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Welcome to our hospital

At Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital, a partner of Memorial Hospital of Gulfport, we are committed to helping you regain independence after a life-changing illness or injury. Located in Gulfport and serving the surrounding area including Biloxi, Ocean Springs, Long Beach and Diamond Head, we are a leading provider of inpatient rehabilitation for stroke, hip fracture, 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

33 Beds

Televisions

Telephones

Cafeteria

Free WiFi

Nonsmoking

Courtyard

Pet friendly

Interpreter services

Spanish translators available

Tours available

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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.

L0 - Lobby
  • Sliding doors leading to reception desk and hallway.
  • Patient seating available on both sides of entrance doors.
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  • Room with couches and chairs to sit.
  • Day room is open to the hallway.
  • Small round tables with chairs.
  • Bookshelf with various reading materials and a TV.
  • Windows lining wall with potted plants on the table.
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  • Therapy room with various equipment and technology such as parallel bars.
  • Therapy beds line walls for individual therapy sessions.
  • Room divided in to two therapy spaces.
  • Windows lining wall.
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  • Single patient bed with nightstand and large window.
  • Alcove with couch and chairs for sitting with picture on wall and a window.
  • Closet space between two desktop workstations.
  • Sink opposite of desk workspace.
  • Bathroom with toilet, shower and accessibility seats and door for privacy.
  • Doorway leading to hall.
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  • Single patient bed with nightstand and large window.
  • Alcove with couch and chairs for sitting with picture on wall and a window.
  • Closet space between two desktop workstations.
  • Sink opposite of desk workspace.
  • Bathroom with toilet, shower and accessibility seats and door for privacy.
  • Doorway leading to hall.

Hospital happenings

Every October we celebrate National Physical Therapy Month, an annual opportunity to raise awareness about the benefits of physical therapy. We would like to highlight a few of physical therapists in appreciation of their service to our hospital. This week’s highlights feature Kelly Flanary, Heather Graham, Meghan Maddox, Destiny Sanders, Jeremy Strieff and Patrick Worth for all of their hard work. Next week, we’ll highlight more of our physical therapy staff.

- Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital, a partner of Memorial Hospital of Gulfport

Physical therapy month

Hospital happenings

Katie Finley is excited to celebrate her Independence Day as she rings the bell. She says that she is so thankful for our facility and the progress she has made. She is pictured with her physical therapist, Maegan St. Armant, who has been very helpful in her journey.

- Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital, a partner of Memorial Hospital of Gulfport

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Katie Finley

Hospital happenings

Our CEO is getting her flu vaccine from Jessica Rehmann, infection control nurse and hospital educator. Don’t let flu season take you by surprise. Get your flu shot now!

- Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital, a partner of Memorial Hospital of Gulfport

Hospital happenings

On their final day of therapy, patients get to ring the bell to celebrate their independence. Pictured here is Mr. Hilaire Dastugue, who just completed his rehabilitation journey. He is very satisfied with our hospital and is eager to get back to his daily activities at home. He is pictured with his physical therapist, Kelly Flanary.

- Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital, a partner of Memorial Hospital of Gulfport

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Hospital happenings

It’s National Rehabilitation Awareness Week and our patients are celebrating by painting birdhouses as a part of the Discover the Possibilities theme.

- Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital, a partner of Memorial Hospital of Gulfport

Hospital happenings

Mr. Jackie Dodson arrived at Encompass Health on Sept. 8 after having surgery on his hip. The main reason for his decision to come to our hospital is so that he can help his wife at home. Jackie said he loves the therapy staff and they have become like to family to him, always very respectful and helpful. He is pictured with physical therapist Jennifer Lechner, who has played a vital role in his progress.

- Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital, a partner of Memorial Hospital of Gulfport

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Hospital happenings

Mr. Thomas Hearn has just completed his rehabilitation journey and is celebrating his independence with a stroll down the hallway. He is excited to be able to walk again, which was the main reason he came to our hospital. Before therapy, Mr. Hearn would walk one to two miles a day. He has really enjoyed our hospital and says the therapy staff was very patient with him. Pictured with him is Physical Therapist Jeremy Strief, who has helped him achieve his goals.

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Professionally accredited

Our hospital complies with local, state and federal regulations. We are accredited by The Joint Commission, a leader in determining quality and safety standards for healthcare delivery, and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

Leadership and staff

Amber Hester
Amber Hester

Chief Executive Officer

Amber Hester was named chief executive officer of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Gulfport, formerly HealthSouth, in March 2017.
Amber Hester was named chief executive officer of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Gulfport, formerly HealthSouth in March 2017. Prior to joining Encompass Health in this role, Hester served as the chief executive officer of two long term acute care hospitals with Kindred Healthcare in the Boston market. She also has extensive experience as an accountant and serving as a controller and chief financial officer in the post-acute care setting. Hester worked for Encompass Health from 2005 - 2012 in various accounting and leadership roles out of the home office in Birmingham, Ala. She attended Auburn University and studied marketing. Hester also achieved a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration with an accounting concentration from the University of Phoenix. 
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Lee Voulters
Lee Voulters, M.D.

Medical Director

Dr. Voulters is a neurologist practicing at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport and is the first internationally trained president of MSMA. 
Dr. Voulters is a neurologist practicing at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport. Dr. Voulters grew up in the United Kingdom attending medical school at the University of London and later completing his MBA at George Mason University. His training included serving as house physician and later house surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital in London and as chief resident in neurology at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. He completed his fellowship in movement disorders at the Neurological Institute, College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. He is the first internationally trained president of MSMA. 

