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At Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan, we are committed to helping you regain independence after a life-changing illness or injury. Located in Newnan, we serve the Atlanta metro area as a leading provider of 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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Superior amenities at our hospitals

60 Beds

Televisions

Telephones

Free WiFi

Cafeteria

Courtyard

Interpreter services

Tours available

Nonsmoking

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We proudly display our Gold Seal of Approval™

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.

2021 Stroke Center of Excellence winner

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. 

Leadership and staff

Ashli Alexander
Ashli Alexander, M.D., MPH

Medical Director

Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan welcomed Ashli Alexander, M.D., MPH, as medical director in January of 2018.

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.

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Kent Buchanan
Kent Buchanan

Director of Therapy Operations

Kent brings more than 20 years of healthcare management and leadership experience to Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan.

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.

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Michelle Draper
SHELLEE DRAPER MSN, RN, CNL, CCM

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.

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.

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Akela Fordham
Akela A. Fordham, Pharm.D.

Director of Pharmacy

Akela is the director of pharmacy at Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan.

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.

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Wolf Guillaume
Wolf Guillaume

Director Facilities Management

Wolf began his career with Walton Rehabilitation Hospital in 2010 as a maintenance mechanic before becoming facilities management director for Encompass Health’s Newnan Facility in January 2020.

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.

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Donovan Steward
DONOVAN STEWARD

Area Controller

Donovan serves as the area controller for Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Henry and Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan.

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.

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Latesha Tsoungui
Latesha Tsoungui, MBA-HCA, MSN

Director of Quality & Risk Management

Latesha joins Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan with more than 20 years of experience in healthcare.

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.

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Ester Van Gundy
ESTHER VAN GUNDY, MBA, SHRM-CP

Human Resources Director

Esther serves as the human resources director at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan.

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.

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Ashley Woodie
ASHLEY O. WOODIE, BSN, RN

Chief Nursing Officer

Ashley was raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and has lived in the Newnan, Georgia area for the past 12 years.

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.

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