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Welcome to our hospital

At Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Charleston, we are committed to helping you regain independence after a life-changing illness or injury. Located in Charleston, we are a leading provider of inpatient rehabilitation for stroke, brain injury, 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

49 Beds

Telephones

Televisions

Free WiFi

Interpreter services

Pet friendly

Support groups

Student observation hours

Volunteers

Tours available

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We proudly display our Gold Seal of Approval™

Stroke Rehabilitation

Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in stroke rehabilitation.

Hip Fracture Rehabilitation

Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in hip fracture 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. The room links below our virtual tour leave this website and go directly to Google maps to walk through the hospital.

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.

  • Lobby/Foyer of hospital accessed through main hospital entrance.
  • Main desk in lobby entrance for receptionist and admitting area.
  • Chairs for patients and visitors to use.
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  • Multiple tables throughout therapy gym to assist in patient therapies.
  • Exercise equipment throughout gym to be used with technologies in therapy sessions.
  • Small stairs to assist in building patient’s strength.
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  • Activities of daily living suite is a recreated kitchen, laundry area, and bathroom area to simulate activities of daily life for patients to practice before they return home.
  • Kitchen has small table and chairs, standard kitchen appliances and sink.
  • Bathroom has a shower, sink, and toilet.
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  • Patient room with bed, sink, bathroom, TV and chair for visitors.
  • Wardrobe with storage for personal effects is under the television.
  • Personal safes for patient security.
  • Window with exterior view.
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  • Shared patient room with two beds, sink, bathroom, TV and chairs for visitors.
  • Two TVs in-between wardrobes for personal storage.
  • Personal safes for patient security.
  • Nightstands are placed next to each bed with a curtain to divide room between patient beds.
  • Window with exterior view.
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  • Patient room with bed, sink, bathroom, TV and chair for visitors.
  • Wardrobe with storage for personal effects is under the television.
  • Personal safes for patient security.
  • Window with exterior view.

Leadership and staff

Elizabeth Gibson
Elizabeth Gibson

Chief Executive Officer

Elizabeth has had a long tenure in healthcare and brings experience in skilled nursing facilities, acute care hospitals, critical access hospitals, EMS and inpatient rehabilitation operations to her role as CEO.

Elizabeth has had a long tenure in healthcare and brings experience in skilled nursing facilities, acute care hospitals, critical access hospitals, EMS and inpatient rehabilitation operations to her role as CEO. She achieved her bachelor’s degree in international business and a bachelor’s degree in modern languages from Duquesne University as well as a master’s degree in business administration from Kansas State University. Elizabeth worked in human resources before transitioning to hospital operations and completed Encompass Health’s Developing Future CEO program. She began her career at Encompass Health in 2015 and has worked at Encompass Health locations in Kansas and Arizona before relocating to South Carolina.

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Healther Walker
Heather W. Walker, M.D.

Medical Director

Dr. Walker is the program director of neuroscience services and is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, and brain injury medicine.

Dr. Walker is the program director of neuroscience services at Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, Charleston. She joins the Encompass Health Charleston team from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she resided as an associate professor and residency program director for the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Dr. Walker completed medical school at the University of Kentucky and served as the administrative chief resident during her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh. Following residency, she completed a fellowship in spinal cord injury at the renowned Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. She is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, spinal cord injury, and brain injury medicine.

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Rachel Green
Rachel Green

Chief Nursing Officer

Rachel Green began her career in the Roper St. Francis Hospital as a certified nursing assistant and grew into an LPN role at the rehabilitation department.

Rachel Green began her career in the Roper St. Francis Hospital as a certified nursing assistant and grew into an LPN role at the rehabilitation department. Upon graduating from nursing school, she moved to a staff nurse role on an ICU at the Palmetto Health, Baptist Hospital. She then moved to work in the emergency department where she subsequently served in the role of charge nurse. Ms. Green was appointed as the chief nursing officer in June 2019. As nurse executive she directly supervises the 49-bed rehabilitation unit, as well as clinical oversight for nursing practice throughout the medical center. She previously served as the quality manager and area director of clinical operations at Select Health of SC and Kindred at Home. Ms. Green earned an associate's degree in nursing from Trident Technical College, and a master’s degree in nursing from Walden University.

