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Encompass Health, Memorial Health System expanding to support community need in Gulfport

The 43-bed joint-venture rehabilitation hospital will expand to include 12 additional beds

Birmingham, Ala. and Gulfport, Miss., July 17, 2023– Encompass Health Corp. (NYSE: EHC) and Memorial Health System today announce plans to expand Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital, a partner of Memorial Hospital Gulfport. The 43-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital, located inside of Memorial Hospital Gulfport as a hospital-in-hospital structure, recently received a certificate of need (CON) to add 12 additional beds for a total of 55 beds. Construction is expected to begin this fall, with the hospital remaining fully functional during the expansion. The hospital serves patients recovering from debilitating illnesses and injuries, including strokes and other neurological disorders, amputations, advanced cardiovascular or oncologic conditions, and complex orthopedic conditions.

“This expansion is one that will increase our efforts to transform the health of our community,” said Kent Nicaud, president & CEO of Memorial Health System. “This collaborative effort embodies our dedication to the well-being of our patients. By leveraging our partnership with Encompass Health, we can provide a seamless transition for our patients to ensure they receive the best rehabilitative care possible in a hospital setting.”

“We are excited to expand on our Gulfport rehabilitation hospital in partnership with Memorial Hospital Gulfport. Both Encompass Health and Memorial Health System are united in the mission to provide compassionate care and help patients regain the strength, function and confidence needed to move forward in their lives,” said Brad Kennedy, president of Encompass Health’s South Central Region. “The hospital expansion will allow even more individuals in the Gulfport area and beyond to receive specialized care, close to home. We know this hospital will continue to make a great impact on the lives of patients and their families, and we look forward to continuing to serve the community.”

Memorial Hospital Gulfport is an acute-care, 328-bed facility, offering all major medical, surgical and diagnostic services—including a state-designated Level II Trauma Center, four outpatient surgery center, satellite diagnostic and rehabilitation centers, two nursing centers and more than 100 Memorial Physician Clinics. Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital, a part of Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, opened in 2017 and has since helped nearly 6,500 patients return to their communities. The multidisciplinary rehabilitation team includes physicians, registered nurses, case managers, and dieticians, who combine the latest technologies and individualized treatment plans to help patients progress toward independence. Patients receive at least three hours of therapy, five days per week.

For more information about Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital, a partner of Memorial Hospital at Gulfport, visit

About Memorial Health System

Memorial Health System has been serving the Mississippi Gulf Coast since 1946. Located in Gulfport, Mississippi, Memorial is a not-for-profit medical complex jointly owned by the City of Gulfport and Harrison County. The Memorial footprint includes multiple hospitals licensed for 328 beds, a state-designated Level II Trauma Center, two nursing centers, four outpatient surgery centers, satellite outpatient diagnostic and rehabilitation centers, and more than 100 Memorial Physician Clinics. Memorial offers several of the region's most comprehensive clinical programs and medical specialties unique to the area, including a Level III Neonatal ICU and Mississippi's first nationally certified Primary Stroke Center. Visit to learn more.

About Encompass Health
Encompass Health (NYSE: EHC) is the largest owner and operator of rehabilitation hospitals in the United States. With a national footprint that includes 158 hospitals in 37 states and Puerto Rico, the Company provides high-quality, compassionate rehabilitative care for patients recovering from a major injury or illness, using advanced technology and innovative treatments to maximize recovery. Encompass Health is ranked as one of Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For and Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare. For more information, visit, or follow us on our newsroom, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.