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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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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

Nathan Ford
NATHAN FORD

CEO

Nathan began his career with Encompass Health in 2012.

Nathan has served as chief executive officer of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Shelby County since October 2019. Nathan first joined Encompass Health in 2012 as a registered nurse. Nathan has held various leadership positions within Encompass Health, including associate administrator of Encompass Health in Chattanooga, Tenn. and chief nursing officer of Encompass Health in Phenix City, Ala.. Nathan received his associate’s degree in nursing from Chattahoochee Valley Community College and he received his Bachelor of Science in nursing as well as his Master of Science in nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing. He is a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse and a member of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.

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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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Rebecca Clark
Rebecca Clark

Area Business Development Director

Rebecca joined Encompass Health in 2016 as a rehabilitation liaison prior to becoming business development director in 2019.

Rebecca joined Encompass Health in 2016 as a rehabilitation liaison at Lakeshore Rehabilitation Hospital prior to being named business development director at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Shelby County in 2019. Rebecca is a registered nurse and brings with her more than 25 years of leadership and clinical experience. Prior to joining Encompass Health, she was area vice president for Amedisys and was responsible for seven locations in Alabama. Rebecca received her nursing degree from the University of West Alabama and has held her RN license since 1995.

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Stephanie Cocherell
Stephanie Cocherell

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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Shannon Haywood
Shannon Haywood, OT

Director of Therapy Operations

Shannon graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree and a certificate in occupational therapy.
Shannon graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree and a certificate in occupational therapy. She has over 29 years of experience in adult rehabilitation and has completed NEURO-IFRAH certification for the treatment and management of adults with hemiplegia from a stroke or brain injury. Shannon joined Encompass Health Lakeshore, formerly HealthSouth, in 1998. She held staff and leadership positions as senior occupational therapist and therapy manager before transitioning to Encompass Health Shelby County in April 2020 as DTO.
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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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Rachel Wilson
RACHEL WILSON, RN

Director of Quality & Risk

Rachel joined Encompass Health in May 2021 with more than 20 years of clinical quality experience.

Rachel joined Encompass Health in May 2021 with more than 20 years of clinical quality experience. Prior to joining Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Shelby County, she served as the regional director of clinical operations for Noland Health Services, director of quality, compliance and risk for Strategic Behavioral Health and the director of nursing for Harlingen Acute Care. She was an adjunct faculty and director of continuing education with the University of Texas at Brownsville. Rachel earned her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas and she holds a teaching certificate in nurse education focused on adult learning and instructional design. Rachel is trained in the Six Sigma and LEAN process improvement principles.

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