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Peninsula, a division of Parkwest Medical Center, has set a new standard for effective, innovative and caring mental health services in East Tennessee. With a combined total of more than 75 years of experience, Peninsula organizations have helped thousands of people recover from disorders and dependencies, and lead healthy, positive and productive lives.

The area's leading mental healthcare providers came together in 1996 to provide cost-effective and high-quality care to children, adolescents and adults. This consolidation increased access to care, enhanced quality, and improved efficiency. A leader in the changing healthcare environment, Peninsula is truly committed to improving the health of the people and communities it serves.

Peninsula is more than just buildings. We are people with a strong commitment to caring, quality programs and service. Peninsula is dedicated to maintaining a high level of professionalism for employees by offering ongoing training and educational opportunities.

Our approach to effective treatment includes multi-disciplinary treatment teams.  These teams- composed of psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, activities therapists and other mental health professionals -develop treatment and discharge plans to meet the needs of our patients. Information sharing and interaction among all departments assure our treatment guidelines reflect each patient's individuality. By bringing clinical and medical resources together, we develop successful pathways to recovery for each patient.

In addition to inpatient and outpatient programs, Peninsula offers services to support successful recoveries by patients and their families. Aftercare services, crisis intervention and supportive housing and employment programs help people maintain healthy lifestyles and improve their quality of life. Our goal is to help the individual achieve and maintain a higher level of functional independence at home, school, work, and leisure.

Because we are a community-owned, not-for-profit organization, Peninsula's primary concern is the well-being of our patients and our community.

Peninsula Directory of Services

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Peninsula Hospital

Peninsula Hospital is a 155-bed facility providing inpatient mental health services for adults, adolescents and children.

Peninsula Outpatient Centers 

Peninsula Outpatient Centers are located in several East Tennessee Counties and offer a number of outpatient mental health and alcohol/drug programs.

Parkwest Puts the Focus on Delirium Prevention and Treatment
Parkwest Medical Center recently set up a “Delirium Team,” an interdisciplinary group of managers and administrators who are working together to prevent and treat delirium across the hospital. Read More

Community-based Mental Healthcare's Impact on Knoxville
In November 2011, Peninsula, a division of Parkwest, faced an unprecedented challenge: Lakeshore, a state-funded mental health institute, would be closing its doors for good, and the majority of patients would funnel into Peninsula Hospital. The closing was a strategic move by the state Department of Mental Health to follow the national trend in moving toward community-based care and away from state-funded care. Read More

Peninsula Patient Manages Stress with Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Kelli Gorghis, 34, traveled an emotionally bumpy road for much of her life. Childhood experiences and abuses during her growing-up years resulted in a diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and she was also diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She became dependent on alcohol to help her cope with her emotions, which were often out of control. Read More

Picky Patient Prefers Parkwest for Emergency Care
Every year about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 525,000 are a first heart attack. However 190,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack – just like Dan DeGrio of Knoxville. Read More

"We provide care like we would expect for our own family members."
Patients at the Emergency Care Center at Parkwest Medical Center have consistently rated their experience high on satisfaction surveys. Parkwest Emergency Care Center has earned a 5-star rating in national patient satisfaction scores every year since 2004, an honor only 10 percent of hospitals nationwide can claim. Read More

‘Time is Tissue’ when having a heart attack, says emergency doctor
Parkwest Medical Center has been named a Top 100 Heart Hospital eight times, in part because of its swift and efficient emergency care for all potential heart attack patients. Read More

Parkwest Imaging Offers Patients ACR-Recognized ‘Gold Standard’ Services
Parkwest Imaging Department Features Experienced Staff with Advanced Clinical Registries and Top-of-the-Line Diagnostic Equipment. Read More

Now a 'picture of health'
Kathy Evans credits Parkwest Imaging Scan for Revealing Important Diagnosis. Today she is grateful to have made a full recovery and is a “picture of health,” thanks to the care and treatment she received at Parkwest Medical Center. Read More

TAVR: Year of changing lives at Parkwest
In the year since, Parkwest’s multi-disciplinary TAVR team of cardiothoracic surgeons Stouffer and Dr. Thomas Pollard, interventional cardiologists Drs. Mike Ayres and Nicholaos Xenopoulos, and cardiac anesthesiologist Dr. Lee Collins offered hope to 54 more men and women who had run out of options and out of time. Read More

Peninsula's WRAP offers hope
WRAP's goal is to get mental health consumers to a point where they can have meaningful lives with fulfilling work and satisfying relationships. That leads to making a positive contribution to society. Put it all together and even a person who once was in the depths of despair can find the way back to a happier, healthier life. Read More

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Peninsula Service Area
Peninsula Service Area
Peninsula has facilities located in four counties, conveniently serving the East Tennessee region.

Peninsula is
a division of:

Parkwest Medical Center


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