Superior amenities at our hospitals

80 Beds
Televisions
Telephones
Free WiFi
Nonsmoking
Courtyard
Pet friendly
Interpreter services
Spanish translators available
Tours available
Support groups
Student observation hours
Volunteers

We proudly display our Gold Seal of Approval™

Stroke Rehabilitation

Our stroke rehabilitation program has earned Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission.

Advanced Inpatient Diabetes

Our advanced inpatient diabetes program has earned Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission.

Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Our brain injury rehabilitation program has earned Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Our cardiac rehabilitation program has earned Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission.

Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Our orthopedic rehabilitation program has earned Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission.

Spinal Cord Rehabilitation

Our spinal cord rehabilitation program has earned Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission.

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Leadership and staff

Scott A. Filler
Scott A. Filler

Chief Executive Officer

Scott has been the hospital’s CEO since 1998. He brings with him more than 30 years of healthcare experience.

Scott has been the hospital’s CEO since 1998. He brings with him more than 30 years of healthcare experience. Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in management, with a minor in finance from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and a master’s degree in business administration from Saint Francis University. A life-long resident of Altoona, Scott is a graduate of Altoona Area High School. 

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Rakesh (Rocky) Patel
Rakesh (Rocky) Patel D.O.

Medical Director

Dr. Patel is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and is committed to helping each patient recover the strength and independence to return to work, to play and to living.

Dr. Patel has been an attending physician at the hospital since 1997 and became the hospital’s medical director in 1998. Dr. Patel is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and is committed to helping each patient recover the strength and independence to return to work, to play and to living.  He is a leader in the care of patients with spinal cord injury, amputation, orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions; providing the most effective treatment to meet each patient’s individual needs. Dr. Patel was an associate professor at the Schwab Rehabilitation Center/University of Chicago from 1996-1997.  He was an intern at Olympia Fields Osteopathic Medical Center and completed his residency at the world-renowned Schwab Rehabilitation Center/University of Chicago.  He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Illinois and attended medical school at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.

* The hospital provides access to independent physicians.

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George R. Berger
George R. Berger

Controller

George has more than 20 years of healthcare experience.

George has been the hospital’s controller since 2009. He has more than 20 years of healthcare experience. George holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Saint Francis University and is a graduate of Bishop Guilfoyle High School.

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Christine Bowser
Christine R. Bowser

Administrative Supervisor

Christine has been employed at the hospital since 1986 and has served as the administrative supervisor since 1998.

Christine has been employed at the hospital since 1986 and has served as the administrative supervisor since 1998. She has more than 30 years of healthcare experience. Christine received an associate degree in specialized business in 1985 from the Altoona School of Commerce and is a graduate of Bishop Guilfoyle High School. 

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Melissa Eckenrode
Melissa Eckenrode OTR

Orthopedic Program Co-Coordinator

Melissa became the orthopedic program co-coordinator in 2018 after being a senior occupational therapist at the hospital for 16 years.

Melissa became the orthopedic program co-coordinator in 2018 after being a senior occupational therapist at the hospital for 16 years.  She obtained her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Mount Aloysius in 2001.

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Lee Farnan
Lee Farnan PT, MS

Advanced Diabetes Program Co-Coordinator

Lee has been co-coordinator of the Advanced Diabetes Program since May 2017 and has been privileged to be part of the team and contribute to developing the program.

Lee has been co-coordinator of the Advanced Diabetes Program since May 2017 and has been privileged to be part of the team and contribute to developing the program. Lee has been a physical therapist for more than 30 years and has worked with patients with complications from diabetes for most of her career. Lee obtained her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Russell Sage College in Troy, New York and her master’s degree in physical therapy from Rocky Mountain University in Provo, Utah.

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Christine Filer
Christine Filer PHR/SHRM-CP

Director of Human Resources

Chris has more than 20 years of healthcare experience.

Chris has been the director of human resources since 1998 and employee since 1989. She has more than 20 years of healthcare experience. Christine received an associate degree as a legal assistant from Mount Aloysius in 1983 and received her human resources certificate from the Society of Human Resources Management in 2002. She is a graduate of Bishop Guilfoyle High School.

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Theresa Friedenberger
Theresa Friedenberger, RN

Director of Quality/Performance Improvement Patient Safety Coordinator

Theresa has more than 23 years of clinical experience and almost 10 years’ experience in infection prevention and control.

Theresa has been with the hospital since 1996. She has more than 23 years of clinical experience and almost 10 years’ experience in infection prevention and control. Theresa has been the hospital’s director of quality/performance improvement since September 2012. Theresa received her nursing degree from Mount Aloysius College in 1994 and is a graduate of Bishop Guilfoyle High School.

