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Options for rehabilitation can be as vast as the conditions that require it. The most important path to follow is the one that best meets the specific needs of each individual. At Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona, we are here to help you navigate those options, placing your needs and goals first to ensure you receive better care for superior outcomes. This includes applying intense therapies, expert knowledge and innovative solutions within the scope of our services, raising the bar as a healthcare leader for excellence in care.
 

We Proudly Display Our Gold Seal of Approval™

Stroke Rehabilitation

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

Cardiac Rehabilitation

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

Brain Injury Rehabilitation

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

Spinal Cord Rehabilitation

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

Advanced Inpatient Diabetes

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

Hip Fracture Rehabilitation

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

Superior Outcomes

We are focused on two things: the progress our patients make and the outcomes they achieve. This is evidenced by our industry-leading performance scores.

We want you to get better, and to make that happen, we need to know where you began. Upon arrival at one of our hospitals, we will measure how much help you need to perform basic skills – this is called your Functional Outcome Measures. Your rehabilitation team will review these with you, set challenging but attainable goals, and design a treatment plan to help you meet your specific goals. Before you leave the hospital, we will rescore your Functional Outcome Measures assessment to see how much you’ve improved, determine how well you have met your goals, and provide you the materials and training you need to continue your progress after you leave the hospital.

Leadership and Staff

Tyler Bender
Tyler Bender, DPT

Orthopedic Program Co-Coordinator

Tyler is a licensed physical therapist who became the orthopedic program co-coordinator in 2019.

Tyler is a licensed physical therapist who became the orthopedic program co-coordinator in 2019. He is a 2018 graduate of Saint Francis University, where he earned with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy.

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Ginger Boast
GINGER BOAST, OTR/L

Cardiac Program Co-Coordinator

Ginger has been with Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona since January 2004.

Ginger has been with Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona since January 2004. She became the cardiac co-coordinator in March 2022. Ginger received her bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from Mount Aloysius College in 2002.

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Kelsey Decker
KELSEY DECKER, RNT

Rehab Nursing Tech III/Cardiac Program Co- coordinator

Kelsey joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona in March 2022.

Kelsey joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona in March 2022. She is an RNT lll, STOP 2 Champion and accepted the cardiac co-coordinator position in April 2024. She is a 2013 Bellwood-Antis High School graduate.

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Melissa Eckenrode
Melissa Eckenrode OTR

Orthopedic Program Co-Coordinator

Melissa became the orthopedic program co-coordinator in 2018.

Melissa became the orthopedic program co-coordinator in 2018 after being a senior occupational therapist at the hospital for 16 years.  She obtained her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Mount Aloysius in 2001.

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Jane Maslonik
Jane Maslonik, MSRD LDN CDES BC-ADM

Registered Dietician

Jane is a registered dietitian and has been employed at the hospital since 1995.

Jane is a registered dietitian. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition from Penn State University and a Master of Science degree from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Jane has been employed at the hospital since 1995. She is a certified diabetic educator and is a member of the American Association of Diabetic Educators. Jane accepted the position of advanced diabetic team co-coordinator in May of 2016. She is an adjunct professor at Saint Francis University where she teaches classes in both the nursing and public health departments. Jane is also an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh - Johnstown in the nursing department.

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Shelley Mazzetti
SHELLEY MAZZETTI, MOT, OTR/L

Brain Injury Program Co-coordinator

Shelley has been the brain injury program co-coordinator since 2021.

Shelley has been the brain injury program co-coordinator since 2021. She has been a core member of the brain injury team since joining Encompass Health in 2013. She obtained her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Saint Francis University in 2013.

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Kristen Nolan
KRISTEN NOLAN, PharmD

Advanced Diabetes Program Co-Coordinator

Kristen joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona as a pharmacist in February 2019.

Kristen joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona as a pharmacist in February 2019. She accepted the position of advanced diabetic team co-coordinator in the spring of 2022. Kristen completed her undergraduate studies at University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and obtained her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2018.

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Matt Smith
Matt Smith DPT

Spinal Cord Injury Program Co-Coordinator

Matt has been the spinal cord injury program co-coordinator since November of 2015.

Matt has been the Spinal Cord Injury Program co-coordinator since November of 2015 after being an active member of the team since he accepted his position in 2013. Matt has his doctorate degree in physical therapy from Saint Francis University with a minor in exercise physiology.

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Courtney Yogus
Courtney Yogus MPT

Brain Injury Program Co-Coordinator

Courtney has been the brain injury co-coordinator since April of 2019.

Courtney has been the brain injury co-coordinator since April of 2019. She joined Encompass Health Altoona as a staff physical therapist in December of 2018. Courtney has been a licensed physical therapist since 2001 and has experience in the settings of outpatient, acute hospital care and home health. Courtney holds a master’s degree in physical therapy degree from Saint Francis University.

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Support Groups

Brain Injury Support Group

Date: Second Thursday of every month
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona
Contact: Ann Marie Montgomery or Jennifer Hibbs, 800.873.4220 or 814.944.3535

CVA (Stroke)

Date: Third Wednesday of every month
Time: 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona
Contact: Angie Shuke, 800.873.4220 or 814.944.3535

Our Innovative Technology

at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona
  • BITS® Balance
  • Bioness H200
  • Bioness Integrated Therapy System (BITS®)
  • Synchrony™1 OmnisEMG System
  • Telemetry
  • Tran-Sit
  • Wii

 

patient and therapist using SaeboFlex technology

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