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Rick Hundorfean named CEO of MUSC Health Medical University of South Carolina Rehabilitation Hospital

Richard HundorfeanCHARLESTON, S.C., Nov. 3, 2021–Rick Hundorfean has been appointed as chief executive officer of MUSC Health Medical University of South Carolina Rehabilitation Hospital, an affiliate of Encompass Health. In his position as CEO, Hundorfean will oversee all of the day-to-day operations, as well as patient care and quality, at the 49-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital, located at 9181 Medcom St., North Charleston. He assumed the position on Oct. 11.

“Rick brings more than twelve years of health care leadership experience in hospital and clinical service line operations to his new role, and I am confident he will make outstanding contributions to MUSC Health Medical University of South Carolina Rehabilitation Hospital,” said Ronnie Wagley, regional vice president of operations for Encompass Health’s South Atlantic region. “Rick is skillful in understanding culture and evaluating organizational structure to attain strategic operating goals. He shares our values and commitment to exceptional patient care and will continue to elevate the high-quality rehabilitative care our hospital provides to patients in our community.”

“Our collaboration with Encompass Health is part of a comprehensive strategic plan that MUSC Health leadership is pursuing for the growth, transformation and long-term viability of our health system,” said Patrick J. Cawley, M.D., CEO of MUSC Health and vice president for Health Affairs, University. “With Rick at the helm of our joint North Charleston facility, we anticipate making even more solid progress in serving patients with severe injuries that require specialized rehabilitation services,” Cawley stated. “In addition, Rick will help to oversee this facility’s role as a valuable residency training site at a time when spots to train new caregivers are in short supply.”

Hundorfean most recently served as CEO of University Hospitals Rehabilitation Hospital in Beachwood, Ohio. In this role, he was responsible for hospital operations, including managing patient outcomes, recruiting and developing hospital leadership, and establishing a positive work culture. He previously served as administrative director of Neurological, Spine & Pain Management Institutes, where he was responsible for all clinical and nonclinical operations for 45 sites of care, and he held multiple leadership roles at Cleveland Clinic for more than nine years. His career highlights include leading change management initiatives, supply chain management and financial oversight for multiple institutions, leading to significant financial gains. He has also led key initiatives for reputation management and employee engagement in multiple leadership roles.

Hundorfean completed his bachelor’s degree in industrial manufacturing and systems engineering at Ohio University and his Master of Business Administration at Baldwin Wallace University.

About Encompass Health
As a national leader in integrated health care services, Encompass Health (NYSE: EHC) offers both facility‑based and home‑based patient care through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies and hospice agencies. With a national footprint that includes 145 hospitals, 250 home health locations and 95 hospice locations in 42 states and Puerto Rico, the Company provides high‑quality, cost-effective integrated health care. Encompass Health is ranked as one of Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For. For more information, visit or follow us on our newsroom, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

About MUSC Health

As the clinical health system of the Medical University of South Carolina, MUSC Health is dedicated to delivering the highest quality and safest patient care while training generations of compassionate, competent health care providers to serve the people of South Carolina and beyond. Close to 25,000 care team members provide care for patients at 14 hospitals, with approximately 2,500 beds, and five additional hospital locations in development; more than 300 telehealth sites; and nearly 750 care locations situated in the Lowcountry, Midlands, Pee Dee and Upstate regions of South Carolina. In 2021, for the seventh consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the No. 1 hospital in South Carolina. To learn more about clinical patient services, visit

MUSC and its affiliates have collective annual budgets of $4.4 billion. The more than 25,000 MUSC team members include world-class faculty, physicians, specialty providers and scientists who deliver groundbreaking education, research, technology and patient care.