Nursing Excellence: Brain & Spine Institute

Comprehensive Stroke Center

 Experiencing a stroke is a life changing event. Immediate and appropriate treatment initially is a critical component of recovery.  The University of Tennessee Medical Center Stroke Team is committed to providing evidence-based care to East Tennesseans experiencing ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.

The medical center’s certified Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center has been recognized as an American Stroke Association/American Heart Association Performance Achievement Award winner annually since 2008. The Stroke Center has been awarded the ASA’s highest level of recognition annually since 2012, demonstrating an ongoing commitment to quality improvement initiatives related to stroke patient care.

The Stroke Team at The University of Tennessee Medical Center is a multidisciplinary team, with representation from all disciplines and departments that span the continuum of stroke patient care. Nursing plays a pivotal role in the treatment of stroke–from the prehospital setting to rehabilitation. The Stroke Center team places a high priority on professional development for neuroscience nurses. Cerebrovascular focused continuing nursing education is offered in various formats. Staff nurses participate in facility and community education events directed at increasing awareness regarding stroke prevention, recovery, and recognition. Nurses have the opportunity to participate in quality improvement initiatives directed at improving outcomes for stroke patients.

Staff, as well as our patients and their families, benefit from the multidisciplinary team approach.  EMS professionals, pharmacists, radiologic technicians, laboratory staff, pastoral care, rehabilitation professionals, advanced practice nurses, and physicians work together with nurses to provide excellent care to this challenging group of patients. Weekly case reviews provide the opportunity to continuously evaluate our process. Feedback is provided weekly to all team members for each Code Stroke experience.

Cerebrovascular nursing is a challenging and rewarding specialty. There are opportunities throughout the University of Tennessee Medical Center to provide care to patients experiencing ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke, including the Emergency Department, Neuro Critical Care, Neuro-Interventional, Radiology, 7 South Neuro/Stroke, 6 South Neuro/Spine.

Contact Us

Comprehensive Stroke Center
UT Medical Center
1924 Alcoa Highway
Knoxville, TN 37920


Nursing Excellence at the Medical Center

Brain & Spine Institute

The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Stroke Team is committed to providing evidence-based care to East Tennesseans experiencing ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke.

Cancer Institute

As the largest provider of cancer care in the region, the Cancer Institute offers the broadest spectrum of cancer specialists and services to care for the adult population.

Clinical Services

Endoscopy services include diagnostic and therapeutic gastrointestinal and pulmonary procedures.

Emergency & Trauma

The University of Tennessee Medical Center Emergency Department is the tertiary referral center for medical care in the East Tennessee region. It is the area’s only designated Level I Trauma Center for adults and pediatrics. 

Heart Lung Vascular Institute

The University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab is a multidisciplinary department providing cardiac services for inpatient and outpatient adult populations. 

Medical Surgical

General Surgery and Gastroenterology is a 30-bed acute care telemetry unit within the medical-surgical service line. 

Orthopaedic Institute

The Orthopaedic Institute and University Orthopaedic Surgeons are dedicated to providing quality, safe, and patient centered care through a comprehensive range of orthopaedic services.

Other Areas

The Ambulatory Infusion Center is designed to provide a quick and comfortable setting for patients needing IV therapy.


The Pre-Anesthesia Testing Unit is for patients having surgery or other interventional procedures requiring anesthesia. 

Women & Infants

The 4 East Antepartum / Gynecology Unit is a private 23 bed unit dedicated to Women’s Health.