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Welcome to our hospital

At Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Parkersburg, we are committed to helping you regain independence after a life-changing illness or injury. Located in Parkersburg, West Virginia, and serving the greater Mid-Ohio Valley and surrounding areas, we are a leading provider of inpatient rehabilitation for stroke, brain 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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Careers

What to expect

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Superior amenities at our hospitals

40 Beds

Televisions

Telephones

Free WiFi

Nonsmoking

Courtyard

Pet friendly

Interpreter services

Spanish translators available

Tours available

Student observation hours

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We proudly display our Gold Seal of Approval™

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.

  • Multiple tables and chairs for patients and visitors to eat together.
  • Vending machines for drinks and snacks available for purchase.
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L2 - Lobby
  • 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.
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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, TV and chair for visitors.
  • Wardrobe with storage for personal effects.
  • Small desk area with chair.
  • Window with exterior view.
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  • Shared patient room with two beds, sink, bathroom, TV 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.

Leadership and staff

Al Lawson
Al Lawson

Chief Executive Officer

Al brings more than 15 years of healthcare management expertise to Encompass Health.
Al brings more than 15 years of healthcare management expertise to Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, Parkersburg and holds a master’s degree in management-healthcare administration. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and on the board of the West Virginia Hospital Association. Al holds a juris doctor degree from Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio.
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Kalapala Rao
Kalapala Rao, M.D.

Medical Director

Dr. Rao is board certified in both physical medicine and rehabilitation and internal medicine.

Dr. Rao joined Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, Parkersburg in 1993. He is board certified in both physical medicine and rehabilitation and internal medicine. Dr. Rao is a 1976 graduate of Rangaraya Medical College, Vijayawada University Health Science, in Kakinada, AP, India.

* The hospital provides access to independent physicians.

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Jessica D. Gum
Jessica D. Gum, CPA

Controller

Jessica has more than 10 years experience in accounting.
Jessica joined Encompass Health Parkersburg, formerly HealthSouth Western Hills,  in December 2011. She has more than 10 years experience in accounting. She graduated from West Virginia University of Parkersburg with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting. She successfully passed her certified public accountant exam in 2008 and is licensed to practice in West Virginia. She is a member of the West Virginia Society of CPAs and a member of the American Institute of CPAs.
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René Ingraham
René Ingraham

Patient Assess Standards Coordinator

Rene’ has been employed by Encompass Health Parkersburg since 2011 serving in nursing supervisor and nurse manager roles before moving into the patient assessment standards coordinator position in January 2018.
Rene’ brings more than 26 years of nursing experience to her role at Encompass Health Parkersburg, formerly HealthSouth Western Hills. She has been employed by Encompass Health Parkersburg since 2011 serving in nursing supervisor and nurse manager roles. She moved into the patient assessment standards coordinator position in January 2018. Rene graduated from Hocking College with an associate degree in nursing.
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Michelle Lowers
Michelle Lowers, MS, LSW

Director of Care Management

Michelle has worked in the field of social services for more than 17 years.
Michelle has been employed at Encompass Health Parkersburg, formerly HealthSouth Western Hills, since 2006. She has worked in the field of social services for 17 years. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in social work and a certificate in women’s studies from West Virginia University she began her career as a licensed social worker. Michelle also holds a master’s degree in strategic leadership from Mountain State University.
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Anna Matheny
Anna Matheny, MSN, BSN, RN

Business Development Director

With more than 23 years of success in the healthcare industry, Anna has been a leader with a combined skill set consisting of strong business acumen and an understanding of how patient care is delivered.
Anna has worked at Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, for 11 years. With more than 23 years of success in the healthcare industry, Anna has been a leader with a combined skill set consisting of strong business acumen and first-hand knowledge and understanding of how patient care is delivered and translates into results oriented strategies. She is a highly organized, effectual team player who empowers her staff and encourages innovative approaches and out of the box thinking that fosters both camaraderie and growth. Anna has proven experience as a leader of change in a very fast paced matrix environment. She is a hands-on leader with a proactive approach that focuses on execution.
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Olivia Morrison
Olivia Morrison

Human Resources Director

Olivia joined Encompass Health Parkersburg as the human resources director in June 2020 having previously served as the human resources manager from 2019-2020.

Olivia joined Encompass Health Parkersburg as the human resources director in June 2020 having previously served as the human resources manager from 2019-2020 and the human resources assistant from 2015-2018. Olivia graduated from West Virginia University of Parkersburg in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

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Becky Olbers
Becky Olbers, B.A., M. Ed.

Director of Quality and Risk Manager

Becky worked 17 years in the mental health field as a case manager, mental health therapist, quality and risk manager and was a director of an adolescent and adult crisis stabilization program.
Becky has been employed at Encompass Health Parkersburg, formerly HealthSouth Western Hills since July 2002. Becky worked 17 years in the mental health field as a case manager, mental health therapist, quality and risk manager and was a director of an adolescent and adult crisis stabilization program. She received a bachelor’s degree in social work from Ohio University and completed her master’s degree in education, specializing in community and agency counseling from Ohio University.
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Cami Smith
Cami Smith, PT

Director of Therapy Operations

Cami joined Encompass Health in September 2017 as director of therapy, previously serving as a staff physical therapist at the hospital from 2006-2013.
Cami joined Encompass Health Parkersburg, formerly HealthSouth Western Hills, in September 2017 as director of therapy, previously serving as a staff physical therapist at the hospital from 2006-2013. She has management experience in long term skilled setting as well as treating physical therapy experience in home health and outpatient therapy. Cami graduated from University of Kentucky in 2006 with a master’s degree in physical therapy and a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. In addition, she has extensive dementia care training, receiving PAC certification in 2017.
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