When their return to independence depends on you,
we are here. Encompass Health offers the advanced
therapy and care patients need after a life-changing illness or injury.
Encompass Health is a national sponsor of Together to End Stroke
This hospital has
Joint Commission Accreditation
At Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Gadsden, we are committed to helping you regain independence after a life-changing illness or injury. Located in Gadsden, our inpatient rehabilitation hospital provides inpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology for stroke 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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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.
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Our team is still participating in the Gadsden Heart Walk, just in a different setting. #gadsdenheartwalk #ahaalabama
- Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Gadsden
Chief Executive Officer
Kayla came to Encompass Health Gadsden, formerly HealthSouth Gadsden from Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Montgomery where she served as an associate administrator. Her experience also includes serving as controller at Encompass Health Sugar Land Rehabilitation Hospital and in various roles with Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital in Katy, Texas. She received her bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Huntington College and her master’s in business administration from Tulane University.
Dr. Rajendran serves as the medical director at Encompass Rehabilitation Hospital of Gadsden. Previously, he served as the medical director at an inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Rome, GA. Dr. Rajendran received his medical degree from Sri Ramachandra University (A Harvard Medical International Affiliated Institution in southern India). He completed his residency at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY and is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Raj brings a wealth of experience in acute care, long term acute care, palliative care, and inpatient rehabilitation. He places a lot of emphasis on integrating medical treatment with lifestyle changes, nutritional, mental and emotional health to complement evidence-based practice.
Dr. Rajendran is an independent private practice physician.
Director of Case Management
Leslie brings 23 years of nursing experience to Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth. In 2013, she transferred to Encompass Health Gadsden from HealthSouth Lakeshore in Birmingham, Alabama, where she held multiple roles as a staff nurse, weekend nurse supervisor and PPS coordinator. She began her career at HealthSouth Gadsden as a case manager and was promoted to the director position in 2016. Leslie is a Certified Case Manger and Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse and is currently furthering her education at Southern New Hampshire University.
Kim has more than 26 years of nursing experience and joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Gadsden, formerly HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Gadsden in 2001. She began working as a staff nurse and has served in the roles of charge nurse, case manager, infection control and nurse supervisor. Kim also oversees the hospital’s employee health initiatives.
Director of Pharmacy
Brandi has been with Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, since 2004. She has a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of South Alabama and a Doctorate of Pharmacy from Samford University. She is a member of the Alabama Society of Health System Pharmacists and specializes in geriatric medicine.
Director of Therapy Operations
Janet has been with Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Gadsden, formerly HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Gadsden since 2002 and has worked in both the inpatient and outpatient departments. She specializes in stroke rehabilitation. Janet graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation services and received her master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
Director of Facilities Management
Phil has more than 39 years of plant operations experience and has served for over 13 years as a director in an acute hospital. He joined Encompass Health Gadsden in 2015 and works to oversee security and is a safety officer member of the Alabama Society of HealthCare Engineers (ALSHE).
Melissa joined Encompass Health Gadsden in 2018. She has over 20 years of experience in acute and rehabilitation healthcare settings. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from The University of Alabama and a master’s degree in business administration from Georgia State University. Melissa is also a certified public accountant and a certified management accountant.
Human Resources Director
Rhonda joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Gadsden, formerly HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Gadsden in 2015 as Human Resources Director. Rhonda has more than 30 years of experience in human resources and recruitment having previously worked with Health Management Associates at the hospital and corporate level and Tenet Healthcare.
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