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Welcome to our hospital

At Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Nittany Valley, we are committed to helping you regain independence after a life-changing illness or injury. Serving Centre County, Pennsylvania, we are a leading provider of inpatient rehabilitation for stroke, Parkinson’s disease 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

73 Beds

Televisions

Telephones

Free WiFi

Courtyard

Tours available

Support groups

Nonsmoking

Pet friendly

Volunteers

Student observation hours

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We proudly display our Gold Seal of Approval™

Brain Injury Rehabilitation

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

Heart Failure

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

Stroke Rehabilitation

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

Parkinson's Disease Rehabilitation

Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in Parkinson's disease.

Take a virtual tour

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.
  • Four hallways lead from lobby to other areas of the hospital.
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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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  • a. Multiple tables and chairs for patients, visitors, and family to sit together.
  • Water and ice machine for use.
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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.
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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.
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  • Patient room with bed, sink, bathroom, and chair for visitors.
  • Wardrobe with storage for personal effects is under the television.
  • Window with exterior view.
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  • Shared patient room with two beds, sink, bathroom, and chairs for visitors.
  • Two wardrobes for storage.
  • Nightstands are placed next to each bed with a curtain to divide room between patient beds.
  • Window with exterior view.

Hospital happenings

Physical and occupational therapists brought their patients outside to enjoy the many therapeutic benefits of including horses in their group therapy. About 20 patients were able to experience the therapeutic effects of these special animals, and at least three patients had stated that it was their first time ever touching a horse! Thank you to the team from Rising Hope Therapeutic Riding Center: mini horses Rosy and Maddie and their handlers Yvonne, Lisa and Sherri.

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pet therapy

Hospital happenings

Despite visitor restrictions, our team is coming up with ways to help keep our patients connected with their support systems. Our staff placed room number identifiers on patient windows to make it easy for loved ones to be able to find each other and visit through the window.This group of girlfriends didn't let restricted visitation keep them from supporting one of their own. Friends for years, they showed up to encourage our patient while all wearing shirts from their most recent girls trip to Panama City.

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Hospital happenings

Just four doors down from our hospital is family owned Rony's Place Restaurant and Pizzeria. They’ve created “Stir Crazy Pizza Kits” to lessen the burden on local families. These kits contain all the fixings for a pizza and are available for pick-up. They also have supplied our employees with individually packaged pizza slices for lunch. We wanted to share our appreciation for their community service and creativity with an employee-signed thank you message and goodie bag filled with Encompass Health swag. Thank you again for all you have done for our local community and our hospital in these times.

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Leadership and staff

Amy Adams
Amy Adams

Chief Executive Officer

Amy first joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Nittany Valley, formerly HealthSouth, in 2003 after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies from the Pennsylvania State University.

Amy first joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Nittany Valley, formerly HealthSouth, in 2003 after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies from the Pennsylvania State University. Amy earned 10 years of care management experience before being promoted to the case management director in 2015.  In that role, she led the interdisciplinary team, ensuring exceptional services were being delivered and the needs of patients and families were met. In April 2020, Amy rose to the position of CEO, and oversees all of the hospital’s day-to-day operations as well as patient care and quality initiatives. Amy lives in Bellefonte with her husband and two sons.

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Richard Allatt
RICHARD ALLATT, M.D.

Medical Director

Dr. Allatt has served on the Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Nittany Valley, formerly HealthSouth Nittany Valley, team since 1995.

Dr. Allatt has served on the Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Nittany Valley, formerly HealthSouth Nittany Valley, team since 1995. He offers special expertise in back pain treatment, sports medicine and musculoskeletal medicine. Dr. Allatt earned his medical degree from McMaster University Medical School in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He completed his residency in family medicine at McMaster, followed by a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at The University of Ottawa in Canada. He is certified by The Royal College in Canada and The American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Medical Society.

Richard Allat, M.D. is an independent private practice physician whose office is located at the hospital.

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Tracy Ewing
TRACY EWING

Chief Nursing Officer

Tracy joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Nittany Valley, formerly HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, in May 2009, as director of marketing operations, and took on the role of Chief Nursing Officer in April, 2019.

