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Fort Sanders Foundation

Fort Sanders FoundationFormal philanthropic support of what was then known as Fort Sanders Presbyterian Hospital began in 1954. With the increase in charitable contributions, the Fort Sanders Foundation was established and charged with garnering support for the healthcare programs and services offered by Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, with the first major initiative being the creation and construction of Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center. That charge has grown to include programs and services offered by our extended Covenant Health family, such as: Governed by a volunteer board of directors, which is comprised of community and corporate leaders and physicians, the Foundation performs many key functions necessary to its continued success:
  • Soliciting monetary and in-kind contributions from individuals, corporations, and other foundations
  • Managing the investment of charitable donations
  • Acknowledging and cultivating donors
  • Organizing special events to support various funds and programs
  • Applying for grants from other foundations and/or corporations
  • Approving requests and distributing funds for health system programs and departments
  • Educating the community about the Foundation and Covenant Health facilities and programs
Fort Sanders Foundation
280 Fort Sanders West Blvd., Suite 202
Knoxville, TN 37922
(865) 531-5210
Monday, March 04, 2013 - Time to Get Moving!

Whether it is before, after or in lieu of surgery, physical therapy plays an important role in getting spine patients to the point of pain free mobility.  But that timing depends on the patient and his or her diagnosis. According to Stephen Karp, manager of the Fort Sanders Therapy Center, the majority of people don’t require a surgical intervention. “Most of the time people have ‘tweaked’ something in their back muscles. That’s when we see folks - when their back pain begins,” says Karp. “We introduce them to exercises designed to increase their flexibility and mobility, and many times that relieves their back pain.”

For patients who have had surgery; however, the issues – and recovery – are different. Surgery is used to fix a structural issue, not a muscle problem.  So, getting patients back up and mobile is the main priority. Covenant Therapy Centers work with neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons to develop an individualized treatment plan for each patient.

“Everyone wants to move pain free, and that is our goal,” adds Karp.

For more information on physical therapy for back pain, please call Covenant Therapy Centers at (865) 541-1300.


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100 Fort Sanders West Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37922
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