American Health Communities Expands into Knoxville Market with Acquisition of a Senior Care Facility and Physical Rehab Location

News Release:       July 2, 2024

American Health Communities (AHC), a division of American Health Partners based in Franklin, TN, a diversified healthcare company focused on post-acute care for seniors, is expanding into the Knoxville, Tennessee market with the acquisition of the Shannondale Health Care Center (skilled nursing facility) and Shannondale at WellPark (advanced transitional rehabilitation center).


“Expanding our footprint into East Tennessee is a significant milestone for AHC. Knoxville is a vibrant and growing market, offering strong potential for us to build on the solid foundations already in place at these two facilities,” said Michael Bailey, President and CEO of American Health Partners. “By expanding our services and leveraging our clinical expertise, we can provide a broader range of high-quality care options to meet the diverse needs of the Knoxville community. We’re very excited about the opportunities ahead.”


Facility Name Changes:

  • Shannondale Health Care Center will now be known as AHC Knoxville.
  • WellPark will be rebranded as AHC WellPark.




The newly acquired facilities, AHC Knoxville and AHC WellPark, will join American Health Communities’ network of exceptional healthcare providers, bringing comprehensive and compassionate care to the residents of Knoxville and surrounding areas. This acquisition brings AHC’s total number of communities to 31 (AHC will now have 30 skilled nursing facilities in Tennessee and one in Huntsville, Alabama).


“We’ve excited to join the AHC family,” said Keith McCord, Administrator of AHC Knoxville and AHC WellPark. “AHC has exceptional clinical resources and more than four decades of experience operating successful skilled nursing facilities delivering quality care to residents and patients. This is a win for our residents, our employees and the Knoxville community.”

AHC Knoxville (formerly Shannondale Health Care Center) has a long history of providing top-notch skilled nursing care, senior living and rehabilitation services in Knoxville. It currently has 176 licensed beds. AHC WellPark, is a technologically advanced transitional rehabilitation facility offering physical, occupational and speech therapy with 30 licensed beds. WellPark features a state-of-the-art rehabilitation gym, a hydrotherapy pool and an occupational therapy complex with a bedroom and kitchen facility to enable patients to simulate real-world tasks as part of their OT therapy regimen.


“We are thrilled to expand our footprint into Knoxville and to welcome the dedicated teams at AHC Knoxville and AHC WellPark into the AHC family,” said Greg Haynes, Senior Vice President of Operations, AHC. “We have an exceptional team of employees in place in Knoxville and our goal is to continue providing exceptional care and to make a positive impact on the lives of the residents and patients we serve. This acquisition allows us to extend our mission and values to a new part of our state which is very gratifying.”




About American Health Communities (AHC)  

American Health Communities, a division of Franklin, Tennessee-based American Health Partners operates a network of 31 senior living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers in Tennessee and Alabama. AHC specializes in caring for seniors by providing a full range of short-term and long-term health care in a home-like environment. AHC’s skilled nursing facilities have achieved the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission for meeting the highest national standards for safety and quality of care. For more information, visit or call (615) 902-5200.


About American Health Partners

American Health Partners provides a continuum of post-acute healthcare that prevents unnecessary hospital stays and improves quality of life for older adults. In Tennessee and Alabama, the company owns 31 senior living, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers and five psychiatric hospitals. Nationally, American Health Partners, operates a long-term care pharmacy and under its American Health Plans division, operates Provider-Owner Medicare Advantage Plans and provides care management via joint ventures in 12 states with more than 30 provider organizations. American Health Partners is based in Franklin, TN. For more information, visit