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Welcome to Encompass Health North Alabama

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 North Alabama, we are committed to helping you get back to what matters most. Located in Huntsville, 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 North Alabama 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.

Learn what to expect during inpatient rehabilitation

Better Rehabilitation Starts Here

Each patient’s recovery is different. At Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of North Alabama, 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

85 Private rooms

Televisions

Telephones

Free WiFi

Two courtyards

Pet friendly

Nonsmoking

Interpreter services

Spanish translators available

Tours available

Student observation hours

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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.

Brain Injury Rehabilitation

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

Hip Fracture Rehabilitation

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

Amputee Rehabilitation

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

Leadership and Staff

Brent Mills
Brent Mills

Chief Executive Officer

Brent joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Shreveport in December of 2020 as the hospital’s inaugural CEO.

Brent joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Shreveport in December of 2020 as the hospital’s inaugural CEO. He has dedicated his entire, 23+ year career to healthcare and brings operational experience in acute care, ambulatory surgical care, imaging and inpatient surgery to his role. Before becoming CEO of Encompass Health of Shreveport, he served as the chief operating officer for Parkhill Health in Dallas, Texas. A proven healthcare leader, Brent completed his bachelor’s degree of science in business management and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.

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Mitu Patel Medical Director
MITUL PATEL

Medical Director

Mitul started at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of North Alabama in March 2022.

Mitul started at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of North Alabama in March 2022, and was appointed medical director in April 2022.. He became passionate about the rehabilitation aspect of care and decided to pursue the care for both medicine and rehabilitation for the hospital. Prior to coming to Huntsville, he joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Alexandria in July 2019 as a consulting nephrologist. He is a board certified physician in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. Dr. Patel went to medical school at Ross University and trained at Westlake Hospital and Loyola University Medical Center in the Chicago area.

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Deborah Beecham
DEB BEECHAM

Director of Case Management

Deb has been the director of case management at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of North Alabama since 2014.

Deb has been the director of case management at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of North Alabama since 2014. Deb has been a certified rehabilitation nurse, (CRRN) since 2012 and is also an accredited case manager (ACM). She has been a nurse for more than 30 years. Deb received her bachelor's degree in human services from Martin Methodist College. She has lived in the North Alabama/South Tennessee area for more than 25 years.

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Karen Brown
KAREN BROWN

Human Resources Director

Karen has served as the director of human resources since June 2023.

Karen has served as the director of human resources since June 2023. She graduated from Jacksonville State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration/marketing. She has a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification through HRCI. Karen has worked as a human resources business partner and director in a variety of healthcare settings since 2007. Her experience includes providing human resources support to a large healthcare system in South Carolina and at a rural hospital in Tennessee. Karen was raised in North Alabama but spent a great deal of her professional career in upstate South Carolina. She is excited to have the opportunity to serve the employees and patients of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of North Alabama.

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Tyler Deason Controller
TYLER DEASON

Controller

Tyler has been with Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of North Alabama since 2009.

Tyler joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of North Alabama in 2009 as an inpatient accountant at the corporate office. He moved to Sunrise Rehabilitation Hospital as an accounting manager in November 2016 to gain knowledge of healthcare industry at the facility level. In January 2018 he transferred to Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of North Memphis as the controller. Then he moved to Encompass Health of North Alabama in Huntsville as controller. He is a graduate from Auburn University class of 2007 and passed the CPA exam in 2012.

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Erica Rollins, Quality & Risk Director
JANA FOWLER

Health Information Management Services Director

Jana joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation of North Alabama in 2015.

Jana joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation of North Alabama in 2015. Jana holds bachelor's degrees from Birmingham-Southern College and University of Alabama at Birmingham. Jana has over 24 years of varied health information management experience. She earned her juris doctorate from Birmingham school of law. She has maintained her registered health information administrator credential since 1995.

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Kristina Goodwin
KRISTINA GOODWIN

Chief Nursing Officer

Kristina joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of North Alabama in February 2023.

Kristina joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of North Alabama in February 2023.

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Tiffany Latham
TIFFANY LATHAM

Director of Quality

Tiffany has been with Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of North Alabama since May 2018.

Tiffany has been with Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of North Alabama since May 2018. She became the director of quality in January 2024.

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Brian Manly, FMD
BRIAN MANLEY

Facilities Management Director

Brian joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of North Alabama in October 2021.

Brian joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of North Alabama in October 2021. He has more than 18 years of hospital facilities and construction experience. Brian has been an active member of the Alabama society for healthcare engineers since 2010.

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David South
DAVID SOUTH

Director of Pharmacy

David joined the pharmacy team at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of North Alabama in fall 2022.

David joined the pharmacy team at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of North Alabama in the fall of 2022. He has been a licensed pharmacist in the state of Alabama for more than eight years. He completed his PharmD at Samford University in 2014 and completed two years of residency training in Health-System Pharmacy Administration at UNC-Chapel Hill. Following his residency, David returned to Alabama and worked for several years in large, acute-care settings. He is excited about transitioning to the inpatient rehabilitation environment and learning more about providing pharmaceutical care for rehabilitation patients.

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Chelsea Sowards
CHELSEA SOWARDS

Director of Therapy Operations

Chelsea has served as the director of therapy operations since March of 2018.

Chelsea has served as the director of therapy operations since March of 2018. She began her career with Encompass Health in 2011 in Evansville, Indiana and transferred to North Alabama two years later. Chelsea is a graduate of Purdue University and later earned her master's degree in occupational therapy from the University of Indianapolis. Chelsea has specialized in the evaluation and treatment of brain injury and neurological disorders and earned her certification in neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT).

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Amber Wilson
AMBER WILSON

Business Development Director

Amber joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of North Alabama in April 2024.

Amber joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of North Alabama in April 2024 as our business development director. She began her career in December 2010 when she graduated from Central Alabama Community College with her nursing degree. She began working in a long-term care setting, where she was employed for approximately 10 years. During that time, she was a bedside nurse before being promoted to nurse manager/floor administrator. She served in that role for roughly five years. Amber then joined a sales and marketing team as a clinical liaison serving the Birmingham market. In October 2020, she began her career with Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Gadsden as a rehab liaison. In this position she was cross trained as a hybrid liaison working in the field as well as in the admissions office. In October 2022, Encompass Health established the Birmingham virtual marketing team, which serviced all Encompass Health hospitals in the State of Alabama. On this team, Amber served as the senior rehab liaison, prior to relocating to her role with us here at North Alabama.

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