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

We proudly display our Gold Seal of Approval™

Stroke Rehabilitation

Our stroke rehabilitation program has earned Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission.

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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Cynthia Ashby
Cynthia Ashby

Human Resources Director

Cynthia has spent more than 15 years successfully supporting corporate objectives by leveraging talent management across healthcare, pharma and manufacturing platforms.
As a certified senior HR professional, Cynthia has spent more than 15 years successfully supporting corporate objectives by leveraging talent management across healthcare, pharma and manufacturing platforms. With a focus on organizational effectiveness she utilizes expertise in leadership development, organizational structure, conflict management and holistic collaboration.  She has earned a Master of Science degree in industrial relations from West Virginia University and a Strategic HR Leadership certification from Cornell University.
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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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Tonda Hockenberry
Tonda Hockenberry

Chief Nursing Officer

Tonda joined Encompass Health Parkersburg, formerly HealthSouth Western Hills, in April 2010.
Tonda joined Encompass Health Parkersburg, formerly HealthSouth Western Hills, in April 2010. She has served as a nurse, interim nurse supervisor and case manager. Tonda accepted the nurse manager position at Western Hills in July 2013 and was promoted to chief nursing officer five months later. Prior to HealthSouth, her previous work experiences were in long-term care and sub-acute care where she had many roles that included unit manager of the vent unit, staff development, ADON and DON. Tonda began her nursing career as a CNA in 1986 and obtained an associate’s degree in nursing in 1999. She also received a bachelor’s degree in organizational development in July 2013. Tonda currently holds a certification in Six Sigma and is certified to perform midline catheter placements and to teach State Tested Nursing Assistant classes in Ohio and West Virginia.
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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 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 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 first-hand knowledge and understanding of how patient care is delivered and translates into results oriented strategies that impact the bottom line.
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 that impact the bottom line. 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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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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