Our inpatient rehabilitation program

TriStar Skyline Medical Center’s comprehensive inpatient acute rehabilitation program has been delivering state-of-the-art rehabilitation services to patients across Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky within our 41-bed unit since 2003. Patients recovering from a stroke, brain injury, neurological conditions, trauma, spinal cord injury, amputation, orthopedic injury, and other injuries and illnesses are cared for by a multidisciplinary team that work together to help patients regain independence and return to their day-to-day activities.

Our rehabilitation unit is accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) as an Adult Inpatient Rehabilitation Program and Adult Inpatient Stroke Specialty Program. We are also recognized by The Joint Commission as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center, granting our patients access to highly trained stroke specialists and the very latest technologies.

Our rehabilitation service features

Our team delivers compassionate physical therapy and rehabilitation services in a supportive environment, including:

  • 24-hour medical, rehabilitation nursing care and emergency carein a hospital setting
  • A team of highly skilled physical, speech and occupational therapists
  • Board-certified physical medicine director with expertise in stroke rehabilitation and rehabilitation physicians
  • Caregiver/family education and training
  • Free patient assessment
  • Home evaluations
  • Neuropsychology services
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians
  • Physical therapy
  • Psychiatry care provided in both inpatient and outpatient settings
  • Rehabilitation for chronic and acute conditions
  • Speech therapy

We have the right experts for you and your goals

We’ll care for you like family. We celebrate the progress you have already made and we are ready to help you with the next improvements of your rehabilitation journey. Our team of experts include:

  • Case managers and social workers
  • Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurses and LPNs
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Orthotic consultants
  • Social services
  • Specialized physical, occupational, and speech therapists
  • Spiritual counseling

Advanced state-of-the-art technology

Our state-of-the-art equipment includes:

  • Bioness hand and foot drop system
  • Car Transfer Simulator with adjustable height
  • Computer, iPad and other electronic devices
  • Progressive resistance strengthening
  • State-of-the-art functional neuromuscular electrical stimulation
  • SAEBO mobile arm support
  • Upper extremity rehabilitation workstation
  • Vision Coach to enhance visual function
  • Wii FitTM therapy

Personalized programming built for you

Our programming is personalized for you and the people who love you most. Our offerings include:

  • Diners Club for management of swallowing difficulties and implementation of adaptive eating equipment
  • Equipment and education for life at home
  • Family/caregiver training
  • Intense one-on-one therapy provided by physical, occupational and speech therapists
  • Located in the hospital for quick access to medical care if needed
  • Psychological support
  • Stroke prevention education
  • Stroke support group
  • Vocational, family, financial and intimacy counseling

Specialty Young Stroke Services

Our Young Stroke Rehab Program

Having a stroke at a young age poses an array of unique challenges. You want your active lifestyle back. It is our goal to help you get there. It is why we have designed a highly specialized rehab program to help you meet your specific recovery goals. Rehabilitation does not reverse the brain damage caused by a stroke, but it can go far to help achieve the best possible outcome for long-term recovery. The Young Stroke Program is designed to address the demands of young stroke survivors. Every day, we will be doing our best to get you back to doing the things you love most.

Why people choose our program

We specialize in a rehab program based on what research shows is best for young stroke patients like you. Data shows that there are many benefits to our program including:

  • 53 is average age of young stroke patients
  • 16 days is average length of stay
  • 85 percent of patients returned to home
  • 90 percent of patients recommend our facility
  • Tailored Clinical Pathway for our Young Stroke Program
  • Therapy treatment designed to reintroduce use of technology into your day to day living

*This data based on the Uniform Data System for Medical Rehab and the Press Ganey 2019 annual report.

Why the Young Stroke Program could be right for you

Here are some of the amenities we provide to ensure make you feel at home during your visit:

  • Family and Caregiver training. We consider the primary caregivers an important part of the rehabilitation team. Providing training throughout your stay is an important part of the recovery process.
  • Personal, private rooms available
  • Therapy treatment designed to reintroduce use of technology into your daily living
  • Therapy sessions in real-life settings such as a simulated kitchen, bedroom, bath, laundry and various outdoor training environments
  • Wi-Fi guest access

Visiting hours are from 6:00am to 8:00pm, seven days a week. Please keep in mind that our patients are periodically in and out of their rooms throughout the day, particularly while receiving therapies and at meal times.

We are here to answer your questions. Give us a call at (615) 769-7300 for more information.

