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At Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Richmond, we are committed to helping you regain independence after a life-changing illness or injury. Located in Richmond, we serve Henrico, Hanover and Chesterfield counties as a leading provider of inpatient rehabilitation for stroke, cardiac conditions, Parkinson’s disease 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

40 Beds
Telephones
Televisions
Cafeteria
Free WiFi
Interpreter services
Tours available
Student observation hours

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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.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

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

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.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

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

Leadership and Staff

Vivian Ehite
VIVIAN WHITE

Chief Executive Officer

Vivian joined Encompass Health in April, 2019.

Vivian joined Encompass Health in April, 2019. She received a bachelor's degree in nursing from the College of Saint Teresa in Minnesota. Over the last decade Vivian has provided leadership for a healthcare services company by serving in roles such as CEO and division vice president; regional senior director of sales and marketing. Her management provides support to clinical and administrative efforts, while maintaining positive customer relations, and her motivation comes from working with a dynamic team who is dedicated to providing an exceptional patient experience.

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Todd Wichman
DR. TODD WICHMAN, PM&R

Medical Director

Dr. Wichman comes to us from Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, N.C. where he served as the chief of physical medicine and rehabilitation and battalion surgeon.

Dr. Wichman comes to us from Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, N.C. where he served as the chief of physical medicine and rehabilitation and battalion surgeon for the 1-508 Parachute Infantry Division 82nd Airborne, with active service in Afghanistan. Dr. Wichman earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon and medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, with postdoctoral training at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C. In addition to his duties as medical director at Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, Virginia, Dr. Wichman competes in national Crossfit and mud racing competitions, is an active aviator with a commercial pilot’s license, and is cultivating a hop farm in Craig County, Va.

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Marjorie Blackhurst
MARJORIE (MAGGIE) BLACKHURST

Director of Quality/Risk Management

Maggie Blackhurst has been a member of the Encompass Health family since 2008 as the director of quality and risk management.
Maggie Blackhurst has been a member of the Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, family since 2008 as the director of quality and risk management. She began her career in healthcare as an LPN. During her ten-year tenure with the Tennessee QIO she obtained her Certification in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ). She obtained her degree in health information management and is currently a member of AHIMA, NAHQ, and ASHRM.
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Roberto Diesta
ROBERTO DIESTA, CHFM

Director of Plant Operations/Safety Officer/Security Officer

Rob brings 20 years maintenance experience and more than six years of experience in an acute care hospital to Richmond.
Rob brings 20 years maintenance experience and more than six years of experience in an acute care hospital to Richmond. He began his career at Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, at the Richmond facility in July 2014. He has a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and associate's degree in marine engineering. Rob is a native Baltimore, Md. and retired veteran of the U.S. Navy. He is married to Catherine and has a son, Robert.
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Penny Essienberg
PENNY EISSENBERG, OTL

Director of Therapy Operations

Penny Eissenberg has been with Encompass Health for more than 15 years.
Penny Eissenberg has been with Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, for over 15 years. She started her Encompass Health career as an inpatient occupational therapist and moved into the role of occupational therapy manager which she held until her promotion to director of therapy operations. Penny graduated from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Penny has varied experience in rehabilitation services with a special interest and expertise in driver rehabilitation. Her first love is direct patient care and she strives to lead her department by example. Each therapist she directs is challenged to create meaningful and purposeful relationships with every patient they treat. Our patient’s goals become our goals
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Kristen Griffin
Kristen T. Griffin, CPC

Director of Human Resources

Kristen brings more than 20 years’ experience in human resources to Encompass Health.
Kristen joined Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, Virginia in May 2018. Bringing more than 20 years’ experience in human resources, she most recently worked for Aetna supporting three business units within the customer service organization as a senior HR consultant. Throughout her career, she has delivered human resources service excellence based on the core values compassion, integrity, coaching, communication, compliance, education, and adaptability. Kristen graduated from the University of Richmond with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary liberal arts and is a certified professional coach with specialization in leadership and career coaching.
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Jennifer Martin
JENNIFER MARTIN

Controller

Jennifer is a graduate from Longwood University with a degree in business administration concentration in finance and a minor in economics
Jennifer is a graduate from Longwood University with a degree in business administration concentration in finance and a minor in economics. Jennifer started her career with Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, as an administrative assistant with the Charlottesville location in February 2004. Soon thereafter, she was promoted to accountant. In May 2014, she took on the role as controller for the Richmond location. Jennifer is an avid reader and enjoys running and spending time at the beach with her family.
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