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At Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Savannah, we are committed to helping you regain independence after a life-changing illness or injury. Located in Savannah, we are a leading provider of inpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology for stroke, brain injury and other complex neurological and orthopedic conditions.

Using clinical collaboration and advanced technologies, we provide a personalized care plan designed to meet your unique needs and help you achieve your goals.

Our inpatient rehabilitation hospital uses an interdisciplinary team approach that includes physical, speech and occupational therapists, rehabilitation physicians, rehabilitation nurses, case managers, dietitians and more, combined with our advanced technology and expertise, to help you achieve your goals. You will receive at least three hours of therapy five days per week while under the constant care of registered nurses, many of whom specialize in rehabilitation, and frequent independent private practice physician* visits.

Rehabilitation is covered in full or part by most health insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. Our hospital has contracts with most major insurance companies and is willing to negotiate with other companies, as needed.

*The hospital provides access to independent physicians.

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Superior amenities at our hospitals

50 Beds

Televisions

Telephones

Free WiFi

Courtyard

Pet friendly

Interpreter services

Tours available

Support groups

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We proudly display our Gold Seal of Approval™

Joint Commission Accreditation

By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety, our hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission.

Stroke Rehabilitation

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

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The following region contains a Google 3D virtual tour feature that allows a user to view the Encompass Health facility. To assist screen reader users in understanding what is presented in the 3D virtual tour, each image view is independently described within lists that can be found under each linked heading. The room links below our virtual tour leave this website and go directly to Google maps to walk through the hospital.

Please click on the arrows to navigate through the  hallways on each floor. Use the "L" options on the left hand side of the tour window below to navigate through different areas/floors of the hospital for a full virtual tour. See a key to "L" areas below.

  • Outdoor area for rest and relaxation with multiple tables and chairs/benches.
  • Walking track with small stairs for building patient endurance.
  • Gazebo or shaded area for patients and visitors to rest and relax together.
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  • Lobby/Foyer of hospital accessed through main hospital entrance.
  • Main desk in lobby entrance for receptionist and admitting area.
  • Chairs for patients and visitors to use.
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  • Multiple tables and chairs for patients and visitors to eat together.
  • Vending machines for drinks and snacks available for purchase.
  • Buffet style food area with menu, utensils, and condiments to choose.
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  • Multiple tables throughout therapy gym to assist in patient therapies.
  • Exercise equipment throughout gym to be used with technologies in therapy sessions.
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  • Patient room with bed, sink, bathroom, TV and chair for visitors.
  • Wardrobe with storage for personal effects is under the television.
  • Small desk area with chair.
  • Window with exterior view.
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  • Patient room with bed, sink, bathroom, TV and chair for visitors.
  • Wardrobe with storage for personal effects is under the television.
  • Small desk area with chair.
  • Window with exterior view.

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Hospital happenings

Thank you to Liberty County Sheriff Keith Jenkins for coming to our hospital to speak about safety in the community during Employee Safety Week. In 2017, Keith was a patient of ours after he suffered a brain aneurysm. It is always a joy for us to see former patients like Keith and to see all the progress they've made in their recovery!

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Liberty County Sheriff Keith Jenkins

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After beating COVID-19, Stephen Boyette arrived at Encompass Health to regain his strength and mobility. When admitted, he required assistance with all mobility, was on oxygen and didn’t have much endurance. Because of Stephen’s hard work and motivation, our team was able to improve his levels of function and weaned him off the oxygen. After months of being in the hospital, followed by 13 days with us, he is finally going home! Here he is standing with Stephanie, his occupational therapist. Congratulations, Stephen, on your achievements. We wish you the best on your continued recovery!

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After beating COVID-19, Stephen Boyette arrived at Encompass Health to regain his strength and mobility.

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Congratulations Cari Howze on winning the Outstanding Employee Achievement Award for our Southeast region. Cari is the wound care coordinator at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Savannah, Georgia. Though she meets many of her patients at their most vulnerable, she’s still able to make them feel comfortable and relaxed while in her care. Her unique ability to understand and connect with her patients is one of the many reasons she received the award. Congratulations Cari!

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Watch Arnold Lane take his first steps since his stroke thanks to the help of the AutoAmbulator.

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As we celebrate our amazing PTs during Physical Therapy Month, we also want to celebrate our employees with PT credentials who don’t necessarily treat our patients. Meet our liaison PTs—a mix of admission liaisons and rehab liaisons who help bring patients into the hospital. Their PT skills come in handy when pre-screening candidates to see if they could benefit from inpatient therapy. Happy PT month to our very own healthcare heroes and to all PTs out there!

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Happy anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Bridgon! They celebrated 31 years of love with a picnic outside the hospital. While this may not be an ideal anniversary date, being able to see each other and share this moment was very special to them.

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Thank you to the Encompass Health Southeast regional team for treating us to lunch from JThomas Catering. The staff loved it!

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Thank you, Harmony at Savannah, for treating our hospital to Jenni's Treats on the Street! It was a nice cool break in this summer heat!

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See how Keith Jenkins applied karate values to help with his rehabilitation after a brain aneurysm. “When you understand and know your body, you’re going to accomplish a lot of things,” Jenkins said. “Combining therapy with what I knew from my karate skills gave me will power, courage to move forward and not to give up on myself.”

