Our goal is to deliver high-quality care to patients, families and caregivers where it matters most – at home.
Encompass Health is a national sponsor of Together to End Stroke
Serving the Bluffton, SC area, we are one of the nation’s leading providers of home health services and continually set the standard of homecare through our people, our approach and our outcomes.
The patient experience is at the core of everything we do. That’s why we work collaboratively with the patient’s team of experts to craft a plan of care that meets their specific needs. Our skilled nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, medical social workers and home health aides use a coordinated, interprofessional approach to deliver compassionate, specialized care in the comfort of home.
Whether recovering from a surgery, recent hospital stay, or managing a disease or injury, our services are designed to meet patient’s where they are. We offer cutting-edge specialty programs that focus on patient education, self-management and reducing hospital readmission, resulting in better care and better outcomes for our patients.
Our Post-Operative Programs, including Orthopedics, Heart & Vascular and General Surgery, deliver protocol-driven, physician-specific care to surgical patients. We admit patients timely after a hospital or facility discharge and provide services daily if needed. We educate patients prior to surgery so they know what to expect throughout their recovery journey.
An estimated 85% of falls occur at home, and 44% of these are due to environmental hazards. Our programs use a multifactorial assessment to identify fall risk and develop an individualized plan of care that significantly reduces the risk of falls. We incorporate evidence-based practices along with outcome reports to help our patients achieve superior outcomes.
Our Cardiopulmonary Programs, including Heart Failure, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Hypertension, utilize standards of practice incorporated into our clinical pathways and educational materials. Our programs focus on patient education, self-management and compliance, resulting in exceptional patient outcomes and a reduced need for emergency care.
Through our Community Care Program, we are able to provide a better way to care to patients living in assisted or independent living facilities, as well as residential care communities. We take a coordinated approach to care that allows patients to safely age in place.
Our Care Transitions Program focuses on continuity of care between the patient’s team of experts to provide a safe transition home. This program ensures all the patient’s needs are met so they can achieve the best possible outcomes.
Our Care Connections Program empowers patients to remain in control of their healthcare decisions while providing a seamless transition from home health to hospice. This program seeks to improve quality of life by providing the appropriate level of care that is overseen by one company.
Chief Executive Officer, Home Health & Hospice
April Anthony is the chief executive officer of home health and hospice at Encompass Health. April’s leadership within the company began in 1998 when she founded Encompass Home Health & Hospice, growing it to become an industry-leader and nationally acclaimed best place to work. Anthony initially moved into the homecare industry in 1992 and soon become the owner and CEO of Liberty Health Services. She was the recipient of Ernst & Young’s prestigious 2006 Entrepreneur of the Year award based on her creative and innovative approach to home health care. She is also a certified public accountant, beginning her career at Price Waterhouse. Anthony graduated from Abilene Christian University in Texas with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Senior Vice President of Sales, Home Health & Hospice
Judee Barrett is the senior vice president of sales of home health and hospice at Encompass Health. She has worked in the homecare industry for more than 15 years, serving in a variety of roles including national director of orthopedics, director of specialty programs and most recently as vice president of sales. Barrett began her career as a licensed physical therapist, treating patients in a variety of settings. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and received her master’s degree in physical therapy at Texas Women’s University in Houston, Texas.
Senior Vice President of Development, Home Health & Hospice
Cliff Blessing is the senior vice president of development of home health and hospice at Encompass Health. Prior to this role, he served as senior vice president of development, joining the company in 2012. He previously worked in corporate finance and development at Pizza Hut, commercial lending and real estate development. Blessing graduated from Abilene Christian University in Texas with a bachelor’s degree in finance, then earned a master’s degree in business administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Executive Vice President of Business Operations and Hospice Services
Andy Ingram is the executive vice president of business operations and hospice services of home health and hospice at Encompass Health. Prior to serving in this role, Ingram was vice president of operations, joining the company in January 2010. Ingram offers extensive experience in the healthcare continuum, holding senior and regional leadership positions with Apria Healthcare, McKesson Healthcare, Home Care Supply (Praxair) and Physician Sales and Service (PSS). Ingram earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.
President, Home Health & Hospice
Luke James serves as president – home health & hospice at Encompass Health. In this role, he oversees organizational functions related to strategy and innovation, mergers and acquisitions, sales, finance, and legal services. Luke also works on initiatives with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Congress regarding key issues that impact the home health and hospice industries. Luke received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Abilene Christian University in Texas.
Executive Vice President, Home Health
Julie Jolley serves as the executive vice president of home health operations at Encompass Health. Julie has been a registered nurse for over 25 years and part of the Encompass Health organization for over 20 years, holding various leadership roles at the local and regional level. Julie received an associate degree in nursing from Amarillo College and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Chamberlain University.
General Counsel, Home Health & Hospice
Chad Knight serves as general counsel of home health and hospice for Encompass Health. Prior to joining Encompass Health, he was general counsel of ZoomCare, assistant general counsel of PeaceHealth System and also in private practice. He received a bachelor’s degree from Seattle Pacific University and a law degree from the University of Washington School of Law.
Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer
Bud Langham is the chief strategy & innovation officer of home health and hospice at Encompass Health. He joined Encompass Health in 2008 after holding leadership roles in a variety of acute and post-acute settings including acute care hospital, inpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing, outpatient and cardiac rehabilitation. Langham is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and the OU Price College of Business in Norman, Oklahoma.
Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Home Health & Hospice
Dan Peoples is the executive vice president of sales and marketing of home health and hospice at Encompass Health. He provides extensive experience and knowledge in the creation and success of start-up companies, having formed Taylor Medical, Inc. and Home Care Supply, Inc. prior to joining Encompass Health in 2007. Peoples received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.
Executive Vice President, Clinical Services
Janice Riggins is the executive vice president of clinical services of home health & hospice at Encompass Health. Riggins has worked in a variety of leadership roles during her 29 years in the home health industry. After joining the Company in January 2010, she held regional leadership positions before serving as vice president of strategic relationships and then senior vice president of home health clinical operations. Riggins earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Lamar University and a master’s degree in nursing informatics at Western Governors University.
Executive Vice President of Strategic Operations, Home Health & Hospice
Brenda Riordan is the executive vice president of strategic operations for home health and hospice at Encompass Health. She has over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry, serving in various leadership roles in the acute, post-acute, rehabilitation and home health sectors. Riordan earned her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Boston University and received a master’s degree in public and health administration from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts.
Chief Financial Officer, Home Health & Hospice
Chris Walker is the chief financial officer of home health and hospice at Encompass Health. He has more than 25 years of senior executive finance experience in the healthcare sector. Walker previously served as the chief financial officer of LifeCare Health Partners, a national long-term acute care and home health company, and most recently as the chief financial officer and SVP of corporate services for Inform Diagnostics, Inc., a leading national anatomical pathology lab service provider. Walker is a certified public accountant and worked as a senior audit manager at KPMG LLP. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southern Arkansas University.