When their return to independence depends on you,
we are here. Encompass Health offers the advanced
therapy and care patients need after a life-changing illness or injury.
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This hospital has
Joint Commission Accreditation
At Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts, we are committed to helping you regain independence after a life-changing illness or injury. Serving Ludlow, Springfield and western Massachusetts, 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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Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in pulmonary rehabilitation.
Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in stroke rehabilitation.
Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in brain injury rehabilitation.
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With many looking to turn the page on 2020, Encompass Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts in Ludlow is preparing to enter the new year in a continued fight against COVID-19. Medical Director Dr. Adnan Dahdul proudly receives the Moderna vaccine from Chief Nursing Officer Cidalia Vital, RN. Our entire team has done a tremendous job throughout the pandemic. With a continued focus on clinical excellence and patient satisfaction, we welcome 2021.
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Chief Executive Officer
John joined Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth in January of 2016 with almost 30 years of experience in the rehabilitation field in both clinical and administrative roles. In addition to acute inpatient rehabilitation, he has worked in outpatient, acute medical and private practice. John has served as a rehabilitation clinical consultant regionally and nationally with a focus on patient care and superior clinical outcomes. He holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Dr. Dahdul has served as medical director of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts, formerly HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts since 1995. He is an active member of the greater Springfield medical community and a member in good standing of the Massachusetts Medical Society. Dr. Dahdul completed a hospital leadership fellowship at UCLA San Francisco. He received the Encompass Health Medical Leadership award in 2011 and has developed several outstanding communication tools helping Encompass Health Western Massachusetts patients safely transition from the hospital back to their primary care physicians.
Adnan Dahdul, M.D. is an independent private practice physician whose office is located at the hospital.
Human Resources Director
As the director of human resources, Danuta oversees all aspects of human resources management. Danuta holds a degree in business administration and brings over 20 years of HR and management experience to the Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth team. Prior to joining Encompass Health, she has held various HR leadership positions, with many in a regional capacity covering multiple states. Her diverse HR background and concentration in healthcare administration gives her a wealth of experience in talent management, benefits administration and regulatory compliance. Her focus in these areas will further enhance Encompass Health’s known reputation in clinical outcomes, patient experience and employee satisfaction.
Director Therapy Operations
Deb has practiced in the field of occupational therapy for over 12 years. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in health science and a master’s degree in occupational therapy from Russell Sage College, she joined the Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth team in 2004. She has held multiple positions at the hospital and was promoted to the director of therapy operations in 2016. Her knowledge and experience in acute rehabilitation has fostered exceptional patient care and excellent clinical outcomes.
Director of Plant Operations
A.J. provides administrative oversight for all guest service-related departments in the hospital. He co-chairs the hospital’s safety committee, which is responsible for patient safety improvements and ensuring hospital compliance with The Joint Commission Accreditation Standards. A.J. also monitors compliance with local, state and federal regulations of the hospitals’ environment of care. He has been with Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth since 1996 and also serves as the hospital’s emergency manager and IT administrator.
Prior to assuming his position at Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, John served as an audit manager for Alexander, Aronson, Finning & Co., P.C. in Westborough, Massachusetts. He also previously worked in several financial services positions for UMass Memorial Healthcare, Worcester, Massachusetts. A certified public accountant, John earned his certificate in accounting at Assumption College. He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross.
Director of Quality
Deb has worked in the rehabilitation field since 1994, serving in many roles which include staff nurse, clinical supervisor, PPS coordinator and Functional Outcome Measures/documentation educator. She is a CPR instructor and holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Having been a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN®) since 2008, Deb acts as a CRRN® review course instructor for Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts and other Encompass Health hospitals.
Business Development Director
Brian joined Encompass Health in November 2020 to provide oversight to the hospital admission and business development team. With more than 15 years in healthcare, he provides a vast perspective into business development practices through his experience in local, regional and national markets. Brian is a senior leader with a record of accomplishment for growing new and existing home health and hospice markets. He brings knowledge of developing sales training programs, enablement tools and design of cross‑functional workflows to support quality-led care for patients, families and caregivers.
Director of Case Management
Kathleen has been a social worker and case manager in a hospital setting for more than thirty years. She received her bachelor's degree in social work from Western New England College in 1985 and began her career at Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth Western Massachusetts in March 1996 in the capacity of discharge planner. Kathleen was promoted to case manager in 1997; and, in 2018, she assumed the role of director of case management. Her “patient-first” approach and team focus have resulted in a high level of patient and family satisfaction.
Chief Nursing Officer
Cidalia joined Encompass Health in August 2019. Cidalia has 11 years of leadership experience, mostly in acute care with various roles including nurse educator, assistant manager, and magnet program director. Cidalia has served on several state and national nursing boards focusing on improving nursing excellence through advocacy, certification, and engagement. Cidalia has published in academic journals as well as presented nationally and internationally on nursing with an emphasis on the importance of research and empowering the bedside clinicians. Cidalia holds a master’s degree and doctorate from UMASS Amherst with her research focusing on patient safety and quality.
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