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Welcome to our hospital

At Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, we are committed to helping you regain independence after a life-changing illness or injury. Serving Kentucky and the greater Lexington and Frankfort areas, we are a leading provider of rehabilitation after stroke, spinal cord injury 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

232 Beds

Televisions

Telephones

Free WiFi

Nonsmoking

Pet friendly

Interpreter services

Tours available

Support groups

Volunteers

Student observation hours

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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.

Take a virtual tour

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 on both sides of entrance doors.
  • Computer on desk with chair.
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  • Room with couches and chairs to sit.
  • Upright piano against wall.
  • Doorway leading to hallway.
  • Small round tables with chairs.
  • Wall that has drink and snack vending machines and microwave.
  • Door that leads to outside patio.
  • Bookshelf with various reading materials.
  • Windows lining wall.
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  • Circular courtyard surrounded by brick wall and trees.
  • Multiple raised flower beds.
  • Round table and chairs for seating and dining.
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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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  • 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 large window.
  • Desks with chairs and cork board and a safe on desktop.
  • 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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  • Room with two patient beds and nightstands with curtain divider and chair.
  • Wall lined with two dressers, two desktops and two safes for personal items.
  • Large windows on one wall.
  • Wheelchair against wall.
  • Sink opposite of wheelchair.
  • Bathroom with toilet, shower and accessibility seats and door for privacy.
  • Doorway leading to hall.

Hospital happenings

Charles and Nellie Anness have been married for 71 years. They met at a high school baseball game and were married on Sept. 3, 1949. They had a daughter together and adopted two boys. On a recent trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, the couple contracted COVID-19 while attending a church service.

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Charles

Hospital happenings

We want to thank our wonderful housekeeping staff that has kept us safe during COVID-19 and improves patient satisfaction daily with small gestures. Shelia is showing how she folds towels for the sinks in patient rooms to add a little cheer to their day.

- Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital

Hospital happenings

For stroke survivors, rehabilitation can be one of the most important parts of recovery. Our hospital offers innovative, customized therapy programs to get patients back into their community for the activities they love most. Do you know the warning signs of a stroke? Remember F.A.S.T. to spot a stroke and know when to call 9-1-1.

- Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital

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Hospital happenings

Our employees are proud to show our community that we are stronger together, even when we are socially distant.

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Leadership and staff

Jarrett Millsaps
Jarrett Millsaps, FACHE

Chief Executive Officer

Jarrett Millsaps, FACHE, serves as chief executive officer of Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Lexington, KY.

Jarrett Millsaps, FACHE, serves as chief executive officer of Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Lexington, KY. Jarrett joins the Cardinal Hill team with more than 25 years of leadership experience, having served as CEO, and other senior leadership roles, in hospitals in Tennessee, Georgia, and Kentucky. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and a veteran of service both at sea and in the Naval Special Warfare community. He obtained his master's degree in finance from the University of Tennessee, and is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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Susan McDowell
Susan McDowell

Medical Director

Dr. Susan McDowell has been with Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital since 1994, and assumed the role of medical director in July 2018.

Dr. Susan McDowell has been with Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital since 1994, and assumed the role of medical director in July 2018. She earned her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia and completed her physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at the University of Kentucky. She is board-certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a subspecialty certificate in spinal cord injury medicine. Dr. McDowell is the Janet Galloway Carter Endowed Chairperson of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Kentucky. As the medical director of Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, she actively participates in the daily efforts to advance the efficiency, effectiveness and quality of rehabilitation care provided.

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Gary Abrams
Gary Abrams

Controller

Gary brings more than 20 years of healthcare finance expertise to Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital.

Gary brings more than 20 years of healthcare finance expertise to Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and received a master’s degree in health administration from the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Kentucky.  He holds membership with the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

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Traci Andrea Beasley
Traci Andrea Beasley, Pharm.D., R.Ph.

Director of Pharmacy

Traci Beasley received a Pharm.D. degree from the University of Kentucky in 2001.

Traci Beasley received a Pharm.D. degree from the University of Kentucky in 2001. That same year, she opened a new Kroger Pharmacy as the manager and pharmacist in charge in Stanton, KY. From 2006 to 2014, Traci served as the director of pharmacy at Saint Joseph Mount Sterling Hospital, where she was instrumental in implementation of new order sets to meet quality guidelines. In September of 2014, Traci accepted the position as director of pharmacy with Pharmacy Systems, Inc. at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Lexington, KY. In this role, Traci is responsible for the daily operations, regulatory compliance of the pharmacy, and supervision and staffing of pharmacy personnel. Traci has received the Pharmacy Systems, Inc. “Outstanding Contributor to Results” award, as well as the Comprehensive Pharmacy Services “Outstanding Achievement Award” for her adherence to regulatory compliance.

