May 25, 2001

Coxe named Stallworth Chief Medical Officer

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Coxe named Stallworth Chief Medical Officer

Dr. David Robertson Coxe wants to be involved in every aspect of Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. That should not be problem since he is the new chief medical officer.

Coxe, a Vanderbilt graduate, assumed the position May 1.

Coxe is interested in improving the medical services offered at the rehab facility, as well as the community’s perception of the hospital. He is also concerned with the development of policies and procedures.

“I am really excited about the opportunity to get involved in systems management,” Coxe said. “Stallworth is a neat connection between acute outpatient care and inpatient care.”

The greatest challenge as medical director, according to Coxe, is his ability to persuade referring physicians to send patients to Stallworth. “We have to continue to produce data to support other physicians sending us patients.”

To increase community awareness of Stallworth, Coxe wants to create a better community presence by offering stroke and osteoporosis screenings and various other educational outreach programs.

Coxe points to the faculty and administration as Stallworth’s greatest strength. “They are first-rate. Their fund of knowledge is exceptional,” he said. “The administrators have tremendous aptitude to perform well and the doctors do the same.

“We have an excellent physical plant and we are associated with a great university.”

Nikki Allen, director of business development at Stallworth, is excited about Coxe’s appointment. “He is a tremendous asset to the hospital. He is such a relationship builder. I see him as a real uniter,” she said.

Coxe graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1989. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Vanderbilt. In 1993 Coxe was named assistant professor of Internal Medicine at VUMC. Since his appointment at Vanderbilt, he has served as the director of Medical Consultation at VUH and Stallworth. Following residency, Coxe completed a fellowship in faculty development at UNC Chapel Hill (1994-1996).

Opened in 1993, Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital is the only freestanding facility of its kind in Middle Tennessee. The 80-bed Hospital provides both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services to adults and children who have suffered strokes, head or spinal cord injuries, or have other orthopaedic or neurological diseases requiring rehabilitation.

The facility provides complete inpatient and outpatient services for pediatric and adult patients with neurological and orthopaedic injuries or disabilities, degenerative conditions and certain chronic conditions of children. It also houses the Vanderbilt Center for Multiple Sclerosis, the Nashville Area Junior Chamber of Commerce gymnasium and elements of the Junior League Center for Chronic Illnesses and Disabilities of Children.