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Welcome to Encompass Health Bakersfield

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 Bakersfield, we are committed to helping you get back to what matters most. Located in Bakersfield, 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 Bakersfield 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 Bakersfield, 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:

 

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Neurological rehabilitation


Our experienced neurorehabilitation team uses innovative technology combined with proven therapy techniques to help patients with brain injuries Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), Guillain-Barré syndrome, Lou Gehrig’s disease and other conditions that affect the brain and nervous system. Treatments can help with mobility, speech, swallowing, spasticity and cognitive function.

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Orthopedic rehabilitation


Advanced therapy is crucial to the recovery process after trauma injuries, hip fracture, joint replacement, amputation and other orthopedic injuries. Our clinicians develop care plans that improve mobility and overall function, reduce the risk of falls, educate on wound care and prosthesis and reduce pain so you can live your life to the fullest.

 

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Stroke rehabilitation


As leaders in stroke rehabilitation, we help patients adjust to and treat the mental and physical effects of stroke, with the goal of regaining their greatest level of independence. Our experts help identify your needs and improve complications commonly associated with stroke such as slurred speech, one-sided weakness, neuropathy, spasticity and loss of cognitive function.

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Spinal Cord Injury rehabilitation


Rehabilitation for spinal cord injury is complex and multifaceted. Our approach is powered by a team of highly skilled clinicians using adaptive techniques and therapies to meet the physical, cognitive and emotional needs of patients. In our specialized program, patients work toward a great level of function that may also include respiratory therapy and a bowel and bladder management program.

 

Superior Amenities at Our Hospitals

86 Beds

Televisions

Telephones

Free WiFi

Courtyard

Pet friendly

Interpreter services

Spanish translators available

Tours available

Support groups

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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.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

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

2024 Stroke Center of Excellence Winner

The Stroke Center of Excellence award is part of Encompass Health’s internal recognition program to highlight accomplishments within our rehabilitation hospitals. It is achieved through a dedication, hard work and superior patient outcomes. To meet strict certification criteria, hospitals must provide high quality services, and the program must meet The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® and hold The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification in Stroke Rehabilitation to qualify. 

Leadership and Staff

Martha Samora, CEO
Martha Samora

Chief Executive Officer

Martha has 30 years of healthcare experience and is a certified professional in healthcare quality.

Martha joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Bakersfield in 2014 and has 30 years of healthcare experience. Previously, Martha served as a vice president at San Joaquin Community Hospital (SJCH) in Bakersfield where she provided administrative and operational oversight for 14 ancillary and clinical departments. Additionally she developed and implemented “The Stroke Center” at SJCH, a certified stroke program between Los Angeles and San Francisco and secured 24 hour neurology call coverage. Martha is a registered nurse and holds a master’s degree in business administration. She is a certified professional in healthcare quality and a fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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Deepthi Cull
DEEPTHI CULL

Medical Director

Dr. Cull is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician who has been practicing for more than 20 years.

Dr. Cull is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician who has been practicing for more than 20 years. She has extensive experience as a medical director, most recently at Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island. Dr. Cull previously served as the medical director at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Panama City, Florida, and associate medical director and then director of neurorehabilitation at Encompass Deaconess Rehabilitation Hospital in Newburgh, Indiana. Dr. Cull received her medical training from Deccan College of Medical Sciences at Osmania University in Hyderabad, India. She also trained at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, Illinois, as a preliminary year internal medicine resident. Dr. Cull completed her residency as chief resident in her specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation from Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital of Wheaton, Illinois. Dr. Cull has served on a technical expert panel for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, along with serving on multiple committees for the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  She is a certified physician executive and a published author and speaker in her specialty.

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Karen Bezuidenhout
Karen Bezuidenhout, RN, BSN, MSN, CRRN

Chief Nursing Officer

Karen joined Encompass Health of Bakersfield in April 2015 as the nurse manager and was promoted to the CNO position in July 2021.