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Emily Brock
Emily Brock

Director of Therapy

Emily Brock, the director of therapy, has been at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital for the past 17 years.

Emily Brock, the director of therapy, has been at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital for the past 17 years. She received both her bachelor’s degree and master's degree in occupational therapy from Eastern Kentucky University. She originally was hired as an occupational therapist on the general rehab unit. After 10 years working on this unit, she assumed the therapy manager position for 5 years before accepting the director of quality and risk management in May of 2018. She has recently accepted the position of director of therapy operations with a desire to lead the therapy teams to create an environment and culture that enables Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital to fulfill its mission by meeting or exceeding its goals; conveying the hospital mission to all therapy staff; facilitation for staff accountability for their performance and motivating staff to improve their performance.

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Chris A. Covington
Chris A. Covington, DO

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Associate Medical Director

Dr. Covington joined Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital as associate medical director in July 2018.

Dr. Covington joined Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital as associate medical director in July 2018. Dr. Covington is a graduate of Oklahoma State University Health Science Center, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1993 and completed residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Kentucky in 1997. He has been a Diplomat of the American Board of Physical Medical and Rehabilitation since 1998, and brings more than 20 years of board-certified experience in rehabilitation medicine to Lexington. Dr. Covington has served as a medical director in a variety of inpatient and outpatient venues from around the country.

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Theresa Crossley
Theresa Crossley

Chief Nursing Officer

Theresa brings 18 years’ experience in healthcare and 22 years of leadership experience to Cardinal Hill.

Theresa brings 18 years’ experience in healthcare and 22 years of leadership experience to Cardinal Hill. She has her master’s degree in nursing leadership (MSN) and is a certified nurse manager leader (CNML). Theresa is originally from Louisville, KY, but has lived in Georgetown, KY for the past 31 years.   

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Kelli Eads
Kelli Eads

Business Development Director

Kelli Eads, business development director, has been at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital for the past 13 years.

Kelli Eads, business development director, has been at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital for the past 13 years. She received both her bachelor’s degree in health science and master's degree in physical therapy from the University of Kentucky. She was originally hired as a physical therapist in the outpatient department. After 10 years working as a staff therapist in outpatient, she assumed the outpatient therapy manager position for the past 3 years, prior to becoming the business development director in August 2018.

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Jennifer Forman
Jennifer Forman

Director of Quality & Risk Management

Jennifer Forman, DNP, RN-BC, CNML brings 25 years of nursing experience to Encompass Health’s Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital.

Jennifer Forman, DNP, RN-BC, CNML brings 25 years of nursing experience to Encompass Health’s Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital. A Lexington native, she graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Doctorate of Nursing Practice in organizational leadership. She is certified in Nursing Professional Development (BC) and a Certified Nurse Manager Leader (CNML).

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Michelle Graybeal
Michelle Graybeal, PT, MBA, CBIS, CCM

Director of Case Management

Michelle brings more than 18 years of healthcare management experience to Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital.

Michelle brings more than 18 years of healthcare management experience to Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree in business administration from Xavier University. She serves on the executive board of the Brain Injury Alliance of Kentucky and is a founding member of the Kentucky Appalachian Rural Rehabilitation Network and the Kentucky Congress for Spinal Cord Injury.

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Bill Pabian
Bill Pabian

Director of Plant Operations

Bill began his career with Cardinal Hill in 2011. He has supported hospital facilities for 18 years after a 20 year career in telephony.

Bill began his career with Cardinal Hill in 2011. He has supported hospital facilities for 18 years after a 20 year career in telephony. As a graduate of Western Kentucky University and University of Kentucky his engineering education has been well utilized to build, renovate and operate our hospital facility. He is a member of ASHRA and KSHE.

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Jeff Stenquist
Jeffery Stenquist

Human Resources Director

Jeff brings more than 20 years of human resources in healthcare experience to Encompass Health at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital.

Jeff brings more than 20 years of human resources in healthcare experience to Encompass Health at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital. A Kentucky native, Jeff has worked with small to large organizations throughout the U.S. He has a master’s degree in human resources management from Concordia Christian College, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in organizational development and leadership.

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