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At Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Gadsden, we are committed to helping you regain independence after a life-changing illness or injury. Located in Gadsden, our inpatient rehabilitation hospital provides inpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology for stroke 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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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 hip fracture rehabilitation.
Chief Executive Officer
Kayla came to Encompass Health Gadsden, formerly HealthSouth Gadsden from Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Montgomery where she served as an associate administrator. Her experience also includes serving as controller at Encompass Health Sugar Land Rehabilitation Hospital and in various roles with Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital in Katy, Texas. She received her bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Huntington College and her master’s in business administration from Tulane University.
Dr. Slutsker joined Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth in 2005 in Phenix City, AL, and later joined the Encompass Health team in Fredericksburg, VA, before coming to Gadsden in 2013. He graduated New York College of Osteopathic medicine in 1995 and completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. Dr. Slutsker is board certified in PM&R and also a member of the American College of Osteopathic Medicine and the American Osteopathic Medicine Association.
* The hospital provides access to independent physicians.
Director of Case Management
Leslie brings 23 years of nursing experience to Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth. In 2013, she transferred to Encompass Health Gadsden from HealthSouth Lakeshore in Birmingham, Alabama, where she held multiple roles as a staff nurse, weekend nurse supervisor and PPS coordinator. She began her career at HealthSouth Gadsden as a case manager and was promoted to the director position in 2016. Leslie is a Certified Case Manger and Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse and is currently furthering her education at Southern New Hampshire University.
Chief Nursing Officer
Tina has more than 25 years of nursing experience ranging from medical surgical nursing and intensive care. She began working at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Gadsden, formerly HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Gadsden in 2008 as a staff nurse and has served in the roles of charge nurse, supervisor and nurse manager. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse and is currently furthering her education at Southern New Hampshire University.
Kim has more than 26 years of nursing experience and joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Gadsden, formerly HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Gadsden in 2001. She began working as a staff nurse and has served in the roles of charge nurse, case manager, infection control and nurse supervisor. Kim also oversees the hospital’s employee health initiatives.
Director of Business Development
Jennifer has more than nine years of experience in healthcare marketing, which includes the areas of case management, discharge planning, medical sales, business development and physician relations. An Anniston native, Jennifer graduated from Jacksonville State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and is a proud partner of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association of Alabama.
Director of Pharmacy
Brandi has been with Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, since 2004. She has a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from the University of South Alabama and a Doctorate of Pharmacy from Samford University. She is a member of the Alabama Society of Health System Pharmacists and specializes in geriatric medicine.
Director of Therapy Operations
Janet has been with Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Gadsden, formerly HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Gadsden since 2002 and has worked in both the inpatient and outpatient departments. She specializes in stroke rehabilitation. Janet graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation services and received her master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Alabama in Birmingham.
Director of Facilities Management
Phil has more than 39 years of plant operations experience and has served for over 13 years as a director in an acute hospital. He joined Encompass Health Gadsden in 2015 and works to oversee security and is a safety officer member of the Alabama Society of HealthCare Engineers (ALSHE).
Melissa joined Encompass Health Gadsden in 2018. She has over 20 years of experience in acute and rehabilitation healthcare settings. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from The University of Alabama and a master’s degree in business administration from Georgia State University. Melissa is also a certified public accountant and a certified management accountant.
Human Resources Director
Rhonda joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Gadsden, formerly HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Gadsden in 2015 as Human Resources Director. Rhonda has more than 30 years of experience in human resources and recruitment having previously worked with Health Management Associates at the hospital and corporate level and Tenet Healthcare.
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