The nation's largest system of rehabilitation hospitals, Encompass Health is the trusted choice of medical professionals.
Encompass Health is a national sponsor of Together to End Stroke
This hospital has
Joint Commission Accreditation
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 Columbia, we are committed to helping you get back to what matters most. Located in Columbia, 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 Columbia 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:
*We provide access to independent physicians.
Each patient’s recovery is different. At Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Columbia, 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:
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.
Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in amputee rehabilitation.
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.
Chief Executive Officer
Nicole joins Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Columbia with over 20 years of healthcare leadership experience in the acute care hospital setting most recently the system chief operating officer of Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg, SC. In her previous roles as COO of Regional Medical Center, AdventHealth Polk and Bartow Regional Medical Center, Nicole directed operations for a wide variety of hospital services, including cardiology, oncology/ infusion therapy, orthopedics, rehabilitation, imaging services, and the development of new ambulatory services including physician practices, free-standing emergency departments, ambulatory surgery centers and multi-million-dollar hospital expansion projects. Nicole also served as vice president of operations at Belton Regional Medical Center in Kansas City, MO. She earned her bachelor’s degree in speech pathology/audiology from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and her master’s degree in health administration from Saint Louis University. She is a fellow with the American College of Health Care Executives.
Dr. Troyer has been at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Columbia since 1991 and has served as the hospital’s medical director since 1993. He has also served on the Encompass Health Physician Advisory Board since 1999. Dr. Troyer graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree and doctorate of medicine. He performed his internship in internal medicine and residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at St. Francis Medical Center in Pittsburgh. A native of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Dr. Troyer is married and has four children.
Dr. Troyer is an independent private practice physician.
Business Development Director
Melanie came to Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Columbia with more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the healthcare industry. She is passionate about quality patient care and the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration. She worked with Rock Hill and Columbia Encompass Health hospitals for a total of seven years as a rehabilitation liaison before being named director of marketing operations in May 2014. As director of marketing operations, she leads a dynamic team of healthcare professionals responsible for business development, community outreach, patient education and marketing in the midlands area of South Carolina.
Director of Therapy Operations
Dr. Edward Ty Collier joins Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Columbia as a physical therapist and director of therapy operations with more than 15 years of experience in acute care hospital operations. Most recently Dr. Collier led rehab operations for Prisma Health Tuomey. He is a talented healthcare executive who has a track record of leading multiple business units for large multi-site health systems. His experience includes acute care, sub-acute rehab, outpatient rehab, athletic trainers and wellness services. In addition to his primary responsibilities, Dr. Collier has led supply chain and COVID-19 operations. He is a graduate from the University of South Carolina with a doctorate degree in physical therapy as well as a master's degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing from the Darla Moore School of Business at USC-Columbia. He continues his involvement with the University of South Carolina as a guest lecturer in both the Doctor of Physical Therapy and MBA programs. Dr. Collier is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, National Association of Health Services Executives, Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers and has served as a director of the American Physical Therapy Association - South Carolina Chapter.
Human Resources Director
Jimega joined the team at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Columbia as the human resources director. She brings with her nine years of recruiting and operational experience in addition to a unique blend of strengths including performance management, employee relations and experience with HRIS systems. Jimega received her bachelor's degree in human resource management and business administration from Limestone University. She enjoys the daily interaction she has between employees and patients.
Director of Case Management
Sara joins Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Columbia with more than 13 years of medical social work experience primarily in the acute care hospital setting. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Clemson University followed by a master’s degree in social work from the University of South Carolina. In 2012, she became an accredited case manager – social worker (ACM-SW) because she knew case management was her passion. As a social worker, Sara understands the importance of meeting patients and families where they are, providing resources and coordinating services to help them work toward their goals.
Director of Plant Operations
Jamie was promoted to director of plant operations in November 2006. His responsibilities include supervision of security, engineering, dietary, housekeeping, materials management and emergency response. A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Jamie has been employed by HealthSouth since 1994. During his employment with Encompass Health, he earned an associate's degree in electronics engineering from Midlands Technical College in 2002.
Chief Nursing Officer
Jessica joined the team at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Columbia in December 2020. She began her career as a registered nurse specializing in oncology. After four years of nursing in a Level I trauma center, Jessica demonstrated progressive leadership, taking on roles like unit assistant nurse manager, nurse manager and operations manager, all within the medical surgical department. She has also served as a clinical practice specialist, working closely with accountable care units, striving for exceptional patient care. Her most recent position includes care for the geriatric population in a long-term care and rehabilitation setting as director of nursing. In addition to two bachelor's degrees from the University of South Carolina, one in nursing and one in political science, she also has a master's degree in nursing, focusing on executive leadership, from Kaplan University. Jessica is passionate about the advancement of the nursing profession, serving as the commission chair on public policy and legislation for the South Carolina Nurses Association.
Associate Medical Director
Dr. Westerkam is the associate medical director at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Columbia focusing on the traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and amputation programs. He sits on the South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Research Fund Board and is an adjunct assistant professor in the department of neurology at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Westerkam graduated from Duke University and attended medical school at Emory. He did his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Westerkam is originally from Irmo, South Carolina.
Dr. Westerkam is an independent private practice physician.
Director of Quality & Risk
Mickey joins Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Columbia as the director of quality & risk. She is a registered nurse with more than 25 years of acute care hospital experience in nursing leadership, performance improvement and quality at the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg, SC. Mickey is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She received her master's degree in nursing administration from the Medical University of South Carolina. Mickey is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society and is a certified professional in healthcare quality.
Director of Pharmacy
Griselda is the director of pharmacy at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Columbia. She brings with her more than 25 years of leadership in various areas of pharmacy. Her professional pharmacy journey has afforded her the opportunity to operate as the pharmacy manager of a large supermarket chain, own a franchise pharmacy-- The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in Augusta, Georgia, she was also the pharmacist in charge at substance abuse treatment facilities. Griselda shares her clinical knowledge at two large teaching hospitals: the former Medical College of Georgia and McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, South Carolina. She also taught at Virginia College, served as the pharmacy operations manager of a 340B clinic, was a medication therapy management consultant, and worked on Johnson and Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine project. Griselda received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia. She brings a myriad of other expertise, clinical knowledge and experiences to add to the excellent leadership team at Encompass Health Columbia.