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Wendy McKenzie
Wendy McKenzie, LBSW

Director of Case Management

Wendy comes to Encompass Health with 28 years case management experience in varies acute care settings to include Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital, Vibra Long Term Acute Care Hospital and Hospice both inpatient and home setting. 

Wendy comes to Encompass Health with 28 years case management experience in varies acute care settings to include Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital, Vibra Long Term Acute Care Hospital and Hospice both inpatient and home setting. She is a graduate of Columbia College in Columbia, SC with a degree in social work. Wendy was recently nominated for case manager of the year for the Charleston/Tri-County area. In her spare time, Wendy enjoys boating and spending time with her family.

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Tricia Nelson
Tricia Nelson

Controller

Tricia currently serves as controller at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan, formerly HealthSouth.

Tricia currently serves as controller at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Charleston, formerly HealthSouth. Tricia’s career spans over 25 years of progressive and accomplished home health and hospital CFO experience. She received her master’s degree in business administration from North Greenville University in her hometown of Greenville, SC.

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Nihar Patel
Nihar H. Patel, D.O.

Program Director of Medical Services

Dr. Patel became board certified in 2006 by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He has been serving the Charleston area since 2006.

Dr. Patel is a 2003 graduate of University of Pikeville School of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Patel became board certified in 2006 by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He has been serving the Charleston area since 2006. Dr. Patel is president of the Society of Hospital Medicine, Lowcountry chapter. In 2011, he founded Pinnacle Physicians, LLC, a hospitalist company with a mission to provide the highest quality of care for inpatient services.

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Shelia Peabody
Shelia Peabody, BS-RRT

Business Development Director

Shelia has a bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy and is a graduate of Indiana University.

Shelia has a bachelor’s degree in respiratory therapy and is a graduate of Indiana University. With more than 25 years in healthcare, she has a diverse background with a special love for rehabilitation.

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Elise Salerno
Elise Salerno

Program Director of Neurorehabilitation

Dr. Salerno is the program director of neurorehabilitation at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Charleston.

Dr. Salerno is the program director of neurorehabilitation at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Charleston. She joins the Encompass Health team from UAB Spain Rehabilitation Center in Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Salerno was a special education teacher before earning her M.D. at UAB School of Medicine. Following medical school, she completed six years of general surgery residency at the University of Virginia, and earned a master's degree in clinical research during that time. Dr. Salerno pursued an additional residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at UAB. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

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Cathy Sanner
Cathy Sanner

Director of Pharmacy Operations

Cathy has more than 14 years of pharmacy management experience.

Cathy has been the pharmacy director at Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, since 2007. She has more than 14 years of pharmacy management experience. She received her BS in pharmacy from The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Pharmacy. She also has a bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston in secondary education and taught history, geography, journalism and English before seeking her degree in pharmacy. Cathy instructs pharmacy students from South Carolina College of Pharmacy where she is an adjunct assistant professor. She has lived in the Charleston area for more than 30 years.

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Susan Trantham
Susan Trantham

Human Resources Director

Susan has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare human resources management.

Susan has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare human resources management. She enjoys spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren. Susan is also involved with missions through her church.

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Christy Yatagan
Christy Yatagan

Director of Therapy Operations

Christy Yatagan graduated from West Virginia University with a doctorate degree in physical therapy in 2009 and a bachelor's in exercise physiology in 2006.

Christy Yatagan graduated from West Virginia University with a doctorate degree in physical therapy in 2009 and a bachelor's in exercise physiology in 2006. She has been a PT with Encompass Health for over ten years and was named DTO in 2018 after serving as a team leader and a department manager. Christy has 96 hours of specialized neuro IFRAH training but enjoys working with all patient populations. Christy previously led the hospital's team to maintain our Joint Commission Hip Fracture Management certification.

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