stroke that normally kills 80 percent of its victims. He’s doing so well, he just moved to Europe and is enjoying life to its fullest. It’s been three and a half years since Ken Harrawood suffered a stroke. It hit while he was driving to Y-12 for his first day of work with Bechtel. He now lives in Manchester, England.

  • WATE-TV: Technician who works with stroke patients becomes one himself

    Adam Hill gets the tools in place for the next life-saving surgery in the interventional radiology lab at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. As lead tech, Hill knows this place like the back of his hand. He never dreamed he’d be a patient receiving treatment here, suffering from a ruptured aneurysm, like so many patients he’s helped treat.

  • Fast Action Makes a Difference for Stroke Patient

    Since recovering from a stroke, Paul DeWitt appreciates simple pleasures that are easily taken for granted. He grasps a cup of coffee. He smiles and laughs. He even appreciates the ability to whistle.

  • Doctors Use Tiny Vacuum To Help Stroke Patients

    Jane Coleman heard her husband make an odd noise, “almost like hiccups but not exactly,” but when she turned to look at him, she knew immediately what was happening: He was having a stroke.