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Transitional Care Unit

After a hospital procedure, some patients need extended physical or occupational therapy or skilled nursing care. The Transitional Care Unit (TCU) at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center helps make their shift from hospital to home as easy as possible.

A short-term facility, the Transitional Care Unit is located on the 9th Floor of the hospital and has a registered nurse on duty around the clock. Skilled caregivers also include licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants, case managers, therapists and activities coordinators.

Who qualifies for transitional care

Our clients are not hospital patients. However, they must have been in the hospital for at least three days before coming to the Transitional Care Unit. They also need a diagnosis requiring physical or occupational therapy or skilled nursing.

The majority of patients stay in the TCU 14 to 20 days at most. Usually they have had orthopedic procedures such as hip or knee replacements and can benefit from our Therapy Department and access to doctors at the hospital, if needed.

By staying in Transitional Care, they can save the time and expense of a longer inpatient hospital stay. They also may not need to go to a nursing home before returning to their residence.

NOTE: The Joint Commission accreditation excludes skilled nursing and nursing home services.

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.