Superior amenities at our hospitals

50 Beds
Televisions
Telephones
Free WiFi
Cafeteria
Courtyard
Interpreter services
Tours available
Nonsmoking

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.

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Leadership and Staff

Shawn Bright
Shawn Bright

Chief Executive Officer

Shawn Bright joined Encompass Health Newnan in April 2018. As CEO, he oversees the day-to-day operations as well as patient quality and care at the physical inpatient rehabilitation hospital. 

Shawn Bright joined Encompass Health Newnan in April 2018. As CEO, he oversees the day-to-day operations as well as patient quality and care at the physical inpatient rehabilitation hospital. He comes to Encompass Health Newnan after serving as CEO of Adams County Regional Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. In his more than 28 years’ experience, Bright has worked in a variety of healthcare roles starting his career as a nursing assistant and monitor technician while in college to becoming a registered respiratory therapist then moving into leadership roles such as director of operations, CEO and CEO – regional vice president. A registered respiratory therapist by trade, he earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He also earned a second bachelor’s degree from Liberty University and went on to receive a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Louisiana State University.

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Ashli Alexander
Ashli Alexander, M.D., MPH

Medical Director

Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan, formerly HealthSouth, welcomed Ashli Alexander, M.D., MPH, as medical director in January of 2018.

Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan, formerly HealthSouth, welcomed Ashli Alexander, M.D., MPH, as medical director in January of 2018. Dr. Alexander is a board certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician. She received her medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine and specializes in the management and treatment of complex rehabilitation patients.  Dr. Alexander has medical expertise in caring for patients with occupational injuries, neurological disorders, spinal disorders, stroke, amputations, sports-related injuries and pain disorders.

* The hospital provides access to independent physicians.

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David Broom
David Broom

Director of Plant Operations

David brings 26 years of healthcare facility maintenance to Encompass Health Newnan, formerly HealthSouth.

David brings 26 years of healthcare facility maintenance to Encompass Health Newnan, formerly HealthSouth. David has advanced and learned by working with several different healthcare organizations, including Tanner Health System, Piedmont Downtown Campus and Community Health Systems. David has also been involved in numerous Joint Commission surveys as well as day to day survey readiness. 

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Kent Buchanan
Kent Buchanan

Director of Therapy Operations

Kent brings more than 20 years of healthcare management and leadership experience to Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan, formerly HealthSouth.

Kent brings more than 20 years of healthcare management and leadership experience to Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan, formerly HealthSouth. He graduated from the Medical College of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy and has a master's degree in business administration from the University of West Georgia. He also completed a doctoral degree in physical therapy from the University of Montana. He has been active in the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia serving as a former president and a member of the board of directors.

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Dana Cato
Dana Cato, CRRN

Interim Chief Nursing Officer

Dana been in healthcare for more than 20 years, working primarily in emergency medicine.

Dana been in healthcare for more than 20 years, working primarily in emergency medicine. She has been with Encompass Health Newnan since the hospital opened in 2014 and has held several different roles including nurse manager, nurse educator and employee health nurse. Dana is currently in the RN to Master’s degree program at Western’s Governors University, where she plans to expand her leadership and education to continue her career with Encompass Health Newnan.

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Akela Fordham
Akela A. Fordham, Pharm.D.

Director of Pharmacy

Akela is the director of pharmacy at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan, formerly HealthSouth.

Akela is the director of pharmacy at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan, formerly HealthSouth. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy from Mercer University Southern School of Pharmacy in Atlanta, GA. To continue her education, she completed a pharmacy practice residency at Columbus Regional Hospital. Akela has worked at institutions including Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA, Columbus Specialty Hospital in Columbus, GA, West Central Regional Hospital in Columbus, GA and Regional Rehabilitation Hospital in Phenix City, AL.

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Erin Hayes
Erin Hayes, SPHR, MBA

Human Resources Director

Erin has worked in human resources for more than 20 years at companies in the financial services, hospitality and telecommunications industries

Erin has worked in human resources for more than 20 years at companies in the financial services, hospitality and telecommunications industries. She earned her undergraduate degree from Florida State University and her master's degree of business administration from University of Central Florida. Erin is Registered Corporate Coach (RCC) and a DDI certified trainer/facilitator. Additionally, she holds certifications in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the Birkman Method and DiSC Personality.

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Nancy Kendall
Nancy Kendall

Chief Nursing Officer

Nancy is the chief nursing officer of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan, formerly HealthSouth.

Nancy is the chief nursing officer of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan, formerly HealthSouth. Nancy has more than 20 years of experience in the nursing field with 12 years in various leadership positions. Nancy is involved in several professional organizations including the American Organization of Nurses Executives, Georgia Organization of Nurse Leaders and Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.

Nancy earned her master’s degree in nursing at Troy State University School of Nursing and her undergraduate degree in nursing from Georgia Southwestern State University. She is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau honor society for nursing. 

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Jenny Paul
Jenny Paul, CPA, MBA

Controller

Jenny brings more than 15 years of financial management experience to Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan.

Jenny brings more than 15 years of financial management experience to Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan. In 1993, she earned a bachelor’s degree in international economic affairs from the University of West Georgia and became a Certified Public Accountant in 2001. Additionally, she holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of West Georgia. She is a member of the Georgia Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs.

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Michelle Richardson
Michelle Richardson, BSN, RN, CCM

Director of Case Management

Michelle started her career in healthcare in 2002 as a Licensed Practical Nurse. 

Michelle started her career in healthcare in 2002 as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She brings more than 15 years of nursing experience including nine of those years in case management. Michelle received her associate degree in nursing at Tennessee State University then subsequently obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of West Georgia. She has practiced case management in the acute care, long term acute care and now the inpatient rehabilitation settings. Michelle is a member of the Case Management Society of America and the Academy of Certified Case Managers.

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Latesha Tsoungui
Latesha Tsoungui, MBA-HCA, MSN

Director of Quality & Risk Management

Latesha joins Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan with more than 20 years of experience in healthcare, including serving in various hospital leadership positions.

Latesha joins Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan with more than 20 years of experience in healthcare, including serving in various hospital leadership positions. Latesha earned her undergraduate degree in nursing from Lake-Sumter Community College and her master’s degree in nursing with Clinical Nurse Leader credentials at University of West Georgia. In addition, she holds a master's degree in business administration in healthcare administration from South University.

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