Tracy joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Nittany Valley, formerly HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, in May 2009 as director of marketing operations, overseeing admissions and business development. Before joining Encompass Health, she worked in a variety of roles in the acute care hospital setting including staff nurse and manager of emergency services, in addition to long-term care, assisted living administrator and regional operations director. In 2019, Tracy took on the role of Chief Nursing Officer. Tracy has a bachelor's degree in nursing from The Pennsylvania State University School of Nursing and a master's of health sciences from Saint Francis University.

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Michelle Katz
MICHELLE KATZ

Human Resources Director

Michelle serves as the director human resources at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Nittany Valley, formerly HealthSouth Nittany Valley.

Michelle serves as the director human resources at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Nittany Valley, formerly HealthSouth Nittany Valley. She is a member of the Human Resources Association of Centre County (HRACC), the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Society of Healthcare Human Resources Professionals in Pennsylvania (SHHRPP), and the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA).

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Dr. Paul Koberna MD,FCCP
Dr. Paul Koberna, MD, FCCP

Associate Medical Director

Dr. Koberna is board certified in internal medicine and critical care medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians.

Dr. Koberna joined the medical staff at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Nittany Valley, formerly HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, as an independent physician in 2001, and became associate medical director in October of 2019. After graduating from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1990, he completed his residency and fellowship at The University of Virginia. Dr. Koberna is board certified in internal medicine and critical care medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians.

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David Pellerano
DAVID PELLERANO

Director of Quality and Risk Management

Dave has been with Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, since 1996 and has served as the director of quality and risk management since 1999.

Dave has been with Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, since 1996 and has served as the director of quality and risk management since 1999. He champions patient and family concerns, working with all appropriate staff to ensure the hospital is continuously improving its patient experience. He serves on the employee activities committee and patient experience group at the hospital. Dave received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Penn State University.

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Alan Phillips
ALAN PHILLIPS

Controller

Alan joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Nittany Valley, formerly HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, in November 2012.

Alan joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Nittany Valley, formerly HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, in November 2012. Prior to coming to Nittany Valley, Alan was the controller for Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital in Richmond, Virginia, since 2001 when he joined Encompass Health. Prior to his rehabilitation experience, Alan worked for a variety of for-profit healthcare providers since 1998. He holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Houston. He enjoys various outdoor activities and resides in Bellefonte with his wife Keri.

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Valerie Prave
VALERIE PRAVE, BSN, RN

Director of Case Management

Valerie joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Nittany Valley, formerly HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, in 2019 as nurse manager.

Valerie joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Nittany Valley, formerly HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, in 2019 as nurse manager. Before joining Encompass Health, she worked as the area director of skilled services for a home health organization in Pennsylvania. Val brings clinical expertise across multiple levels of care, as well as transition planning through the healthcare continuum. As director of case management, she leads our interdisciplinary team in collaborating care and discharge planning. She plays an integral role in patient advocacy and ensuring patient safety. Val has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from The Pennsylvania State University. She resides in Curwensville with her husband and family.

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Patty Smith
PATTY SMITH

Supervisor Administrative Support

Patty has worked at Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, since 1990 in a variety of positions, making her a valuable voice on the senior management team.

Patty has worked at Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, since 1990 in a variety of positions, making her a valuable voice on the senior management team. Patty oversees the switchboard operations and coordinates the support for the senior leadership team. She lives in Philipsburg with her husband and three children.

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Tracy Stoltz
TRACY STOLTZ

Director of Therapy Operations

Tracy joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Nittany Valley, formerly HealthSouth Nittany Valley, in 2007 as manager of the Pleasant Gap outpatient clinic.

Tracy joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Nittany Valley, formerly HealthSouth Nittany Valley, in 2007 as manager of the Pleasant Gap outpatient clinic. In 2010, her role expanded to manager of all outpatient services, including Encompass Health of Nittany Valley’s clinic at Geisinger Lewistown Hospital. She was promoted to director of therapy operations in 2015, and oversees both inpatient and outpatient therapy operations. Tracy holds a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Mount Aloysius College and has more than 23 years of clinical experience in numerous settings. Tracy serves on the Encompass Health National Outpatient Task Force and has been an active participant with process reviews and changes. She resides in Huntingdon with her family.

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