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Welcome to our hospital

At Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan, we are committed to helping you regain independence after a life-changing illness or injury. Located in Newnan, we serve the Atlanta metro area as a leading provider of inpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology 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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Superior amenities at our hospitals

50 Beds

Televisions

Telephones

Free WiFi

Cafeteria

Courtyard

Interpreter services

Tours available

Nonsmoking

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

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The following region contains a Google 3D virtual tour feature that allows a user to view the Encompass Health facility. To assist screen reader users in understanding what is presented in the 3D virtual tour, each image view is independently described within lists that can be found under each linked heading. The room links below our virtual tour leave this website and go directly to Google maps to walk through the hospital.

Please click on the arrows to navigate through the hallways on each floor. Use the "L" options on the right-hand side of the tour window below to navigate through different areas/floors of the hospital for a full virtual tour. See a key to "L" areas below.

  • Lobby/Foyer of hospital accessed through main hospital entrance.
  • Main desk in lobby entrance for receptionist and admitting area.
  • Chairs for patients and visitors to use.
  • Two hallways leading away from the lobby leading to other areas of the hospital.
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  • Outdoor area for rest and relaxation with multiple tables and chairs/benches.
  • Walking track with small stairs for building patient endurance.
  • Area for gardening around courtyard area.
  • Gazebo for patients and visitors to rest and relax together.
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  • Multiple tables and chairs for patients and visitors to eat together.
  • Buffet style food area with menu, utensils, and condiments to choose.
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  • Desk in hospital area for nurses to document in patient area.
  • Multiple hallways leading away from the desk to the rest of the hospital.
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  • Multiple tables throughout therapy gym to assist in patient therapies.
  • Exercise equipment throughout gym to be used with technologies in therapy sessions.
  • Small stairs to assist in building patient’s strength.

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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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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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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Wolf Guillaume
Wolf Guillaume

Director Facilities Management

Wolf began his career with Encompass Health at Walton Rehabilitation Hospital in 2010 as a maintenance mechanic and was promoted to maintenance manager and then facilities management director for Encompass Health’s Newnan Facility in January 2020. 

Wolf began his career with Encompass Health at Walton Rehabilitation Hospital in 2010 as a maintenance mechanic and was promoted to maintenance manager and then facilities management director for Encompass Health’s Newnan Facility in January 2020. His prior experience includes maintenance engineering positions in the hospitality industry. Wolf’s expertise includes engineering, environmental services, security, and safety. Wolf graduated from Pennco Technical College obtaining his degree in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration.

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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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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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