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Welcome to Encompass Health Washington Regional

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, a partner of Washington Regional, we are committed to helping you get back to what matters most. Located in Fayetteville, 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, a partner of Washington Regional 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, a partner of Washington Regional, 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

Courtyard

Interpreter Services

Spanish Translators Available

Tours Available

Support Groups

Volunteers

Parking

Nonsmoking

Service Animals Allowed

Student Observation Hours

Onsite Dialysis

Bariatric Rooms

Family Lounge

Day Room

Transportation Services

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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.

Parkinson's Disease Rehabilitation

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

Amputee Rehabilitation

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

Sonja Buchanan
SONJA BUCHANAN

Chief Executive Officer

Sonja was named CEO of Encompass Health Fayetteville in October 2023.

Sonja was named CEO of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Fayetteville, a partner of Washington Regional, in October 2023. Sonja brings more than 20 years of diverse clinical experience and a wealth of managerial skills to Encompass Health Fayetteville. She is experienced in many facets of rehabilitation healthcare including acute care and inpatient rehabilitation, pediatrics with emphasis on school age populations, home health and long-term care focusing on dementia management. Sonja consistently advocates for her patients and ensures they receive the top level of care. In addition, she prides herself on continual professional development for her rehabilitation staff. Sonja is a graduate of the University of Central Arkansas where she received degrees in occupational therapy and psychology. She resides in Fayetteville, Arkansas with her husband.

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Jason Hunt MD
Jason Hunt, M.D.

Medical Director

Dr. Hunt graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2014.

Dr. Hunt graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2014 and completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Hunt joined Encompass Health in August 2018.

*Encompass Health provides access to independent physicians

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Jessica Abramson
JESSICA ABRAMSON

Chief Nursing Officer

Jessica joined Encompass Health in 2016 as a bedside nurse.

Jessica joined Encompass Health in 2016 as a bedside nurse and has held roles as a house supervisor and nurse manager in addition to earning her CRRN before becoming chief nursing officer. As CNO, she is committed to developing and implementing patient-centered care that prioritizes compassion, empathy and respect. In addition to a commitment to clinical excellence, she strives to create a supportive and engaging work environment for nurses, advocating for their professional development, well-being and the recognition of their invaluable contributions.

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Jerry Etheredge
JERRY ETHEREDGE

Director of Therapy Operations

Jerry began his career as a physical therapist at Encompass Health Fayetteville in 2013.

Jerry began his career as a physical therapist at Encompass Health Fayetteville in 2013. He quickly discovered his passion for treating stroke patients, acquiring his neurodevelopmental treatment certification in 2017. Jerry was promoted to physical therapy team lead in 2018 and remained in that role until he was named director of therapy operations in December 2023. Jerry enjoys gardening and outdoor sports and lives in Northwest Arkansas with his wife and children.

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Brandia Howard
Brandia Howard

Business Development Director

Brandia has more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience with an emphasis in business development.

Brandia has more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience with an emphasis in business development. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree and Master’s degree in human resource development from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. Brandia joined the leadership team at Encompass Health Fayetteville in September 2018.

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Clint Johnson
Clint Johnson, Pharm D

Director of Pharmacy

Clint Johnson has overseen pharmacy operations at Encompass Health Fayetteville since January 2019.

Clint Johnson has overseen pharmacy operations at Encompass Health Fayetteville since January 2019. He has more than 10 years of experience as a pharmacist, receiving his Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from Hendrix College. He has worked in most healthcare settings, including long-term care, hospital and retail pharmacy, with management experience in each area.

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Julie Lonon
JULIE LONON

Director of Quality & Risk

Julie has been with Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital, a partner of Washington Regional since 2009.

Julie has been with Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital, a partner of Washington Regional since 2009. She has served in many roles, including CNA, unit clerk and HIMS supervisor. Her patient care and management experience lend to her passion for patient safety and overall experience. Julie graduated from Northwest Arkansas Community College with an associate degree in health information management and joined the Fayetteville leadership team in August 2022.

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Corey Thomason
Corey Thomason

Controller

Corey joined the Encompass Health Fayetteville leadership team in June 2019.

Corey joined the Encompass Health Fayetteville leadership team in June 2019. Corey is an Arkansas native and brings more than 19 years of financial management experience. She graduated in 2000 from Ouachita Baptist University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

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Margaret Tremwel
Margaret Tremwel, MD

Stroke & Neuro Director

Dr. Tremwel practices as a stroke neurologist and serves as medical director of Washington Regional Medical Center's Comprehensive Stroke Program.

Dr. Tremwel practices as a stroke neurologist and serves as medical director of Washington Regional Medical Center's Comprehensive Stroke Program. Dr. Tremwel, who has been in practice as a stroke neurologist since 2001, earned her medical degree from the University of Florida, where she also completed her neurology residency. She completed a fellowship in cerebrovascular disease and stroke from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is board certified in neurology and vascular neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Tremwel joined Washington Regional in 2014 as the medical center expanded its neuroscience services to include advanced treatment options not available elsewhere in the region.

Dr. Tremwel is an independent private practice physician.

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Adam Walker
Adam Walker

Director of Plant Operations

Adam joined Encompass Health in 2012 as a maintenance mechanic.

Adam joined Encompass Health in 2012 as a maintenance mechanic. He completed the Encompass Health Plant Operations Manager training program and was promoted to director of plant operations in February 2018.

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