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Dear Patients, Residents and Families
COVID-19 Second Booster Dose
The CDC recently released a recommendation for a second COVID-19 booster dose for certain persons. Specifically, a second mRNA booster dose could benefit people ages 50 years and older, as they are at increased risk for severe COVID-19. People ages 50 years and older may choose to receive a second booster dose, if it has been at least 4 months after the first booster. We recommend that appropriate residents receive their second booster dose. The COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna) are available. Please let your physician or nurse know right away if you or your loved one would like to receive the second booster.
Willow Ridge Center is a skilled nursing facility offering post-hospital, short-term rehabilitation as well as long-term and respite care. We accept Medicare, Medicaid, and most private insurances. Our staff is dedicated to serving the medical and rehabilitation needs of individuals recovering from illness or injury. Willow Ridge Center is an AHCA Bronze Quality Award Winner!
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- ShortStay care
- LongTerm care
- Respite care
- Palliative care
- Rehabilitation therapy
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation - including joint replacement, injuries and amputation
- Attending Physicians
- Registered Nurses
- IV Therapy
- Dementia care
- Dental care
- Personal care
- Pet therapy
- Podiatry care
- Psychiatric services
- Vision care
- Wound care
- Hospice care
- Pain management
- Case management
- Dietary and nutrition needs management
- Discharge planning
- Individual treatment plans
- Medication management
- Coordinated transportation
- Cultural, educational, religious and social activities
- Recreation activities
- Private and Semi-Private Rooms
- Fully air conditioned
- Beautiful Garden(s) / Courtyard(s)
- Conveniently Located
- Scenic views
- Beauty Salon / Barber Services
- Cable Television
- Dining Room
- Alarm system to aid in the security of residents with cognitive deficits
- Complimentary laundry facility on-site
Thomas "Kevin" BrownAdministrator
Kevin began his career in 1998 as a Physical Therapist Assistant working 18 years in Nursing Homes and Home Health. During his time as a Physical Therapist Assistant, he received a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration and became a Nursing Home Administrator in 2016. He is an East Tennessee native and lived in the area all his life. He married his high school sweetheart and has been married for 21 years with two boys and one girl. His children are involved in college and high school band so they are spending most of their time with band activities. He would love to meet you so feel free to stop by anytime here at Willow Ridge.
Dr. Tamara DavisMedical Director
Dr. Davis has called Tennessee home since 2001. She did her Family Medicine Residency at University of Tennessee Family Medicine Residency Program in Knoxville, TN. She completed a Geriatric Fellowship with University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine in Knoxville, TN. She has worked in Primary Care as well as Urgent Care. She started working in Post Acute Care / Skilled rehabilitation in 2021. She spends her free time with her younger sister and her father.
Briana ViensNurse Practitioner
Briana has worked for Genesis Physician Services since June 2016. She started her career in healthcare in 2009 after obtaining her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from West Chester University. As a nurse she worked in the emergency room for 7 years. Briana obtained her Master’s of Science in Nursing from Rutgers University in NJ. As a nurse practitioner she has worked in the urgent care setting as well as in the Post Acute and Long Term Care field. Briana’s role at Willow Ridge includes providing primary and urgent care services to nursing center residents in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team. Briana is passionate about giving the best care to her patients and ensuring that they have a wonderful quality of life. She is currently pursuing certification in Palliative and Hospice care as well as Wound Care. She relocated to Tennessee from New Jersey in October 2020. She lives at home with her husband, two boys, and three cats. Some of her favorite things include reading, the beach, and spending time with her family.
Carlene HarrellDirector of Nursing
Carlene began her career in healthcare by receiving her CNA certification while attending school at Tennessee School of Technology to become a License Practical Nurse in 1993. She worked in many areas of healthcare but has always returned to her passion, which is Long Term Care. Carlene began working at Willow Ridge Center in 1999 as an LPN. While working here, she continued her education at Lincoln Memorial University to become a Registered Nurse, obtaining her ASN and then her BSN. She rose through the ranks here at Willow Ridge to become the RN Supervisor, then the Assistant Director of Nursing, and now is the Director of Nursing. Carlene is a southeast KY native, but has made her home in East TN since 1988. She is married to the love of her life, has 3 children and 3 grandchildren (which are the light of her life). Carlene’s other interest includes music. She is also the drummer in an original southern-rock band (Tennessee Iron Band), and enjoys traveling with the band and also spending time with family. Willow Ridge has been home to Carlene for over 20 years and she would be glad to speak with you anytime.
Kayla FortenberryDirector of Marketing and Admissions
Kayla is a graduate from Tennessee College of Applied Technology with a degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She has experience as a floor nurse, SNF administration and staffing in a long term care setting. Kayla makes it her priority to be a team player and help her coworkers, residents and families as much as possible. Outside of work, Kayla enjoys traveling with her fiancé and their son.
Scott TaylorDirector of Rehabilitation
Scott began his career as a Physical Therapist Assistant at Kindred Healthcare. He became the therapy program manager in 2012, and came to Willow Ridge in that role in 2015, and made a name for himself quickly with Genesis HealthCare by being awarded the 2016 Rookie of the Year for his successful program here at Willow Ridge. He is happily married and has two adorable children. Scott is a University of Kentucky fan, so the residents often make a point of singing Rocky Top right outside of the therapy gym.
My mother is currently a resident of Willow Ridge. She's been there since July. We are amazed at the professional but kind and compassionate staff. In the midst of covid... they have went above and beyond to protect our momma.
As hard as covid has made this they have been understanding of our feelings and tried very hard to keep us informed. Not once have I talked to anybody there that they haven't been super nice and helpful. We are very pleased with all their efforts and very thankful that mom is safe and happy. Would definitely recommend this facility!
- Marcia H. (google review)
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