The nation's largest system of rehabilitation hospitals, Encompass Health is the trusted choice of medical professionals.
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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 Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan, we are committed to helping you get back to what matters most. Located in Newnan, we are a leading provider of inpatient rehabilitation for stroke, brain injury, hip fracture and other complex neurological and orthopedic conditions.
When you choose Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan 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.
Each patient’s recovery is different. At Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan, 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:
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.
Chief Executive Officer
Stan Hickson is an experienced healthcare executive with leadership in community hospitals, tertiary hospitals and multi-hospital markets. Stan has a strong background in employee engagement, quality improvement, operational performance improvement, financial performance and physician relations. Prior to joining Encompass Health, he served as the chief operating officer of Renuven Health Partners, a physician clinic specializing in providing medical coverage to over 19 skilled nursing facilities. In addition, Stan served as chief executive officer and president for Ballad Health’s Southern Market where he was responsible for nine hospitals and led the coordination of care, integration of resources across the markets and improved operating margins and quality. He has also served as president of Northside Medical Center in Columbus, GA; executive partner at Advisory Board Company; chief operating officer and vice president at Palmetto Health Richland; and several other senior roles within hospitals and health systems. Having served in both investor-owned and not-for-profit health systems, he is known for creating effective teams, developing strong and effective relationships, excellent communication, being approachable, establishing strategic direction and improving performance. He is committed to creating an engaging workplace culture and organization, valuing the contributions of others, and striving to improve the delivery of healthcare to patients and service to physician partners. Stan earned his bachelor's degree from College of Charleston and his master’s degree in healthcare administration from Medical University of South Carolina.
Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan welcomed Ashli Alexander, M.D., MPH, as medical director in January of 2018. Dr. Alexander is a board certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician. She received her medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and specializes in the management and treatment of complex rehabilitation patients. Dr. Alexander has medical expertise in caring for patients with occupational injuries, neurological disorders, spinal disorders, stroke, amputations, sports-related injuries and pain disorders.
Dr. Alexander is an independent private practice physician.
Director of Therapy Operations
Kent brings more than 20 years of healthcare management and leadership experience to Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan. He graduated from the Medical College of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy and has a master's degree in business administration from the University of West Georgia. He also completed a doctoral degree in physical therapy from the University of Montana. He has been active in the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia serving as a former president and a member of the board of directors.
Director of Business Development
Brandy began her career in healthcare at the early age of 13 as a candy striper at her local hospital. In high school Brandy earned a certification in nursing assisting and later worked as a surgical technician on labor and delivery. Brandy graduated from nursing school in 2005. She has worked in labor and delivery, med-surg, hospice and case management. While working in case management she found a passion for educating patients and families on hospital discharge options. In 2014, Brandy transitioned to the sales and marketing side of post-acute care. Since that time, she has been passionately committed to advocating for patient access to the right care at the right time.
Director of Case Management
Shellee is the director of case management at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan and has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare. She graduated from the University of West Georgia with her associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing with a focus on clinical nurse leadership and with her bachelor’s degree in psychology. Shellee also has a public health teaching certificate in the state of Georgia as a technical expert instructor for Healthcare Science. She has worked in emergency and critical care medicine, labor and delivery, orthopedics, home health was the child health coordinator for Paulding County in the public health field, and taught healthcare science in the Georgia public school system for over 10 years before coming to Encompass Health.
Director of Pharmacy
Akela is the director of pharmacy at Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy in Atlanta, GA. To continue her education, she completed a pharmacy practice residency at Columbus Regional Hospital. Akela has worked at institutions including Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA, Columbus Specialty Hospital in Columbus, GA, West Central Regional Hospital in Columbus, GA and Regional Rehabilitation Hospital in Phenix City, AL.
Director Facilities Management
Wolf began his career with Encompass Health at Walton Rehabilitation Hospital in 2010 as a maintenance mechanic and was promoted to maintenance manager and then facilities management director for Encompass Health’s Newnan Facility in January 2020. His prior experience includes maintenance engineering positions in the hospitality industry. Wolf’s expertise includes engineering, environmental services, security, and safety. Wolf graduated from Pennco Technical College obtaining his degree in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration.
Donovan serves as the area controller for Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Henry and Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan. He brings more than 15 years of accounting and healthcare finance experience to the team. Throughout his career, he has focused on implementing industry best practices to build people, processes and systems. He has experience in medical group management, home health and hospice, and critical access hospitals, as well as implementing information systems. Donovan is a thoughtful and inclusive leader who believes in building relationships while developing a clear strategy to achieve operational goals. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Georgia Southern University.
Director of Quality & Risk
Latesha joins Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan with more than 20 years of experience in healthcare, including serving in various hospital leadership positions. Latesha earned her undergraduate degree in nursing from Lake-Sumter Community College and her master’s degree in nursing with Clinical Nurse Leader credentials at University of West Georgia. In addition, she holds a master's degree in business administration in healthcare administration from South University.
Human Resources Director
Esther serves as the human resources director at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan. Esther began her career in human resources with startups before transitioning to healthcare human resources. She earned a bachelor's degree in business with a human resource management certificate and a master’s degree in business administration, both from the University of Phoenix. In her role, Esther strives to foster a diverse and inclusive workforce and create a positive work environment that makes employees want to come to work each day.
Chief Nursing Officer
Ashley was raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and has lived in the Newnan, Georgia area for the past 12 years. She earned her ADN degree from Southern Union State Community College and a bachelor's degree in nursing from Grand Canyon University. She is currently pursuing an MBA with a focus on healthcare administration. Ashley has been an RN since 2000, working in emergency services, oncology, hospice, quality and leadership. She has served in clinical and operational leadership roles for the past 10 years. Ashley and her husband, Jay, have four children.