* The hospital provides access to independent physicians.
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Stephen Johns
Stephen Johns, M.D.

Program Medical Director

Dr. Johns is the program medical director for Encompass Health Gulfport.

Dr. Johns is the program medical director for Encompass Health Gulfport, formerly HealthSouth. He received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and completed his residency at Riverside Regional Medical Center. His specialty is in family medicine.


* The hospital provides access to independent physicians.
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Laura Cirone
Laura Cirone

Director of Human Resources

Laura Cirone brings almost 30 years of human resources management experience to Encompass Health.
Laura Cirone brings almost 30 years of human resources management experience to Encompass Health’s Gulfport location, where she was hired as human resources director in April 2019. Laura relocated to the Gulf Coast with her family from Northern Illinois where she was HR (human resources) manager for a critical access hospital for the past five years. Prior to that, Laura spent almost 25 years as an HR manager in the manufacturing sector, working for several Fortune 500 companies. Laura earned her bachelor’s degree in human resources management from Northern Illinois University and her MBA from Illinois State University.
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Gina Hicks
Gina Hicks

Chief Nursing Officer

Gina Hicks joined the Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital in Gulfport in August, 2019 with over 27 years of nursing experience.

Gina Hicks joined the Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital in Gulfport in August, 2019 with over 27 years of nursing experience. She received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Texas Tech in 1991 and completed her master's degree in health care administration from Texas Tech in May 2019. She is very passionate about patient advocacy and understands the enormous benefits of a rehabilitation hospital, having personal experience with Encompass Health on the patient side. She and her husband have recently moved to Long Beach, Mississippi and enjoy all that the beautiful coast has to offer.

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Jacqueline Lipski
Jacqueline Lipski

Director of Therapy

Jacquie brings more than 20 years of rehabilitation experience to Encompass Health.
Jacquie Lipski earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Dalhousie University prior to graduating with honors from the University of Western Ontario with her Bachelor of Applied Health Sciences degree in occupational therapy. Jacquie brings more than 20 years of rehabilitation experience to our Encompass Health Gulfport, formerly HealthSouth, team. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two daughters. Outside of work, she greatly enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and volunteering for school and community organizations. 
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Jennifer Mackenzie
Jennifer Mackenzie

Director of Case Management

Jennifer has more than 20 years of social work experience and with the last 14 years working in case management in a hospital setting.
Jennifer has more than 20 years of social work experience and with the last 14 years working in case management in a hospital setting. She earned her master’s degree from University of Southern Mississippi in 2009 in social work. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, sewing/crafts, and doing a wide variety of activities. 
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Muriel Osburn
Muriel Osburn

Controller

For the past 11 years, Muriel’s focus has been in healthcare finance and accounting.
For the past 11 years, Muriel’s focus has been in healthcare finance and accounting. She has experience working in physician services, acute-care and revenue cycle. Most recently, she served as division controller for HCA/Parallon Business Solutions where she was responsible for the revenue cycle for 14 acute-care locations throughout San Antonio and Austin, Texas. Her favorite part of healthcare finance is primary focus on the patients and those that care for them. Muriel earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting with double major in finance from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La.
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Kristy Sargent
Kristy Sargent

Business Development Director

Kristy joins Encompass Health with 18 years of experience in healthcare sales and marketing.
Kristy joins Encompass Health Gulfport, formerly HealthSouth, with 18 years of experience in healthcare sales and marketing. Before coming to Encompass Health, she worked with Singing River Health System in physician relations and business development. For more than six years, she worked strategically on service line growth and building referring relationships on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Prior to this, she worked as a senior pharmaceutical sales representative for Merck & Co. Kristy received her degree in communications/public relations from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.  When not working, she enjoys the outdoors, spending time with family and friends, travel, exercise and painting. 
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Linda Stovall
Linda Stovall

Director of Quality and Risk

Linda Stovall brings more than 30 years of experience in the field of rehabilitation.
Linda Stovall was named director of quality and risk of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Gulfport, formerly HealthSouth,  in March 2017. Linda has a Bachelor of Science degree in occupational therapy and brings more than 30 years of experience in the field of rehabilitation. Prior to joining to the Encompass Health in this role, Linda served as the program manager for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit of Memorial Hospital at Gulfport. In her role as program manager she facilitated Joint Commission and CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) Accreditations, compliance with federal/state guidelines, and managed the quality and risk reporting process with an emphasis on safety and positive patient focused outcomes. She lives in Long Beach, Miss. with her husband and enjoys time with friends and family, community volunteering, and traveling. 
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Kaitlin Truong
Kaitlin Truong, Pharm.D.

Director of Pharmacy

Kaitlin has more than 17 years of experience in the hospital pharmacy setting including inpatient rehabilitation.
Kaitlin Truong is the director of pharmacy for Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Gulfport, formerly HealthSouth. Kaitlin has more than 17 years of experience in the hospital pharmacy setting including inpatient rehabilitation. She comes to Encompass Health from Singing River Health System where she served as an oncology pharmacist in charge and clinical/staff pharmacist. Her professional interests and expertise include the areas of infectious disease and anticoagulation.  Kaitlin graduated from the University of Mississippi, where she earned her doctorate of pharmacy and Bachelor of Science in pharmaceutical sciences. Kaitlin Truong is active in many community and professional organizations including, The Mississippi Society of Health-System Pharmacists (MSHP), National Diabetes & Obesity Research Institute at Tradition, Mississippi Pharmacist Association, Mississippi Independent Pharmacy Association, The Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce, United Way of South Mississippi and MS Gulf Coast Community Foundation. 
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