Superior amenities at our hospitals

49 Beds
Telephones
Televisions
Free WiFi
Interpreter services
Pet friendly
Support groups
Student observation hours
Volunteers
Tours available

We proudly display our Gold Seal of Approval™

Stroke Rehabilitation

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

Hip Fracture Rehabilitation

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

Leadership and staff

Michele Skripp
MICHELE SKRIPPS

Chief Executive Officer

Michele has 40 years of nursing and patient care services management experience. She became chief executive officer for Encompass Health Charleston in 2017.

Michele has 40 years of nursing and patient care services management experience. She became chief executive officer for Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, Charleston in 2017. She has a long tenure with Encompass Health working at Encompass Health Florence and AnMed Health in Anderson before returning to Charleston. She received her nursing diploma from St. Margaret’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. She also received a degree in ministry training from The University of the South School of Theology, as well as a healthcare management certification from Lander University in South Carolina.
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Jim Burns
JIM BURNS

Director of Plant Operations

Jim has been the director of plant operations since June 2007.

Jim has been the director of plant operations since June 2007. Prior to coming to Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, he was director of plant operations for seven years at Palmetto Behavioral Health in Charleston. Jim served 23 years with the United States Navy before retiring as a Lieutenant Commander in 1990. While in the Navy, Jim served as engineer officer on two large ships and helped recommission the U.S.S. Iowa. Jim and his wife Charlotte live in Summerville where they are active in their church and other community events

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Lakisha Butler
Lakisha Butler BSN, RN, CRRN

Director of Quality and Risk Management

Lakisha is a registered nurse and has served in multiple leadership roles since joining Encompass Health.
Lakisha is a registered nurse and has served in multiple leadership roles since joining Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, Charleston in 2008. Her devotion to customer satisfaction and process improvement has led her to her current role as director of quality/risk management, which she assumed in 2017. She leads the fall prevention efforts and is a nationally recognized presenter on the topic. Prior to Encompass Health Charleston, she was an emergency department nurse at Summerville Medical Center and a telemetry unit nurse at Cleveland Clinic. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Walden University and is a Certified Registered Rehabilitation Nurse (CRRN). Lakisha volunteers as a triage nurse at the Medical Outreach Clinic of Summerville.
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Janina Mclean
JANINA MCLEAN

Director of Case Management

Janina is a licensed clinical social worker with experience in the areas of healthcare, child welfare and behavioral health.
Janina is a licensed clinical social worker with experience in the areas of healthcare, child welfare and behavioral health. Her passion for advocacy has enabled her to work with diverse client populations in various cities on the United States East Coast. She has more than 10 years of experience in healthcare and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland at College Park as well as a master’s degree in social work from Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work. Janina, her husband and daughter are actively involved in community outreach through the local church that her husband pastors. A native New Yorker, she is a loyal Yankees fan and remains neutral in South Carolina’s Tigers-Gamecock rivalry.
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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.

* The hospital provides access to independent physicians.

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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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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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Healther Walker
HEATHER W. WALKER, M.D.

Program Director of Neuroscience Services

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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