Superior amenities at our hospitals

103 Beds
84 Semi-private rooms
19 Private rooms
Televisions
Telephones
Free WiFi
Interpreter services
Spanish translators available
Tours available
Support groups
Nonsmoking
Pet friendly
Day room
Courtyard

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.

Stroke Rehabilitation

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

Brain Injury Rehabilitation

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

Leadership and Staff

Blake Bunner
BLAKE BUNNER

Chief Executive Officer

Blake has been with Encompass Health since 2009 and has served in other senior leadership roles for the company.
Blake Bunner is the CEO at Encompass Health, formerlyHealthSouth, Deaconess Rehabilitation Hospital in Evansville, Ind.. Blake has been with Encompass Health since 2009 and has served in other senior leadership roles for the company. Prior to Encompass Health, Blake served as chief operating officer for a multi-state nurse staffing firm. He is a three-term elected official and current president for a county fiscal body which set budgets and manages tax incentives. Blake currently serves as the president of a non-profit transportation company serving seniors and has been a board member of that organization since 2006. He is actively involved in youth sports and is the director of a church-based sports program. Blake earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Kentucky University and a master’s degree in business administration from Western Governor’s University Indiana.
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Mohammed Adeel
MOHAMMED ADEEL, M.D.

Executive Medical Director

Dr. Adeel is a fellowship trained and board-certified rehabilitation physician who was named associate medical director in March 2016.

Dr. Adeel is a fellowship trained and board-certified rehabilitation physician who was named associate medical director in March 2016. He brings with him 10 years of experience in his field. Most recently, he practiced at Staten Island University Hospital in New York where he was a clinical instructor in the rehabilitation medicine residency program. Dr. Adeel graduated from Kakatiya Medical College in Warrangal, AP, India in 1992.

Mohammed Adeel, M.D. is an independent private practice physician whose office is located at the hospital.

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 Emilian Armeanu
EMILIAN ARMEANU, M.D.

Infection Control Physician Advisor

Dr. Armeanu graduated from Carol Davila University School of Medicine in 1992.

Dr. Armeanu graduated from Carol Davila University School of Medicine in 1992. He moved to the United States in 1999 and relocated to Evansville in 2007. He has been the Infection Control Physician Advisor for Encompass Health Deaconess Rehabilitation Hospital, formerly HealthSouth Deaconess Rehabilitation Hospital since 2008 and currently serves as the president of our medical staff. Dr. Armeanu is board certified in Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine.

Emilian Armeanu, M.D. is an independent private practice physician whose office is located at the hospital.

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Vijay Bhasin
VIJAY BHASIN, M.D.

Program Director of Internal Medicine

Mike has been with Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth since July of 2011.

Dr. Bhasin is the program director of internal medicine. He graduated from the Government College Punjabi University Patiala in 1990. He performed clinical research at General Hospital in San Francisco, California. Dr. Bhasin moved to the United States in 1995 and relocated to Evansville in 2003 where he currently has a private practice. He was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 2004 with a nephrology subspecialty.

Vijay Bhasin, M.D. is an independent private practice physician whose office is located at the hospital.

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Eric Brackett
ERIC BRACKETT, M.D.

Admitting Physician

Dr. Brackett has been an admitting physician at Encompass Health Deaconess Rehabilitation Hospital, formerly HealthSouth Deaconess Rehabilitation Hospital since 2002.

Dr. Brackett has been an admitting physician at Encompass Health Deaconess Rehabilitation Hospital, formerly HealthSouth Deaconess Rehabilitation Hospital since 2002. He brings 18 years of experience and received his doctorate of medicine in 1996 from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Dr. Brackett’s primary practice is Family Medicine Associates in Evansville, IN. He is an active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Vanderburgh County Medical Society.

Eric Brackett, M.D. is an independent private practice physician whose office is located at the hospital.

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Ashok Dhingra
ASHOK DHINGRA, M.D.

Admitting Physician

Dr. Dhingra is the executive medical director and director of the brain injury program.

Dr. Dhingra is the executive medical director and director of the brain injury program. He has been a member of the Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth team since 1997. He is an experienced physiatrist and specializes in the medical and rehabilitative management of brain injury and spinal cord injury. Dr. Dhingra earned his medical degree from the University of Delhi in New Delhi, India, and completed his residency at the University of Missouri.

Ashok Dhingra, M.D. is an independent private practice physician whose office is located at the hospital.

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Trish Draeger
TRISH DRAEGER, RN, CRRN

Chief Nursing Officer

Trish has been employed at Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth since 2001.

Trish has been employed at Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth since 2001. She has 30 years of acute care nursing experience. She graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with an associate degree in nursing and from the University of Southern Indiana with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Trish is a member of the Indiana Organization of Nurse Executives and is a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN®).

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Cathy Elpers
CATHY ELPERS, RN, CCM, DCM

Director of Case Management

Cathy was promoted to director of case management in 2014.

Cathy was promoted to director of case management in 2014. She has been with Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth since 2012 as a case manager. She graduated from the Deaconess School of Nursing and has her certification in case management. Cathy has an extensive background with commercial insurance pre-certification.

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Wendy Gumbel
WENDY GUMBEL

Human Resources Director

Wendy joined Encompass Health Deaconess, formerly HealthSouth Deaconess as the Director of Human Resources in May 2017.

Wendy joined Encompass Health Deaconess, formerly HealthSouth Deaconess as the Director of Human Resources in May 2017. Previously, she worked for several years in behavioral healthcare in a variety of roles including patient care, human resources and quality. Wendy earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Southern Indiana and a master’s degree in business administration from Ball State. She serves on the board of directors for the Evansville Human Resources Association and the Warrick Humane Society.

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Brett Hirt
BRETT HIRT, PT, ATC

Director of Therapy Operations

Brett has been employed with Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth since 1996.

Brett has been employed with Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth since 1996 and currently serves as a regional director of therapy and is a member of Encompass Health’s National Therapy Leadership Board. He participates on the Community PT Advisory Committee for the University of Evansville and is an active member of Crossroads Christian Church where he has been involved with mission work. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Brett graduated from the University of Evansville with a bachelor's degree in science and a master's degree in physical therapy.

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Rhonda Ramsey
RHONDA RAMSEY

Controller

Rhonda Ramsey joined the Encompass Health Deaconess, formerly HealthSouth Deaconess team in December of 2015.

Rhonda Ramsey joined the Encompass Health Deaconess, formerly HealthSouth Deaconess team in December of 2015. Her career immediately prior to her hire at Encompass Health was with St. Mary’s Health as the manager of financial reporting. Rhonda obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from The University of Southern Indiana. She resides in Spencer County Indiana and is an active member of the Rockport Church of the Nazarene.

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Anita Shaw
ANITA SHAW, LCSW, CPHRM, CCM, CBIS

Director of Quality/Risk

Anita joined Encompass Health Deaconess, formerly HealthSouth Deaconess in 2017 as the director of quality and risk.

Anita Shaw joined Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth Deaconess in 2017. She brings multiple years of healthcare administration experience to her role. Anita served previously as the director of case management and director of quality/risk at Encompass Health Deaconess. She is a licensed clinical social worker, certified case manager and certified professional in healthcare risk management.

Anita serves the community by participating on the human rights committee for Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center and is the chairperson for human rights at Ireland Behavioral Health Services. 

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