Karen joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Bakersfield in April 2015 as the nurse manager and was promoted to the chief nursing officer position in July 2021. Karen brings almost 40 years of nursing experience and more than 20 years of management experience. Karen graduated nursing school in South Africa and received her master’s degree in nursing leadership and administration from South University. Karen was instrumental in implementing the CRRN & Unit Based Council for nursing which empowers clinical nurses to implement and maintain standards of nursing practice and patient care consistent with evidence-based practice and requirements of regulatory agencies. Karen is dedicated in ensuring excellence in patient care and providing patients the best care possible.

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Sandra Delarosa
Sandra Delarosa

Director of Case Management

Sandra comes to Encompass after being the administrative director of home care services for Adventist Health in Bakersfield and Hanford.

Sandra comes to Encompass after being the administrative director of home care services for Adventist Health in Bakersfield and Hanford. During her tenure there she built the only five star Home Health agency in our county. Sandra is a huge asset to our team as she understands rehabilitation care, the continuum of care and the dynamics of value based care and payment reform.

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Didra Cantu
Didra Cantu

Director of Quality and Risk

Didra brings more than 15 years of healthcare experience to our team.

Didra joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Bakersfield in 2013. She brings more than 15 years of healthcare experience in risk management, quality, compliance, patient safety and patient experience. Didra has a bachelor’s degree from UC Irvine in criminology, law and society and holds a master’s degree in public administration and healthcare management from California State University, Bakersfield. Didra is actively involved in the community and has a strong commitment to excellence and quality in healthcare. 

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Kristina Gordon
Kristina Gordon

Human Resources Director

Kristina brings almost 10 years of human resource experience to Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Bakersfield.

Kristina brings almost 10 years of human resource experience to Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Bakersfield. She has experience in both the non-profit and private sectors and has experience as an HR manager and HR generalist. She was raised in northern California and has lived in Bakersfield for more than 20 years. She graduated from University of Phoenix with both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in business administration.

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Janette V. Menchaca
Janette V. Menchaca

Director of Therapy Operations

Janette has more than 15 years of clinical experience in acute rehabilitation.

Janette brings more than 15 years of clinical experience in acute rehabilitation to Encompass Health Bakersfield Rehabilitation Hospital.  A Kern County native, she graduated from California State University Fresno with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in physical therapy. She enjoys motivating patients to achieve their goals by helping them regain hope and confidence in what they can do.

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Amir Mashreky
Amir Meshreky

Director of Pharmacy

Amir joined the Encompass Health Bakersfield team in 2013.

Amir joined the Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Bakersfield team in 2013, bringing with him more than 15 years of experience in clinical pharmacy and medication therapy management.Throughout his career, he has held various clinical and management positions in hospital and retail pharmacy settings in Alexandria, Egypt and Kuwait. Amir earned his degree in pharmacy from the University of Alexandria, Egypt. Additionally, He is board-certified in geriatric pharmacy and holds professional memberships with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP). Amir enjoys working with patients to improve their quality of life by using his clinical expertise and knowledge to help ensure the appropriate use of medications. 

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Leslie Moore
Leslie Moore, RN, BSN, CRRN

Hospital Educator, Infection Control Coordinator & Employee Health

Leslie has 24 years of experience as an RN in the community.

Leslie is a local graduate of California State University Bakersfield where she received her BSN. She has 24 years of experience as an RN in the community. For the past 14 years she has found her true calling as an RN in the rehabilitation specialty of acute rehabilitation at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Bakersfield. She currently holds the position of hospital educator and infection control practitioner. She is an active member of the interdisciplinary team for the stroke and pulmonary programs at Encompass Health and co-chairs the Unit Based Council for the nursing department. She was recognized and nominated in 2016 as a nurse leader in the field of education by the local chapter of the ACNL. While Leslie’s main passion is nursing, in her off time she enjoys camping with her family and volunteering with the local chapter of the American Cancer Society.

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Robert Mosesian
Robert Mosesian

Chief Financial Officer

Robert joined Encompass Health with more than 20 years of finance and operational experience in a variety of different industries.

Robert joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Bakersfield in April 2000 bringing with him more than 20 years of finance and operational experience in a variety of different industries. A Bakersfield native, he holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from National American University.

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