Encompass Health and Piedmont hosted a groundbreaking ceremony announcing the construction of a new 40-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in north Columbus, Georgia. Construction is expected to be completed by summer 2023.
In an interview with News 3, Brad Kennedy, President of Encompass Health’s South Central Region, shares that this new location in addition to the one in Phenix City will provide greater access to the people in the Columbus area. Kennedy said, “We already have a hospital across the river as a partnership between Encompass Health and Piedmont. It’s a 58-bed hospital in Phenix City, Alabama. By adding this hospital to the partnership, we provide even greater access to people in the Columbus area who need our care.” He shared that this hospital will be a place where patients can regain hope and independence to lead a better quality of life.
Current Administrator of Rehabilitation Services for Piedmont Columbus Regional Kendra Sermarini has been named as the Future CEO of the hospital. She says: “We’re excited to break ground today, and we’re excited about the expansion of our joint venture between Piedmont and Encompass Health. My experience working for Piedmont for more than the last decade in both clinical and administrative roles has prepared me to take on the role of CEO at this new rehab hospital.”