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Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sewickley

Throughout the COVID 19 public health crisis, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sewickley has continued to offer its extensive range of excellent in-patient and out-patient services. CEO Leah Laffey says that the hospital is open and caring for patients with a wide variety of conditions, with restricted visiting for the safety and protection of both patients and staff.

“Right from the beginning, Encompass has been on top of this. We have implemented all of the CDC recommendations for COVID 19, and our management team meets twice a day, every day, to review and evaluate our practices and policies. We have a very experienced management team. There is a heightened sense of anxiety, naturally, but the staff is thoroughly trained in the use of Personal Protective Equipment. We have the equipment and supplies that we need, and we have infection control rooms. Staff education is ongoing, to keep everyone up-to-date as things change.”

Care of the staff is an essential element of the Encompass Health culture, and CEO Laffey says that special accommodations have been made to meet the needs of the staff during the COVID 19 outbreak. “We have a separate room for the staff to change their clothes before they leave; they can also shower here before they go home. We have a separate place for them to eat. We take everyone’s temperature at the entrance and we have one single entrance for now. We are providing lunch for the staff, and supporting local restaurants in doing so, and our corporate leaders have given every staff member an extra two weeks of paid vacation.”

“Encompass Health is licensed as an acute care hospital and has a joint partnership with Heritage Valley Health System. Encompass receives referrals from there as well as from other acute care hospitals, assisted living centers and other rehab facilities. Services include physical, occupational and speech therapy and special JCAHO disease-specific certifications for rehab programs for patients with stroke, brain injury, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, hip fractures, amputations and other conditions,” Leah Laffey says. “We look forward to getting back to our norm as a bustling, high-quality hospital that makes a lasting difference in the lives of others.”

Visit www.encompasshealth.com or call (412) 741-9500 for more information.

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