Encompass Health is a national sponsor of Together to End Stroke
At Tidelands Health Rehabilitation Hospital, an affiliate of Encompass Health, we are committed to helping you regain independence after a life-changing illness or injury. Located in Little River and serving the surrounding area including Calabash, Brunswick and Wilmington, we are a leading provider of inpatient rehabilitation 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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Chief Executive Officer
Carey Swanson was named CEO of Tidelands Health Rehabilitation Hospital in May 2018, bringing more than 18 years of experience as a physical therapist and healthcare leader to the role. Before assuming the CEO title, she served as the inpatient rehabilitation hospital’s director since 2014 and as a senior physical therapist at Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital from 2004-2014. She received her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of New England. Ms. Swanson is certified as a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and holds membership with American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association and the American Physical Therapy Association.
Dr. Smaldone has served as the medical director at Tidelands Health Rehabilitation Hospital since January 2019. She obtained her medical degree from Northeastern Ohio Medical University and completed her residency through Summa Health Systems in Akron, Ohio. She is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine. Dr. Smaldone brings more than 10 years of medical directorship and almost two decades clinical experience as a hospitalist and geriatrician to the Encompass Health family.
Director of Human Resources
Laura brings to Encompass Health more than 12 years of human resources experience in higher education and hospitality with expertise in employee relations. She is a certified professional in human resources and earned a bachelor’s degree in business - human resources from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree in business administration from Coastal Carolina University.
Director of Case Management
Sheena Gaddis assumed the Director of Case Management role in November 2018 and has been with Tidelands Health Rehabilitation Hospital since November 2017. Prior to relocating to Myrtle Beach, SC from Fayetteville, NC, Sheena has held positions as an acute care inpatient case manager, mental health therapist, and adjunct professor for social work students. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both South Carolina and North Carolina and has over 14 years’ experience in case management. Sheena graduated in 2008 from Fayetteville State University with a Masters in Social Work.
Chief Nursing Officer
Linda is a registered nurse with more than 24 years’ nursing experience in the areas of acute care nursing and emergency room. She formerly served as the clinical director at Tidelands Health for their medical surgical/stroke unit for 10 years prior to coming to Tidelands Health Rehabilitation Hospital. Linda earned a diploma in nursing from Ann May School of Nursing in Neptune, New Jersey and then furthered her education through obtaining a BSN and a MSN from Chamberlain College of Nursing.
Director of Plant Operations
William is the Director of Plant Operations for Encompass Health. William has over 25 years of Plant Operations experience in healthcare. His responsibilities include supervision of security, engineering, housekeeping, and emergency response. William is a native of New Jersey and relocated to South Carolina over 22 years ago.
Director of Quality/RIsk
Christy is a registered nurse who has worked for Encompass Health since February 2014 and joined the Tidelands Health Rehabilitation Hospital in February 2019. Christy has over four years of experience working directly in quality assurance with a focus on infection control, wound care, and patient assessment standards. Christy’s passion has always been to improve patient outcomes and patient satisfaction and has dedicated her career to doing so. Christy is currently a member of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology and the American Board of Wound Management. Christy earned her degree in nursing from Gwynedd-Mercy University and also holds a certification as a certified wound care associate.
Teresa Martin joined Tidelands Health Rehabilitation Hospital, an affiliate of Encompass Health, in March 2019 as the controller. Teresa has more than 25 years of hospital experience, which include HCA and UHS health systems and has been instrumental with hospital start-ups and transitioning ambulatory surgical centers to licensed hospitals. She has a bachelor’s degree with a major in accounting from Ottawa University.
Director of Business Development
Ashley joined Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, Florence in 2017 with 10 years’ experience in healthcare marketing. Having worked with nurses, case managers, administrators, physicians and patients across the continuum of care, Ashley recognizes the significance of helping patients access the appropriate level of care, at the right time, for the best possible patient outcome and low hospital readmission rates. She is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration marketing, and she is also a Certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. As director of marketing operations, Ashley leads a dynamic team of healthcare professionals responsible for marketing, business development, patient education and community outreach in the Pee Dee and surrounding areas of South Carolina.
Area Director of Pharmacy
Jason T. Strow, Pharm.D., BCGP, CTTS, serves as Encompass Health’s MidAtlantic Regional Director of Pharmacy and Area Director of Pharmacy at Tidelands Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Strow has worked with Encompass Health since 2009. In 2010, he was awarded the Outstanding Employee Achievement Award for the MidAtlantic Region of Encompass Health. Dr. Strow completed a PGY-1 and PGY-2 residency in primary care pharmacy from the Huntington Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia. He is board certified as a Geriatric Pharmacist. Dr. Strow completed a Parkinson’s disease traineeship at Northwestern University’s Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders Center. He is also a Mayo Clinic Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist.
Being an active member of American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, Dr. Strow is previous Chair of the Small and Rural Hospitals Section Advisory Group, previous member of the ASHP House of Delegates, and past affiliate president of the West Virginia Society of Health System Pharmacists. He is currently the Co-Chair of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Pharmacy Task Force.
In his current position, Dr. Strow serves as a member of the Encompass Health Pharmacy Leadership Board and is a previous member of the Encompass Health Patient Safety Taskforce. He was chosen to be part of the Clinical Thought Leadership for Encompass Health and additionally serves as adjunct faculty at Marshall University School of Pharmacy.
Director of Therapy Operations
Cheryl is a registered occupational therapist with more than 25 years of rehabilitation experience, which includes more than 12 years of leadership experience coordinating rehabilitation services for Tidelands Health. She is a graduate of the South Carolina Hospital Association Management Academy. Cheryl earned a degree in occupational therapy as a certified occupational therapy assistant and specialized in traumatic brain injuries for eight years. She then obtained her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1994.
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