When their return to independence depends on you,
we are here. Encompass Health offers the advanced
therapy and care patients need after a life-changing illness or injury.
Encompass Health is a national sponsor of Together to End Stroke
This hospital has
Joint Commission Accreditation
At Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital, we are committed to helping you regain independence after a life-changing illness or injury. Serving Tennessee and the greater Nashville area, we are a leading provider of rehabilitation after stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury 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 spinal cord.
Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in traumatic brain injury rehabilitation.
Thank you to the members of our team who coordinated this sweet message showing appreciation for our staff. We are thankful for all the heroes in our hospital who are giving their best to our patients every day.
- Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital
Chief Executive Officer
Jeffrey Palmucci was named CEO on Sept. 18, 2017 for Vanderbilt-Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital, where he served as the interim chief operating officer for six months prior. Since 2010, Jeff has served as administrative director of operations for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt Outpatient Imaging Services, Rehabilitation Services and Nutrition Services. He also shared oversight of five Vanderbilt imaging center ventures for adult and pediatric patients. Jeff earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph's College and is a Certified Radiology Administrator of the American Healthcare Radiology Administrators and a Registered Technologist in Radiography of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.
Dr. Johns joined Vanderbilt Stallworth in August 2013, coming from Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital where he served as the associate hospital medical director and medical director for the spinal cord injury program from 2006 - 2013. A graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he completed his medical studies at Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Johns completed his residency and chief residency at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is sub-specialty board certified in spinal cord injury medicine.
Dr. Johns is an independent private practice physician.
Christine joined Vanderbilt Stallworth in 2016. She previously resided in Houston, Texas, and has more than 20 years’ healthcare experience in hospital and outpatient settings. She is a graduate of Austin Peay State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Chief Nursing Officer
Cynthia Childress was named chief nursing officer in May 2018 for Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. Prior to joining Vanderbilt Stallworth, Cindy served in a variety of roles at Vanderbilt Medical Center since 2001 including manager for orthopedics/urology, general surgery and colorectal surgery. In addition, she served as the business coordinator for the Surgical Patient Care Center. She started her career at Wellmont Holston Valley Hospital in East Tennessee as a critical care RN and as a critical care educator. Cindy has an MBA from Middle Tennessee State University and a BSN from East Tennessee State University.
Director of Pharmacy
Tamika brings more than 10 years of pharmacy management experience to her role as director of pharmacy. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Florida A&M University in 2004 and completed her master’s degree in business at the University of Florida in 2012. Tamika has practiced in many areas of pharmaceutical care including inpatient, long-term acute care, community and home infusion settings. Her practice expertise includes management, antimicrobial stewardship and pharmacokinetics. She supports the Tennessee Schools of Pharmacy in her role as associate faculty/preceptor.
Director of Case Management
Michael joined Vanderbilt Stallworth in December 2002 as a case manager. He previously worked for Neurorestorative Group as a vocational rehabilitation specialist and case manager. In January 2018, he assumed the interim director of case management role and was promoted to the permanent position in March 2018. Michael’s clinical interests include spinal cord injury and multiple trauma rehabilitation. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a degree in anthropology in 1996, and completed his master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from The University of Memphis in 1998.
Director of Quality and Risk Management
Angela joined Vanderbilt Stallworth in 2017 as a registered nurse and was promoted to director of quality and risk management in April 2019. With over 7 years of nursing experience, Angela worked in a variety of clinical settings including medical-surgical, hospice, long term care and rehabilitation. Her clinical interests are traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury rehabilitation. Angela earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Trent University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She resides in Nashville area with her husband Michael and their daughter Sydney.
Director of Therapy Operations
Eric Lieman, PT, DPT, has been employed at Vanderbilt Stallworth since 2008. He started as a staff physical therapist, was promoted to therapy manager in January 2016, and now serves as the director of therapy operations. Eric’s clinical interests include neurological rehabilitation. He graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in psychology in 2001, and completed his physical therapy degree in 2006 at Columbia University. Eric lives in Nashville with his wife Gina and twins Isabella and Dylan.
Director of Support Services
Tim brings more than 25 years of healthcare experience to Vanderbilt Stallworth. Tim grew up in Melbourne Beach, Florida and began a career in materials management when he entered healthcare in 1981 after a tour in the Navy. He joined the rehabilitation sector in 1989. Tim has worked in rehabilitation hospitals in Florida, Texas, California and Tennessee with progressive levels of responsibility.
Director of Human Resources
Melissa has more than 14 years of healthcare human resources experience in for-profit, non-profit and higher education settings. She comes to Vanderbilt Stallworth from the University of Miami in Miami, Florida, where she spent four years as the human resources manager at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and one year as the senior nurse recruiter for the Miller School of Medicine. Melissa earned a bachelor’s degree in human resource management from Florida Atlantic University and a master’s degree in human resource management from Nova Southeastern University. She has her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification and is a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).
Business Development Director
Fadi joined Vanderbilt Stallworth as the business development director in January 2020 with over 20 years of healthcare experience. After earning a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, he’s worked for national and international healthcare organizations, specializing in leadership, marketing and business development. Fadi is passionate about helping people and developing strong relationships, both personal and at work.
Section 501(r)(3) under the Affordable Care Act requires a hospital organization to conduct a (CHNA) every three years and to adopt an implementation strategy (IS) to meet the community health needs identified through the CHNA. The most recent CHNA/IS, which covered Davidson, Rutherford and Williamson Counties, was adopted by the VUMC Board of Directors in November of 2019. The CHNA/IS covers the licensed hospital facilities of Vanderbilt University Hospitals and Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital.
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