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Welcome to our hospital

At Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Shelby County, we are committed to helping you regain independence after a life-changing illness or injury. Located in Pelham and serving the greater Birmingham area, we are an inpatient rehabilitation hospital that provides inpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology for stroke 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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What to expect

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Superior amenities at our hospitals

34 Private rooms

Televisions

Telephones

Nonsmoking

Free WiFi

Interpreter services

Courtyard

Pet friendly

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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.

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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.

Please click on the arrows to navigate through the hallways on each floor. Use the "L" options on the right-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.

  • Driveway patient accessible entrance leading to sliding front doors.
  • Sliding doors with magazine racks and luggage carts.
  • Sliding doors leading to reception desk and hallway.
  • Patient seating available by entrance doors.
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  • Nurses station with hallways leading to other areas of the hospital.
  • Partitioned areas for employees to work.
  • Doorway leading to day room.
  • Dayroom with multiple tables and chairs for dining or playing games.
  • Countertop area with sink and cabinets.
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  • Tables and chairs for dining.
  • Television and artwork on walls.
  • Vending machines for drinks and snacks.
  • Hot and cold buffet style food bars.
  • Fountain drink and hot drink machines available in cafeteria.
  • Station with plasticware, straws and napkins.
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  • Therapy room with various equipment and technology such as parallel bars.
  • Therapy beds line walls for individual therapy sessions.
  • Windows lining wall.
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  • Courtyard surrounded by outside of hospital and trees.
  • Staircase with railing.
  • View of lawn and parking lot.
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  • Single patient bed with nightstand and large window.
  • Sink and mirror beside bed.
  • Wardrobe for personal items as well as desktop, chair and TV.
  • Door leading to bathroom.
  • Doorway leading to hall.

Hospital happenings

Employees of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Shelby County raising awareness during National Rehabilitation Awareness Week. This year’s theme was Discover the Possibilities.

- Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Shelby County

Leadership at our hospital

Meet the leadership and staff at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Shelby County

Michael Bartell, MPH,FACHE
Micheal Bartell, MPH, FACHE

Area Chief Executive Officer

In 2021, Michael was named area CEO of Encompass Health Lakeshore and Encompass Health of Shelby County.

In 2021, Michael was named area CEO of Encompass Health Lakeshore and Encompass Health of Shelby County. He has served as Encompass Health Lakeshore’s CEO since July 2018. He previously served as CEO of Encompass Health’s hospital in Phenix City, Alabama, and as the associate administrator at the Company’s hospital in Sarasota, Florida. He also has experience serving as a director of a product line and a vice president of marketing and business development in acute care hospitals in California. Michael received a master’s degree in public health specializing in health administration from Loma Linda University and a bachelor’s degree in health science from Fresno Pacific University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Keneshia Kirksey
Keneshia Kirksey

Medical Director

Dr. Kirksey is a graduate of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.

Dr. Kirksey is a graduate of the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. She completed her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Carolinas Rehabilitation in Charlotte, NC where she served as chief resident. Prior to joining Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Shelby County, Dr. Kirksey was a member of the physical medicine and rehabilitation department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she held the position of residency program director and medical director of the spinal cord injury inpatient program. She is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Kirksey is an independent private practice physician.

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Stephanie Cocherell
Stephanie Cocherell

Area Director of Pharmacy

Stephanie began her career with Encompass Health in 2016.
Stephanie began her career with Encompass Health in 2016. She has served in the role of director of pharmacy since February of 2020. She has over 12 years of pharmacy experience, starting as pharmacy technician before earning her bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences and her Doctorate of Pharmacy from Auburn University. She has practiced for 5 years as a licensed pharmacist with 4 of those in a hospital setting.
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Michael Cowan
MICHAEL COWAN

Director of Therapy Operations

Michael began his career with Encompass Health in 2018 as a physical therapist at Encompass Health Shelby County.

Michael began his career with Encompass Health in 2018 as a physical therapist at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Shelby County. He served in the therapy department as a senior physical therapist for more than three years before being promoted to director of therapy operations. Michael obtained his doctorate degree in physical therapy at the University of South Alabama and has also received a certification in neuro-developmental treatment.

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Leslie Garrett
LESLIE GARRETT

Human Resources Director

Leslie began her career with Encompass Health in 2021 with more than 20 years of human resources experience.

Leslie began her career with Encompass Health in 2021 with more than 20 years of human resources experience. Prior to joining Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Shelby County, she served as the human resource manager for Noland Health Services. Leslie earned her bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the University of Southern Mississippi.

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Sumer Herald
Sumer Herald

Director of Case Management

Sumer has been employed a Encompass Health since 2014 and was named director of case management in 2018.
Sumer has been employed a Encompass Health since 2014 and was named director of case management in 2018. She brings more than six years of clinical social work experience to Encompass Health of Shelby County. Sumer is a certified case manager and earned her master’s degree in social work at the University of Alabama.
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Danny Ivicsics
Daniel Ivicsics

Director of Facilities

Danny began his career in residential maintenance and facilities in 1990.

Danny began his career in residential maintenance and facilities in 1990. In 2009, Danny joined Encompass Health as a maintenance mechanic at the Rehab Institute of St. Louis. Danny served as a maintenance supervisor prior to his transition to the Shelby County location in 2020.

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Ryan Killingsworth
Ryan Killingsworth

Chief Nursing Officer

Ryan earned his MSN from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2016 and his master’s degree in healthcare administration in 2019.

Ryan joined Encompass Health in March 2021. He earned his MSN from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2016 and his master’s degree in healthcare administration in 2019. Ryan’s clinical experience includes surgical intensive care, neurological intensive care and PACU. He served as the assistant nurse manager in UAB’s Abdominal Transplant Unit and as the advanced nursing coordinator for perioperative services before being promoted to the director of ambulatory services at The Kirklin Clinic. Ryan has served on the junior board of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and has consistently assisted the organization for nine years. He also holds a green belt certification in Lean Six Sigma.

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Cheryl Pierce
CHERYL PIERCE

Area Business Development Director

Cheryl began her career at Encompass Health Lakeshore Rehabilitation Hospital in 1997.

Cheryl began her career at Encompass Health Lakeshore Rehabilitation Hospital in 1997, serving as an occupational therapist in our inpatient and outpatient department. In 2019, she had the opportunity to move into marketing as a rehab liaison and then continue her career by promoting to senior rehab liaison, then to business development director for Encompass Health Gadsden in 2021 for a short period of time and then back to Birmingham in August 2021 as area business development director over both Lakeshore and Shelby hospitals.

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Katy Reed
Katy Reed

Director of Quality & Risk

Katy joined Encompass Health in 2016 as a quality & risk coordinator.

Katy joined Encompass Health in 2016 as a quality & risk coordinator. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee and her master’s degree in biomedical ethics from Albany Medical College. Then, in 2015, she earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. Prior to joining Encompass Health Lakeshore, Katy held an ethics committee post with Children’s Hospital of Alabama and served as a law clerk for the U.S. District Court of Northern Alabama. Additionally, Katy is certified as a Six Sigma Green Belt.

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