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Welcome to Encompass Health Fort Smith

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 Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Smith, we are committed to helping you get back to what matters most. Located in Fort Smith, we are a leading provider of inpatient rehabilitation for stroke, brain injury, hip fracture and other complex neurological and orthopedic conditions.

When you choose Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Smith 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:

  • Three hours of therapy, five days per week
  • 24/7 nursing care, including nurses who specialize in rehabilitation
  • Frequent visits from a physician*

*We provide access to independent physicians.

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Better Rehabilitation Starts Here

Each patient’s recovery is different. At Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Smith, 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:

 

 

Superior Amenities at Our Hospitals

80 Beds

Televisions

Telephones

Free WiFi

Parking

Nonsmoking

Courtyard

Pet Friendly

Service Animals Allowed

Interpreter Services

Spanish Translators Available

Support Groups

Student Observation Hours

Onsite Dialysis

Bariatric Rooms

Tours Available

Transportation Services

Private Rooms

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We Proudly Display Our Gold Seal of Approval™

Stroke Rehabilitation

Our stroke rehabilitation program has earned Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission.

Hip Fracture Rehabilitation

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

Amputee Rehabilitation

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

Leadership and Staff

Dawn Watts
DAWN WATTS

Chief Executive Officer

Dawn Watts was named chief executive officer on July 28, 2014 of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Smith.

Dawn Watts was named chief executive officer on July 28, 2014 of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Smith. From April 2008 to July 2014, she served in a number of senior management positions with CHS formerly HMA of Florida including director for case/resource management, cardiopulmonary services and various medical/surgical units. From 2000 to 2008 Dawn served as the chief nursing officer for the Fort Smith hospital. During that time she served on the national board for Encompass Health nursing and as a regional CNO for two years. Dawn received her bachelor's degree in nursing and a master's in business administration from Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

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Bradley Short, MD
BRADLEY SHORT, D.O.

Medical Director

Dr. Bradley Short is the Medical Director of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Smith.

Dr. Bradley Short is the Medical Director of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Smith. Dr. Short is a graduate of The University of Arizona and completed his medical studies at The University of Osteopathic Medicine. He went on to do his internship at The University of Arkansas for Medical Services. Additionally, Dr. Short completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The University of Arkansas for Medical Services. He is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is board certified and a Fellow with the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. In addition to his medical experience, Dr. Short has served in the Armed Forces.

Dr. Bradley is an independent private practice physician.

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Jason Boren
JASON BOREN

Controller, Chief Financial Officer

Jason joined the hospital team as chief financial officer in April 2016.

Jason joined the hospital team as chief financial officer in April 2016. He joined Encompass Health Fort Smith with 17 years’ experience, after holding roles in the areas of accounting, Medicaid reimbursement and operational finance. A graduate of Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, he completed a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Jason works closely with the chief executive officer in improving the hospital’s financial performance and supports the leadership team with the information they need to successfully complete their jobs.

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Brandi Denham
BRANDI DENHAM

Senior Human Resources Director

Brandi joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Smith in 2013.

Brandi joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Smith in 2013 and serves as a resource to all employees as well as a recruiter of new talent. She received her bachelor's degree in business administration with a major in human resources management in 2012. Brandi was active duty in the United States Army from 2005-2008 where she served during Operation Enduring Freedom in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

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Jay Hudnall
JAY HUDNALL, DHA, MBA, OTL

Director of Therapy Operations

Jay serves as the director of therapy operations for Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Smith.

Jay serves as the director of therapy operations for Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Smith. He has been a practicing occupational therapist since 1998 and has served in multiple clinical settings throughout his career including inpatient rehabilitation, home health, critical access, outpatient, SNF and LTACH. His roles have included that of occupational therapist, therapy lead, director of rehabilitation, corporate director of rehabilitation and director of therapy operations. Jay also has additional experience in sales and marketing within the healthcare industry. He graduated from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, holds an MBA from Belhaven University and a Doctorate of Healthcare Administration from the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He is a native of South Mississippi and has thoroughly enjoyed his relocation to Arkansas. He subscribes most to servant leadership principles, believing that we work to serve our patients and our co-workers for the best outcomes.

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Arturo Meade
ARTURO MEADE, M.D.

Director of Pulmonology

Dr. Meade has been affiliated with Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Smith since 2001.

Dr. Meade has been affiliated with Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Smith since 2001 and has also been a principal investigator for pulmonary clinical trials since 2005. Dr. Meade is a graduate of the Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi Faculty of Medicine and completed his transitional in 1991 at Frankfort Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended the Medical College of Pennsylvania from 1991-1994 and was board certified in Internal Medicine in 1994. Dr. Meade also attended the Medical College of Pennsylvania from 1994-1995 and 1998-1999 for Pulmonary Medicine and received his board certification in 1999. Dr. Meade was board certified in Sleep Medicine in 2006 by the American Board of Sleep Medicine and in 2009 by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

* The hospital provides access to independent physicians.
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Brain Ramsey
RICHARD "BRIAN" RAMSEY, RHIA, CPHQ

Quality and Risk Director

Brian is responsible for quality, survey and risk management and overall compliance.

Brian joined Encompass Health Fort Smith in March 2018 and is responsible for quality, survey and risk management and overall compliance. He brings nearly 25 years of experience in healthcare quality from working in local acute care hospitals and clinics. He also recently held the position of Safety Officer and Emergency Management Coordinator for several years. He holds bachelor’s degrees in health information management from Arkansas Tech University and business administration from Arkansas State University. He is a Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA), a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), and a member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the National Association of Healthcare Quality (NAHQ).

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Jessica Taylor
JESSICA TAYLOR

Director of Case Management

Jessica graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2004.

Jessica brings to the Encompass Health team more than 15 years of experience in inpatient rehabilitation and many years of experience in leadership and case management. She has served the people of the River Valley in a variety of healthcare areas such as orthopedics, med/surg and pediatrics. Jessica graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2004. She is a Certified Case Manager and is currently obtaining her master's degree in nursing leadership and management from Western Governors University.

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Rebecca VonderHeide
REBECCA VONDERHEIDE

Chief Nursing Officer

Becky joined Encompass in 2022.

Becky joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Smith in 2022 as the chief nursing officer. She has more than 16 years of nursing experience, most of which are in critical care and leadership. She obtained her master's degree in business from Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Becky looks forward to continuing to serve in the healthcare field for years to come.

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Darin Wilbourn
DARIN WILBOURN, M.D.

Associate Medical Director

Dr. Darin Wilbourn has been a part of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Smith since April 2015, and is an admitting physiatrist.

Dr. Darin Wilbourn, a Pleasant View High School graduate, has been a part of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Smith since April 2015, and is an admitting Physiatrist. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Dr. Wilbourn then obtained his Medical Degree at The University of Arkansas College of Medicine in Little Rock. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Wilbourn is an independent private practice physician.

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Tyler Wood
TYLER WOOD

Director of Pharmacy

Tyler joined the team as the director of pharmacy in 2019.

Tyler joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Smith as the director of pharmacy in 2019. He brings 18 years of experience along with a diverse background which includes nuclear pharmacy, acute care, oncology and academia. Tyler completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Central Arkansas and received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He serves as an adjunct professor for the University of Kansas, and serves as a council member for the city of Van Buren.

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