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Mark Garrett
Mark Garrett, PT

Director of Therapy Operations, Cardiac Program Coordinator

Mark has been the director of therapy operations since June 2013.

Mark has been the director of therapy operations since June 2013. He graduated from Temple University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in physical therapy. Prior to his current position, Mark served as a senior physical therapist and was the coordinator of the Spinal Cord Injury Program.

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Tyler Glunt
Tyler Glunt, BSN, CRRN

Cardiac Program Co-coordinator

Tyler started working at Encompass Health Altoona in March of 2013 as a RNT and became the co-coordinator of the Cardiac Team in May of 2019.

Tyler started working at Encompass Health Altoona in March of 2013 as a RNT and became the co-coordinator of the Cardiac Team in May of 2019. Tyler graduated from Mount Aloysius College in May of 2014 with an associate degree in nursing and was hired as staff BSN in June of 2014. In May of 2016, Tyler graduated from Mount Aloysius College with his bachelor’s degree in nursing and a minor in business administration. In August of 2016, Tyler was promoted to nursing supervisor. Then, in December of 2016, he passed his state boards to be a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse.

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Matt Hoover
Matt Hoover, DPT

Director of Physical Therapy, Stroke Program Co-Coordinator

Matthew serves as the director of physical therapy and has been the Stroke (CVA) Program co-coordinator at the hospital since 2015.

Matthew serves as the director of physical therapy and has been the Stroke (CVA) Program co-coordinator at the hospital since 2015. Matthew has been a licensed physical therapist since July 2014, all of which has been spent at the hospital in the inpatient operations. He holds his doctorate of physical therapy degree from Saint Francis University and is a graduate of Williamsburg High School.

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Jennifer Malone
Jennifer Malone, RN

Orthopedic Program Co-Coordinator

Jennifer came to the hospital in 2016 as a registered nurse and took the position as co-coordinator of the Orthopedic Program team in August of 2018.

Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University and completed her certificate of nursing from Conemaugh School of Nursing in 2013. She came to the hospital in 2016 as a registered nurse and took the position as co-coordinator of the Orthopedic Program team in August of 2018.

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Jane Maslonik
Jane Maslonik MSRD, LDN, CDE

Advanced Diabetes Program Co-Coordinator

Jane is a registered dietitian and has been employed at the hospital since 1995.

Jane is a registered dietitian. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition from Penn State University and a Master of Science degree from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Jane has been employed at the hospital since 1995. She is a certified diabetic educator and is a member of the American Association of Diabetic Educators. Jane accepted the position of advanced diabetic team co-coordinator in May of 2016. She is an adjunct professor at Saint Francis University where she teaches classes in both the nursing and public health departments. Jane is also an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh - Johnstown in the nursing department.

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Aaron Meintel
Aaron Meintel MOT, OTR

Director of Occupational Therapy, Stroke Program Co-Coordinator

Aaron has worked at the hospital since April of 2011 as a staff occupational therapist until taking on the position of director of occupational therapy in January of 2016.

Aaron is a 2010 graduate of Saint Francis University where she obtained her master’s degree in occupational therapy after undergraduate studies at Penn State University. She has worked at the hospital since April of 2011 as a staff occupational therapist until taking on the position of director of occupational therapy in January of 2016. Aaron was a member of the stroke team before taking the position of co-coordinator in 2013 and plays an active role in program development for this patient population.

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Ann Marie Montgomery
Ann Marie Montgomery MA, CCC-SLP

Director of Speech Language Pathology, Brain Injury Program Co-Coordinator

Ann Marie came to the hospital 1996 as the department director of the speech pathology department.

Ann Marie became the brain injury program co-coordinator in 2008. She came to the hospital 1996 as the department director of the speech pathology department and has been an active member of the brain injury and stoke programs ever since. She has been working with individuals with acquired brain injury since 1990 after obtaining her master’s degree in speech language pathology from Ohio University.

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Hugh D. Newman, III
Hugh D. Newman III D.O.

Program Medical Director

Dr. Patel is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and is committed to helping each patient recover the strength and independence to return to work, to play and to living.

Dr. Newman has been an attending physician at the hospital since arriving in Pennsylvania from the University of Chicago in 1997. Dr. Newman specializes in rehabilitation of neurologic disorders and is especially passionate about traumatic brain injury.  Dr. Newman has been the Director of Neurotrauma at the hospital since 1997 and serves as the Chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at UPMC Altoona.  Together with other medical leaders in our community, Dr. Newman provides brain injury and concussion awareness to high school and collegiate athletic programs throughout central Pennsylvania.  Dr. Newman works closely with the rehabilitation team at the hospital to provide rehabilitation excellence to our patients and their families. Dr. Newman graduated from the University of Scranton and Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship at Long Beach Memorial Hospital in New York and his residency at the University of Chicago, training at world-renowned Cook County Hospital, Rehab Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago’s Schwab Rehabilitation Center.