Our Location

We are located at the following address:

3441 Dickerson Pike
Nashville, TN 37207


TriStar Skyline Rehabilitation welcomes referrals from physicians, case managers, social workers, family members, insurance representatives, skilled nursing settings, surgery centers, long-term care facilities, and from patients currently residing at home. Usually the referral process is initiated by a written order from the patient’s attending physician while they are hospitalized.

For more information about making a referral or the admission process call: (615) 769-7338 or (615) 769-7300.

Scope of Services

The TriStar Skyline Rehabilitation Unit is an accredited comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation program that is equipped to care for patients with a wide variety of conditions including:

  • Amputation
  • Burn
  • Brain Injury (traumatic and/or non-traumatic)
  • Cardiac
  • Debility
  • Medically complex conditions
  • Neurological disorders (MS, Parkinson's, polyneuropathy)
  • Orthopedic injuries
  • Pulmonary conditions
  • Spinal cord injury
    • Etiology: Traumatic and non-traumatic
    • Levels: Patients will be considered with C4 and below and able to breath without vent support
    • Completeness of spinal cord dysfunction: Complete & Incomplete
  • Stroke
  • Trauma

TriStar Skyline Rehabilitation does not treat patients who require ventilator assistance. A determination is made by the admitting physician and admissions intake personnel, on a case-by-case basis, to determine whether a patient's primary injury, illness and medical conditions are appropriate for admission.


TriStar Skyline Rehabilitation Unit is a 41-bed inpatient unit located on the third floor of TriStar Skyline Medical Center. There are 21 private and 20 semi-private beds, and each room includes an in-suite bathroom to meet all needs for the patient’s overnight stay. We have two gym spaces, one on the third floor and a second on the ground floor, to accommodate the patient’s rehabilitation needs.

Hours of services

Physicians and nursing services are available and provided 24/7. Physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology services are available seven days per week between the hours of 7:00am and 6:00pm. Case managers, nutrition specialists/dietitians, and chaplains are regularly available throughout the patients stay. Physician specialists are available as recommended by your attending physician.

Other supplementary medial services available 24/7 include, but are not limited to, respiratory therapy, radiology, laboratory and emergency Services.

Frequency of services

The frequency of any and all of the services listed above is dependent upon the individual needs of each patient. At a minimum, patients will be seen by their attending physician three days per week, by physical, occupational, and/or speech therapy six days per week, and by nursing daily. Other services are utilized on a time frame specified by the attending physician or as needs arise.

Payer sources and fees

TriStar Skyline Rehabilitation participates in many insurance plans including, but not limited to Medicare, Medicaid, AARP, Aetna, Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana, Health Springs, United Healthcare, Secure Horizons, TriCare, Veterans Administration, Workman Compensation and many out-of-state insurance plans. If your specific insurance plan is not listed, please contact our admissions department and they will confirm eligibility.

Fees, deductibles, and out-of-pocket maximums differ for every patient, depending on specific insurance plans and program services provided, and amounts already applied to out-of-pocket costs in the current calendar year. For an estimate, please contact your insurance provider.

Services offered

TriStar Skyline Medical Center employs a variety of healthcare professionals to meet the individual needs of each patient. Services provided directly, by contract or by referral include, but are not limited to:

  • Case manager/social work
  • Chaplaincy/volunteer services
  • Chemo/radiation therapy
  • Dietary services
  • Driver rehabilitation
  • Home evaluation
  • Laboratory
  • Medical consults (if necessary)
  • Neuropsychology/ psychology
  • Nutrition services
  • Occupational therapy
  • Orthotics & prosthetics
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical therapy
  • Radiology & imaging
  • Rehabilitation medicine
  • Rehabilitation nursing
  • Renal dialysis
  • Respiratory services
  • Speech language pathology
  • Visual assessment
  • Wheelchair positioning
  • Wound care

Intensity of services

Patients being cared for at the TriStar Skyline rehabilitation unit participate in at least three hours of therapy per day, five days per week. On average, our patients participate in three to four hours of therapy each day Monday through Friday and a lesser amount of therapy on Saturday and Sunday. In certain well-documented cases, this intensive rehab therapy program might instead consist of at least 15 hours within a seven consecutive day period.

Admission criteria

Choosing the right inpatient rehabilitation facility is an important first step toward recovery. The admission process begins with a referral to the office of our Admissions Office at (615) 769-7338, where one of our rehabilitation specialists will begin free evaluation to determine medical stability and appropriateness for admission. Our admission office will work with the referral source, insurance company, the physician and discharge planner to coordinate your admission to our facility.

