Encompass Health is a national sponsor of Together to End Stroke
By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety, our hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission.
Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in stroke rehabilitation.
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. 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.
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.
Director of Plant Operations
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.
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. 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.
Director of Pharmacy
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.
Human Resources Director
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.
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.
Director of Case Management
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.
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 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.