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We know that choosing where to receive care after a life-changing illness or injury is an important decision for you and your loved ones. At MUSC Health Medical University of South Carolina Rehabilitation Hospital an affiliate of Encompass Health , we are committed to helping you get back to what matters most. Located in North Charleston, we are a leading provider of inpatient rehabilitation for stroke, brain injury, hip fracture and other complex neurological and orthopedic conditions.
When you choose MUSC Health Medical University of South Carolina Rehabilitation Hospital an affiliate of Encompass Health for your rehabilitation, you receive compassionate care from an expert team of physical, occupational and speech therapists; physicians; nurses; dietitians; pharmacists; and case managers who work together to create a plan to help you meet your unique goals.
At our hospital you will receive:
*We provide access to independent physicians.
Each patient’s recovery is different. At MUSC Health Medical University of South Carolina Rehabilitation Hospital an affiliate of Encompass Health , our expert clinicians combine the latest technologies, real-world simulations and advanced therapies into a treatment plan that helps you achieve what’s important to you. Our specialties include but are not limited to:
Student observation hours
Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in stroke rehabilitation.
Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in hip fracture rehabilitation.
Chief Executive Officer
Rick joined MUSC Health Medical University of South Carolina Rehabilitation Hospital, an affiliate of Encompass Health in 2021 as CEO. Prior to this role, Rick held various leadership positions in the post-acute, acute care, academic medicine and outpatient settings including CEO of University Hospital’s Rehabilitation Hospital, a joint venture with Kindred Healthcare in Cleveland, Ohio, administrative director for the Neurological, Spine and Pain Management Institutes at University Hospitals, department administrator for the Division of Pain Management at Cleveland Clinic and five additional years spent in continuous improvement/program management roles at the Cleveland Clinic. Rick holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial and manufacturing systems engineering from Ohio University and a master’s degree in business administration with a healthcare focus from Baldwin Wallace University.
Dr. Walker is the medical director at MUSC Health Medical University of South Carolina Rehabilitation Hospital. She joins the Encompass Health Charleston team from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she resided as an associate professor and residency program director for the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Dr. Walker completed medical school at the University of Kentucky and served as the administrative chief resident during her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh. Following residency, she completed a fellowship in spinal cord injury at the renowned Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. She is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, and brain injury medicine.
Dr. Walker is an independent private practice physician.
Chief Nursing Officer
Angela brings more than 25 years of nursing expertise to MUSC Rehabilitation Hospital. She earned a doctoral degree in nursing leadership, as well as holds three board certifications that cover the specialties of healthcare quality, risk management and nursing executive leadership. A Wisconsin native, Angela moved to Charleston in 2005 to be closer to her sister and extended family.
Facilities Management Director
Michael brings more than 15 years of HVAC expertise to MUSC Rehabilitation Hospital. He has served as a building manager and plant operations director. Michael graduated from the University of South Carolina with a certificate in project management. A New Jersey native, Michael moved to Charleston in 2014 to be closer to his brother and extended family.
Director of Case Management
Wendy comes to Encompass Health with 28 years case management experience in various acute care settings to include Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital, Vibra Long Term Acute Care Hospital and Hospice both inpatient and home setting. She is a graduate of Columbia College in Columbia, SC with a degree in social work. Wendy was recently nominated for case manager of the year for the Charleston/Tri-County area. In her spare time, Wendy enjoys boating and spending time with her family.
Director of Quality and Risk Management
Caitlin has served as the director of quality and risk management at MUSC Health Medical University of South Carolina Rehabilitation Hospital since 2022. She previously served in the same role at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Bluffton. Her extensive inpatient rehabilitation experiences have uniquely positioned her to lead quality initiatives and sustain performance in the hospital setting. Caitlin holds her bachelor's degree in biology from Covenant College and her doctorate degree in physical therapy from Armstrong Atlantic State University.
Tricia currently serves as controller at MUSC Health Medical University of South Carolina Rehabilitation Hospital. Tricia’s career spans over 25 years of progressive and accomplished home health and hospital CFO experience. She received her master’s degree in business administration from North Greenville University in her hometown of Greenville, SC.
Program Director of Medical Services
Dr. Patel is a 2003 graduate of University of Pikeville School of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Patel became board certified in 2006 by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He has been serving the Charleston area since 2006. Dr. Patel is president of the Society of Hospital Medicine, Lowcountry chapter. In 2011, he founded Pinnacle Physicians, LLC, a hospitalist company with a mission to provide the highest quality of care for inpatient services.
Dr. Patel is an independent private practice physician.
Director of Pharmacy Operations
Cathy has been the pharmacy director at MUSC Health Medical University of South Carolina Rehabilitation Hospital since 2007. She has more than 14 years of pharmacy management experience. She received her BS in pharmacy from The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Pharmacy. She also has a bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston in secondary education and taught history, geography, journalism and English before seeking her degree in pharmacy. Cathy instructs pharmacy students from South Carolina College of Pharmacy where she is an adjunct assistant professor. She has lived in the Charleston area for more than 30 years.
Director of Therapy Operations
Christy graduated from West Virginia University with a doctorate degree in physical therapy in 2009 and a bachelor's in exercise physiology in 2006. She has been a PT with Encompass Health for over ten years and was named DTO in 2018 after serving as a team leader and a department manager. Christy has 96 hours of specialized neuro IFRAH training but enjoys working with all patient populations. Christy previously led the hospital's team to maintain our Joint Commission Hip Fracture Management certification.