When their return to independence depends on you,
we are here. Encompass Health offers the advanced
therapy and care patients need after a life-changing illness or injury.
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This hospital has
Joint Commission Accreditation
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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By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety, our hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission.
Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in stroke rehabilitation.
Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in amputee rehabilitation.
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Chief Executive Officer
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.
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.
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.
Director of Pharmacy
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.
Director of Therapy
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.
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Associate Medical Director
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.
Chief Nursing Officer
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.
Business Development Director
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.
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. 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).
Director of Case Management
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.
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. 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.
Human Resources Director
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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