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Want to eat more but weigh less? Dana Harvey, dietitian at Encompass Health Savannah, has some helpful tips.

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Leadership and staff

Wayne Boutwell
Wayne Boutwell

Chief Executive Officer

Wayne is an accomplished hospital operator who has served in healthcare for 24 years.

Wayne is an accomplished hospital operator who has served in healthcare for 24 years. He has served in multiple hospital environments including for-profit systems and not-for-profit systems, as well as short term acute care and post-acute care. Wayne most recently served as the CEO of ContinueCARE Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina. Prior to relocating to South Carolina, Wayne served as the CEO of Regency Hospital in Macon, Georgia. Wayne's other prior roles include serving 12 years with Tenet Healthcare where he served as an associate administrator and later as chief operating officer at Atlanta Medical Center, a two-campus, 762 bed, level 1 trauma center. Wayne holds a master's degree in business administration from Mercer University, and a bachelor's degree in management from the University of Phoenix. He is also a fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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Steven Novack
Dr. Steven Novack

Medical Director

Dr. Novack serves as the director of rehabilitation medicine at the Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Savannah.

Dr. Novack serves as the director of rehabilitation medicine at the Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Savannah. He is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation having completed his residency at Columbia University Presbyterian Hospital in New York City in 1989. Additionally, he is a member of the medical staff at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah.

Dr. Novack is an independent private practice physician.

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Laura Dover
Laura Dover

Business Development Director

Laura is a nurse with over 18 years of experience in the healthcare field.

Laura is a nurse with over 18 years of experience in the healthcare field. She joined the Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Savannah team in March 2020 as a senior rehab liaison and worked to help grow the team and market. Her previous background includes area vice president of business development with a home health agency, clinical management, nurse case manager and bedside nursing experience.

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Greg Dutton
Greg Dutton

Director of Quality

Greg has more than 25 years of experience with positions in healthcare management and the sales industry.

Greg has more than 25 years of experience with positions in healthcare management and the sales industry. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Brewton Parker College.  He is an Eagle Scout and a recipient of the Daughters of the American Revolution Citizenship Medal. When not at work, he enjoys the outdoors and is an avid sports fan. 

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Marlon Epps
MARLON EPPS

Facilities Management Director

Marlon has more than 25 years of experience in managing and directing facility operations.

Marlon has more than 25 years of experience in managing and directing facility operations. Having worked in city government, healthcare and the airline industry, Marlon brings a wealth of experience managing significant spaces and equipment to ensure continuous operations. Marlon has a background in engineering and construction management. A local Savannah native, Marlon is a fan of restoring classic cars, rehabilitation old houses and enjoys all things outdoors.

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Jennifer Griffey
Jennifer Griffey

Controller

Jennifer joins Encompass with more than 15 years of combined accounting and finance experience.

Jennifer joined the team at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Bluffton in 2021 with 15 years of combined accounting and finance experience. She has had held various positions in the healthcare setting including controller of a 173-bed hospital and CFO of a critical access hospital. Jennifer received her bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University and a master's degree in accounting from Southern New Hampshire University. She is a native of the San Francisco bay area and is excited to now call South Carolina home.

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Molly Hanna
MOLLY DUTTON, LMSW, CCM

Director of Case Management

Molly graduated with a master’s degree in social work from Florida State University.

Molly graduated with a master’s degree in social work from Florida State University. She is a certified trainer in dealing with patients with dementia behaviors. With over ten years of healthcare case management experience, Molly joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Savannah in 2017. She remains an active member in several community and national groups including the Coalition of Advocates for Georgia’s Elderly, Greater Savannah Coalition on Aging, Community Healthcare Connections, the NASW and the CSWA.

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Carla James
CARLA JAMES

Chief Nursing Officer

Carla has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare providing excellence and efficiency in hospital outcomes and quality evidence-based patient care.

Carla has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare providing excellence and efficiency in hospital outcomes and quality evidence-based patient care. She joined the Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Savannah team in 2020 as the chief nursing officer bringing many years of progressive leadership experience with her. Carla earned a bachelor's degree from Armstrong Atlantic State University. She earned master's degrees in science nursing and business administration and a doctorate in nursing practice from Georgia Southern University. Carla is a native of Savannah and remains an active member in several community and national groups including the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Beta Gamma Sigma, Sigma Theta Tau and the American Organization of Nursing Leadership.

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Susan Parys
SUSAN PARYS, P.T.

Director of Therapy Operations

Susan graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 1995 with her degree in physical therapy.

Susan graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in 1995 with her degree in physical therapy. She attended the University of Georgia for her undergraduate studies in exercise science and worked as a student athletic trainer with the UGA Women’s Gymnastics team for three years. She began her professional career as a physical therapists/manager in an inpatient rehab and acute care hospital in Savannah, GA in 1995. She served as a regional rehab director and divisional director of rehabilitation serving seniors from 2006 -2021. Susan is passionate for providing all patients with excellent interdisciplinary rehab services and supporting the patients & families’ therapy goals. Susan is very excited to join the Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Savannah team to contribute to the patients’ journey to recover and regain their quality of life.

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