The foundation of Encompass Health has always been our people. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve heard so many uplifting stories about the many ways our frontline employees have gone above and beyond for our patients, their families, our communities and each other.
In recognition of these efforts, Encompass Health will award our frontline employees in our 134 hospitals, 245 home health locations and 83 hospice locations with additional paid time off in recognition of their outstanding efforts during the COVID-19 outbreak. With more than 21,000 employees across the country that will benefit from this additional paid time off, our investment is estimated at $50 million.
Eligible frontline workers in both the inpatient rehabilitation hospital (IRF) and home health & hospice segments of our Company may earn up to two weeks of additional paid time off. In the IRF segment, eligible roles are the clinical staff and support staff that cannot work remotely. In the home health and hospice segment, eligible roles are direct care employees whose primary area of responsibility is providing patient care in the homes of patients.
Our employees’ dedication, despite the current, unsteady climate of our nation, has been an inspiration to us all. I am so proud of how our teams have come together to continue to provide the quality patient care for which Encompass Health is known.
Mark Tarr is president and CEO of Encompass Health.