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Welcome to our hospital

At MUSC Health Medical University of South Carolina Rehabilitation Hospital an affiliate of Encompass Health, we are committed to helping you regain independence after a life-changing illness or injury. Located in Charleston, we are a leading provider of inpatient rehabilitation for stroke, brain injury, hip fracture and other complex neurological and orthopedic conditions.

Using clinical collaboration and advanced technologies, we provide a personalized care plan designed to meet your unique needs and help you achieve your goals.

Our inpatient rehabilitation hospital uses an interdisciplinary team approach that includes physical, speech and occupational therapists, rehabilitation physicians, rehabilitation nurses, case managers, dietitians and more, combined with our advanced technology and expertise, to help you achieve your goals. You will receive at least three hours of therapy five days per week while under the constant care of registered nurses, many of whom specialize in rehabilitation, and frequent independent private practice physician* visits.

Rehabilitation is covered in full or part by most health insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. Our hospital has contracts with most major insurance companies and is willing to negotiate with other companies, as needed.

*The hospital provides access to independent physicians.

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What to expect

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Superior amenities at our hospitals

49 Beds

Telephones

Televisions

Free WiFi

Interpreter services

Pet friendly

Support groups

Student observation hours

Volunteers

Tours available

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We proudly display our Gold Seal of Approval™

Stroke Rehabilitation

Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in stroke rehabilitation.

Hip Fracture Rehabilitation

Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in hip fracture rehabilitation.

Take a virtual tour

The following region contains a Google 3D virtual tour feature that allows a user to view the Encompass Health facility. To assist screen reader users in understanding what is presented in the 3D virtual tour, each image view is independently described within lists that can be found under each linked heading. The room links below our virtual tour leave this website and go directly to Google maps to walk through the hospital.

Please click on the arrows to navigate through the hallways on each floor. Use the "L" options on the right-hand side of the tour window below to navigate through different areas/floors of the hospital for a full virtual tour. See a key to "L" areas below.

  • Lobby/Foyer of hospital accessed through main hospital entrance.
  • Main desk in lobby entrance for receptionist and admitting area.
  • Chairs for patients and visitors to use.
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  • Multiple tables throughout therapy gym to assist in patient therapies.
  • Exercise equipment throughout gym to be used with technologies in therapy sessions.
  • Small stairs to assist in building patient’s strength.
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  • Activities of daily living suite is a recreated kitchen, laundry area, and bathroom area to simulate activities of daily life for patients to practice before they return home.
  • Kitchen has small table and chairs, standard kitchen appliances and sink.
  • Bathroom has a shower, sink, and toilet.
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  • Patient room with bed, sink, bathroom, TV and chair for visitors.
  • Wardrobe with storage for personal effects is under the television.
  • Personal safes for patient security.
  • Window with exterior view.
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  • Shared patient room with two beds, sink, bathroom, TV and chairs for visitors.
  • Two TVs in-between wardrobes for personal storage.
  • Personal safes for patient security.
  • Nightstands are placed next to each bed with a curtain to divide room between patient beds.
  • Window with exterior view.
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  • Patient room with bed, sink, bathroom, TV and chair for visitors.
  • Wardrobe with storage for personal effects is under the television.
  • Personal safes for patient security.
  • Window with exterior view.

Hospital happenings

Mr. Thomas admitted to MUSC Health Rehabilitation Hospital following a thoracic surgery required to prevent him from becoming paralyzed. He had dealt with back pain for 10 years, but after developing sensory changes and weakness that caused falls, surgery was necessary. Mr. Thomas was expecting a two-day hospital stay followed by two to three weeks of at-home recovery, but that was not the case for him.

- MUSC Health Medical University of South Carolina Rehabilitation Hospital an affiliate of Encompass Health

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Mr. Thomas admitted to MUSC Health Rehabilitation Hospital following a thoracic surgery required to prevent him from becoming paralyzed.

Hospital happenings

After an infection led to an emergency double amputation, Harold King was left in a wheelchair unable to walk. Our team helped Harold do something he had not done in two years—stand on his two legs and walk.

- Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Charleston

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Harold

Hospital happenings

Our liaison team went above and beyond and created Fishing for Possibilities for patients during National Rehabilitation Awareness Week.

- MUSC Health Medical University of South Carolina Rehabilitation Hospital an affiliate of Encompass Health

 National rehabilitation awareness week

Hospital happenings

To thank you team for their daily efforts and to celebrate the completion of annual training, Rachel Green, Gregory Raines, Susan Trantham, Elizabeth Gibson, and Wendy McKenzie served pizza to the hospital team.

- Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Charleston

 Annual training

Hospital happenings

Today is National S’Mores Day and our Director of Quality and Risk Greg Raines and CNO Rachel Green wanted to take a moment to thank the staff s’more for all they do while passing out S’mores kits.

- Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Charleston

 Charleston celebrates with smores

Leadership and staff

Beth Bacher
Beth Bacher, MBA

Chief Executive Officer

Beth joined Encompass Health, in 2001.

Beth joined Encompass Health, in 2001. She received her bachelor’s degree from CPSU in California and a master’s degree in business administration in healthcare management from WIU in Phoenix. Her management provides support to clinical and administrative efforts, while maintaining positive customer relations. Her motivation comes from working with a dynamic team who is dedicated to providing an exceptional patient experience.

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Healther Walker
Heather W. Walker, M.D.

Medical Director

Dr. Walker is the medical director at MUSC Health Medical University of South Carolina Rehabilitation Hospital an affiliate of Encompass Health.

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.

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Vicky Harrod
Vicky Harrod

Director of Quality and Risk

Vicky joined Encompass Health in 2017 and brings 17 years of rehabilitation experience.

Vicky joined Encompass Health in 2017. She brings 17 years of rehabilitation experience during which time she earned her bachelor’s degree and project management certification from DeVry University. Bringing her organizational skills along with her eye for detail, she is geared for positive customer experiences and staff support. In her spare time, Vicky enjoys exploring the history of Charleston.

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Wendy McKenzie
Wendy McKenzie, LBSW

Director of Case Management

Wendy comes to Encompass Health with 28 years case management experience in various acute care settings.

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.

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Tricia Nelson
Tricia Nelson

Controller

Tricia currently serves as controller at MUSC Health Medical University of South Carolina Rehabilitation Hospital.

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.

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Ronda Sweet
Ronda Sweet

Chief Nursing Officer

Ronda has 20 years of nursing acute care experience in profit and non-profit hospitals.

Ronda has 20 years of nursing acute care experience in profit and non-profit hospitals. She received her doctorate in nursing from Walden University in 2016 and is certified in executive nursing practice from the American Organization for Nursing Leadership. Ronda has experience in successfully leading teams to improve patient outcomes by providing evidence-based quality care. Ronda and her husband of 29 years have two sons and one daughter. 

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Nihar Patel
Nihar H. Patel, D.O.

Program Director of Medical Services

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 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.

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Cathy Sanner
Cathy Sanner

Director of Pharmacy Operations

Cathy has more than 14 years of pharmacy management experience.

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.

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Susan Trantham
Susan Trantham

Human Resources Director

Susan has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare human resources management.

Susan has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare human resources management. She enjoys spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren. Susan is also involved with missions through her church.

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Christy Yatagan
Christy Yatagan

Director of Therapy Operations

Christy Yatagan graduated from West Virginia University with a doctorate degree in physical therapy in 2009 and a bachelor's in exercise physiology in 2006.

Christy Yatagan 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.

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