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Local playwright recovers from accident at Rusk Rehabilitation Hospital


Playwright and truck driver Hartley Wright is grateful for the support of family and friends after a crash involving a concrete mixer left him with many broken bones, resulting in nearly two weeks in the ICU and 20 days in an acute care hospital.

Writer Emerges With New Perspective After Traumatic Experience


On Aug. 5, 2021, Wright was driving a mixer just south of Columbia on Highway 63 when he changed lanes to make room for a vehicle merging into traffic. Concrete mixers are notoriously hard to handle because of their massive weight and high center of gravity, and the sudden lane change caused Wright to lose control. The truck tipped over, throwing Wright onto his left side with tremendous force. No other vehicles were involved.

Rusk Rehabilitation Hospital demonstrates commitment to excellence by achieving recertification for five disease-specific rehabilitation programs


Rusk Rehabilitation Hospital, an affiliate of Encompass Health and MU Health Care, recently achieved recertification for Disease-Specific Care from The Joint Commission for five of its rehabilitation programs, including stroke, spinal cord injury, amputee, brain injury, and hip fracture. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

51-year-old spends weeks in ICU and rehabilitation to recover from COVID-19


Phil Neff considered himself an active and healthy 51-year-old who enjoyed hiking the trails of Columbia. However, in mid-July he contracted COVID-19 and his symptoms continued to worsen in the weeks ahead. On July 27, Phil was admitted to the hospital where he spent several weeks in the ICU and was finally released on August 13.

Tom Tisone named CEO of Rusk Rehabilitation Hospital, an affiliation of Encompass Health and MU Health Care


Tom Tisone, MBA, CMPE, has been appointed as chief executive officer of Rusk Rehabilitation Hospital, an affiliation of Encompass Health and University of Missouri Health Care. In his position as CEO, Tisone will oversee all of the day-to-day operations as well as patient care and quality at the 60-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital, located at 315 Business Loop 70 West. He assumes the position on Aug. 24, 2020.

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