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Neuroscience Center of Excellence

Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center is a regional referral center for patients with the most complex neurological and neurosurgical conditions.. We treat a number of conditions impacting a person’s nerves and nervous system, including:

Cutting Edge Procedures

Gamma Knife: An Alternative to Traditional Brain Surgery

Imagine brain surgery with a knife that doesn’t actually cut. The Fort Sanders Regional Gamma Knife Center features the newest and most-advanced Leksell Gamma Knife Perfexion® unit, a non-invasive stereotactic radiosurgery procedure used to treat brain tumors and other neurological disorders. Gamma Knife uses diagnostic imaging and three-dimensional treatment planning software to deliver targeted beams of gamma radiation to affected areas inside the brain. The beams converge, destroying cancer cells, while minimizing the damage of healthy brain tissue.

Gamma Knife treatment is typically performed in one, outpatient appointment, with minimal side effects as compared to traditional brain surgery.

Learn more about what conditions can be treated by Gamma Knife and how the procedure is performed here.

Minimally Invasive Spine Procedures

At Fort Sanders Regional, we use the most advanced techniques available for spinal surgery. Our minimally invasive spine procedures lead to less pain, shorter hospital stays, and a quicker recovery.

Our minimally invasive spine center performs more than 300 elective surgeries each year. Of those patients, 93% go directly home after one night in the hospital, rather than being transferred to a rehabilitation hospital or nursing facility for recuperation.

Learn more about spinal injuries and diseases and procedures performed at Fort Sanders Regional here.

Nationally Recognized Stroke Care

The Region’s Only Comprehensive Stroke and Rehabilitation Program

Fort Sanders Regional is the region’s only comprehensive stroke and rehabilitation program, recognized by The Joint Commission, the American Heart Association, and the American Stroke Association.

Fort Sanders Regional’s emergency department is the hub of the region’s only tele-stroke robot program, allowing physicians across the Covenant Health network to collaborate to deliver advanced diagnostics and treatment to halt the devastating effects of stroke.

Our physicians are on the cutting edge of stroke medicine, performing clinical trials and procedures not available anywhere else in East Tennessee. Click here to meet our stroke team.  And only Fort Sanders Regional is home to the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center (PRNC), East Tennessee’s elite rehabilitation hospital for stroke, spinal cord and brain injury patients. PRNC is our region’s only stroke rehabilitation center accredited by CARF, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

Learn more about Fort Sanders Regional’s unparalleled stroke program, stroke symptoms and treatment options here.



Patient Stories

  • Strength for Today, Hope for Tomorrow

    Fort Sanders Regional stroke patient receives innovative treatment that restores quality of life Strength and determination are hallmarks of Elaine Lenhart’s character, but those traits were almost her downfall when she experienced a stroke in February 2022. Back to her busy life after treatment at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, she shares her story in […]

  • Living the Good Life

    After a series of strokes in May of 2019, Danny Stines has added Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center to his list of things to be thankful for.

  • An Unexpected Detour

    When truck driver Dave Foster took a new job, he didn’t expect to receive life-saving stroke treatment at Fort Sanders Regional. Now, he’s back home and feeling blessed.

  • When Stroke Happens, Know Where to Go

    May is Stroke Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness about stroke or “brain attack.” A stroke occurs when the blood flow to an area of the brain is interrupted. This interruption kills brain cells in the immediate area and sets off a chain reaction that endangers a larger area of brain cells. When brain […]

  • All Things are Possible

    Angelia Johnson thanks Patricia Neal Rehab Center and God for her recovery after suffering a traumatic brain injury and a stroke.

  • Facts About Gamma Knife

    Take a closer look at Gamma Knife® technology. a life-saving treatment option for a variety of patients, at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center.