* The hospital provides access to independent physicians.

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Linda Rydbom
Linda Rydbom RN, CRRN

Advanced Diabetes Program Co-Coordinator

Linda has been a registered nurse at the hospital since 1986 giving her more than 32 years of rehabilitation nursing experience.

Linda has been a registered nurse at the hospital since 1986 giving her more than 32 years of rehabilitation nursing experience.  She obtained her CRRN in 1988. Linda became the Advanced Diabetes Program co-coordinator in June of 2016. She obtained her nursing degree in 1981 from The Altoona Hospital School of Nursing.

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Dusty Sharer
Dusty L. Sharer RN, BSN

Chief Nursing Officer

Dusty has been impacting lives one heart at a time through a very diverse nursing background.

Dusty was first introduced to the hospital in September 2017 as the organizations first associate chief nursing officer and transitioned to chief nursing officer in September 2018. She has been impacting lives one heart at a time through a very diverse nursing background since 1998 when she began as a student nursing extern and has taken each challenge head on since. Dusty is a Penn State alumni who is passionate about making tomorrow better than today not only for patients but for her staff. 

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Doug Sloey
Doug Sloey

Business Development Director

Doug joined the hospital in the summer of 2017 following successes in business development roles in skilled nursing, outpatient rehabilitation and home healthcare.

Doug joined the hospital in the summer of 2017 following successes in business development roles in skilled nursing, outpatient rehabilitation and home healthcare.  He is a Tyrone native and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Matt Smith
Matt Smith DPT

Spinal Cord Injury Program Co-Coordinator

Matt has been the Spinal Cord Injury Program co-coordinator since November of 2015 after being an active member of the team since 2013.

Matt has been the Spinal Cord Injury Program co-coordinator since November of 2015 after being an active member of the team since he accepted his position in 2013. Matt has his doctorate degree in physical therapy from Saint Francis University with a minor in exercise physiology.

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Karen Stormer
Karen Stormer OTR

Spinal Cord Injury Program Co-Coordinator

Karen came to our hospital in 1988 and began her work on the spinal cord injury unit.

Karen graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1983. She came to our hospital in 1988 and began her work on the spinal cord injury unit. Karen also coordinated the student program for both Level I and II occupational therapy students. She accepted the spinal cord Injury co-coordinator position in March of 2014.

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Darla Summerville
Darla Summerville RN, CRRN, CCM

Director of Case Management

Darla has more than 30 years of healthcare experience.

Darla has been the director of case management since 1997 and a hospital employee since 1985. She graduated with an associate degree from Mount Aloysius in 1985 and received an associate degree in nursing in 1995 from Mount Aloysius.  Darla received her bachelor degree in nursing from American Sentinel University.  She has more than 30 years of healthcare experience. Darla is a graduate of Penn Cambria High School.

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Ryan Vaughan
Ryan Vaughan, DPT

Cardiac Program Co-coordinator

Ryan is a licensed physical therapist, who has served as the co-coordinator for the cardiac program at the hospital since April 2019.

Ryan is a licensed physical therapist, who has served as the co-coordinator for the cardiac program at the hospital since April 2019. He is a 2018 graduate of Slippery Rock University’s School of Physical Therapy, where he earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy. Ryan also holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Slippery Rock University.

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William Wagner
William Wagner

Director of Plant Services

Bill is responsible for maintenance, housekeeping, laundry, safety and security.  He is the chairman of the Environment of Care Committee.

Bill has been the director of plant services since 1990 and is responsible for maintenance, housekeeping, laundry, safety and security.  He is the chairman of the Environment of Care Committee.  Bill has been a hospital employee since 1986 and has more than 30 years of healthcare experience.

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Rebecca Y. Winkler
Rebecca Y. Winkler

Director of Outpatient Services

Becky has been an employee since 1992 has more than 25 years specializing in outpatient services.

Becky has been an employee since 1992 and has served as the director of outpatient services since 2001. She has more than 25 years specializing in outpatient services. Becky received her bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation counseling in 1988 from Pennsylvania State University and is a graduate of Bishop Guilfoyle High School.

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Courtney Yogus
Courtney Yogus MPT

Brain Injury Program Co-Coordinator

Courtney has been the brain injury co-coordinator since April of 2019.

Courtney has been the brain injury co-coordinator since April of 2019. She joined Encompass Health Altoona as a staff physical therapist in December of 2018. Courtney has been a licensed physical therapist since 2001 and has experience in the settings of outpatient, acute hospital care and home health. Courtney holds a master’s degree in physical therapy degree from Saint Francis University.

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Connected care – Multiple locations for outpatient rehabilitation

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