  • Patient must have an approved rehab diagnosis as determined and accepted by the admitting physician of the rehab unit.
  • Patient must require the specialized care of a physician
  • Patient must be medically stable and have functional deficits or needs that can be addressed through rehabilitation
  • Patient must be able to tolerate three hours per day for five days a week, or 15 hours of therapy over a seven-day period
  • Patient must require the combination services of at least two skilled therapies (physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology)
  • Patient must have potential to participate and benefit from therapies
  • Patient must show the desire to participate in therapy services
  • Patient must show the ability to make measurable improvement / functional gains during their stay within a reasonable time frame.
  • Patient must have an appropriate post-rehabilitation discharge plan
  • Patients under 18 may be referred, and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis

Discharge criteria

Patients will be discharged from inpatient rehabilitation when one or more of the following criteria are met:

  • Treatment goals are met
  • The patient is not making measurable progress toward established goals in a time noted by the interdisciplinary team
  • The patient has reached their maximum level of function and is no longer making measurable progress
  • There is evident of sufficient recovery and further treatment needs can be met in a less intensive level of care
  • The patient cannot actively participate in 3 hours of therapy treatment daily or 15 hours of therapy weekly.
  • The patient has a medical condition, or treatment for a medical condition excluded them from full participation in the program
  • A presence of behavioral, psychological, or other problems resulting in the patient’s inability to fully participate in program
  • Patients is unwilling to fully participate in the program

Stroke rehabilitation

The Stroke Rehabilitation Program at TriStar Skyline Rehabilitation helps individuals recover and regain function from the physical and psychological effects following a stroke. Through intensive therapy, our team is committed to providing each patient with the highest level of expertise available and the most complete and optimal recovery possible.

TriStar Skyline is proud to be a Stroke Specialty CARF accredited facility. Our specialty-trained stroke rehabilitation physicians work alongside our rehabilitation team to prove the highest level of care, tailored to each individual patient.

Our stroke rehabilitation program includes physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, recreational therapy and specialized treatments, such as swallowing therapy. Our certified rehabilitation nurses and therapists have advanced training to help you or your loved one recover from a stroke.

Recognizing and preventing stroke

Warning signs

Use the BE FAST test to remember signs of a stroke

  • B = Balance Is the person uncoordinated and having difficulty walking?
  • E = EyesAsk the person if they have double or blurred vision.
  • F = FaceAsk the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
  • A = ArmsAsk the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • S = SpeechAsk the person to repeat a simple sentence. Does it sound strange or slurred?
  • T = TimeIf you observe any of these signs, call 911 immediately

Stroke prevention guidelines

  • Know your blood pressure – High blood pressure is a major stroke risk if left untreated
  • Identify atrial fibrillation (Afib) – an abnormal heartbeat that increases stroke risk by 500%
  • Stop smoking – smoking doubles your risk of stroke
  • Control alcohol use – alcohol has been linked to stroke in many studies
  • Know cholesterol levels – High cholesterol can clog arteries and cause a stroke
  • Control diabetes
  • Manage exercise and diet
  • Treat circulation problems – blocked arteries can lead to a stroke
  • Act FAST

Source: Unifor System 2020 Metrics Report

73.63% of stroke admissions meet or exceded Expected Functional Gains.

National average for stroke cases meeting or exceding expected functional gains for 2020 was 62%.

Source: Unifor System 2020 Metrics Report

Support groups

Stroke support group

  • Meetings take place 2:00pm - 3:00pm the first Monday of each month.
    Note: If the first Monday of the month is a holiday,
    we’ll meet on the second Monday of that month.
  • Location: Auditorium A (Ground Floor) TriStar Skyline Medical Center
  • 3441 Dickerson Pike, Nashville, TN 37207


In addition to providing rehabilitation care for inpatients and stroke patients, we also provide rehabilitation services on an outpatient basis. Services provided in our outpatient rehab program include:

  • Biodex technology for ambulation
  • Bioness technology for foot drop
  • Certified ergonomic specialist
  • Certified lymphedema therapy
  • Certified voice therapist
  • Functional capacity evaluation (FCE)
  • Hand therapy clinic
  • Occupational health
  • Occupational therapy
  • Oncology rehab
  • Physical therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Vestibular rehab
  • Wheelchair evaluations

For referrals to our outpatient rehabilitation program, please call (615) 769-7870 or fax us at (615) 769-7873.

Physical therapy and rehabilitation at TriStar Health

Rehabilitation refers to the process of helping a patient recover from a serious injury or illness. Patients often have to regain strength and learn new ways of completing normal, daily activities. Physical therapy, a branch of rehabilitation, focuses on building strength and mobility after disease, injury or surgery.

Learn about Physical therapy and rehabilitation