Encompass Health is a national sponsor of Together to End Stroke
This hospital is accredited by
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 Middletown, we are committed to helping you get back to what matters most. Located in Middletown, 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 Middletown 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.
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Each patient’s recovery is different. At Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Middletown, 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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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 brain injury 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.
Area Chief Executive Officer
Mat joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Middletown in July 2014 after having spent the first 10 years of his career in various acute care leadership roles. Promoted in 2018 to Area CEO, Mat now supports our hospital operations in Reading, PA, Vineland, NJ and Portland, ME in addition to maintaining day to day oversight of Encompass Health Middletown. Mat received his bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Tennessee and his master's degree in healthcare administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. Since joining Encompass Health, he has enjoyed supporting the community by serving on various leadership boards with organizations such as the American Heart/Stroke Association, the Arthritis Foundation and the Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Ashish Khandelwal started his career as attending physician at Muroe Regional Medical Center and Ocala Regional Medical Center Ocala, Fla. in 2006. He joined as an attending physician at Christiana Care Hospital Newark DE in 2010 till present. Dr. Khandewal completed an internal medicine residency program at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY Weil Medical College, Cornell University Affiliate in 2006. Dr. Khandelwal received his medical degree from Dr S N Medical College, Jodhpur India in 1998. He has years of experience as an attending at CardioVascular and Joint Center Program at Munroe Regional and Ocala Regional Medical Center at Florida and Neurology, Neurosurgery Unit and Joint Center at Christiana Care Hospital which provides him with in depth knowledge of patients requiring acute inpatient rehabilitation care. Dr. Khandelwal has held leadership positions at CCHS leading interdisciplinary teams to increase patient satisfaction and quality outcomes. His leadership is integral to Cokesbury Village in Hockessin, DE where he provides medical directorship services.
Dr. Khandelwal is an independent private practice physician.
Chief Nursing Officer
Becky started her career with Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Middletown as a staff nurse when the hospital opened in December 2014. She moved to charge nurse before being promoted to her current position of chief nursing officer. Her experience includes working in areas of cardiac and acute care. She achieved her associate's degree in nursing from Delaware Technical and Community College and is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in nursing at Wilmington University in Dover.
Director of Therapy Operations
Lauren joined Encompass Health in March 2020. She has 12 years of experience caring for patients as a physical therapist, with experience in both inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient sports and orthopedics. Most recently, she was a partner and site manager for an outpatient company based in Delaware. She is passionate about mentoring and guiding the careers of newer clinicians in order to provide evidenced based care and allow for the best clinical outcomes. She is a board certified in both orthopedics and sports and holds a doctorate degree in physical therapy from University of Delaware, currently ranked as the top physical therapy program in the United States.
Director of Pharmacy
Darrall has been with Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Middletown since 2010. He has more than 15 years of healthcare experience including: inpatient rehabilitation, community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy in small community and university medical centers, pharmaceutical research, and medical writing. Darrall earned his doctor of pharmacy degree from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, PA. His professional interests include drug information, physical medicine and rehabilitation, nutrition, and family medicine. His passion is to provide the highest level of pharmaceutical care to his patients and the pursuit of life-long learning.
Senior Human Resources Director
Anitra Jones has worked in human resources and recruiting for 13 years. Her professional experience includes policy-planning, management, personnel development, benefits and recruitment. Anitra has demonstrated experience in addressing and implementing strategic plans for talent acquisition, retention and succession planning. She has a special focus on: OSHA reporting, organization re-engineering, team building, presentation and public speaking, training and mentoring, employee relations and customer relationship management. Anitra holds her Bachelor of Science degree from Lincoln University, Pa., in addition to various HR certifications.
Director of Quality & Risk
Dustin joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Middletown in September 2018 as the nurse manager. He was promoted to director of quality & risk management in July 2022. Dustin has extensive experience in critical care having spent 17 years in a level one trauma center as a bedside nurse and several years as an assistant nurse manager. Dustin achieved his associate degree in nursing from Delaware Technical and Community College in 2006. He went on to get a bachelor’s degree in science from Immaculata University in 2010 and received his master’s degree in nursing with a leadership concentration from Wilmington University in 2022.
Facilities Management Director
Kevin joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Middletown in December 2014. Most recently he served as the director of support services in an acute care hospital and brings extensive knowledge in facility and safety management to the Encompass Health Middletown. Kevin has more than 30 years in health care experience.
Director of Case Management
Katisha joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Middletown in February 2020. With an extensive background in acute care hospitals, she brings more than 16 years of combined experience in the healthcare industry to her role as director of case management. Katisha earned her bachelor’s degree in behavioral science from Wilmington University and her master’s degree in social work from Delaware State University.
Business Development Director
Christie Watlington joined Encompass Health as a clinical nurse liaison in 2014 at the newly opened Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Middletown. She was promoted to senior liaison in 2016 where she worked closely with the leadership team. In 2021 she was promoted to business development director. Christie has extensive experience in the areas of orthopedic, neurological and trauma-related injuries after having spent 14 years as a registered nurse in a level one trauma center. Her community involvement includes volunteering and participating in many groups, organizations and schools in the Middletown area. She also serves on the committee for fundraising efforts to support the American Heart Association of Delaware. Christie earned her nursing degree at Delaware Technical and Community College in 2000.