Names & Faces: OT December 2016

See who is making news and notable career moves in the occupational therapy world.

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MossRehab’s Melissa Meyers.

Meyers Receives Master Clinician Award from POTA

MossRehab Jenkintown’s Melissa Meyers, PTD, OTR/L, for received the Master Clinician Award from the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association.

This award recognizes an occupational therapy practitioner who has consistently provided high quality occupational therapy services and who has shared their knowledge and expertise. In addition to other criteria, the nominee must have participated in clinical research, publications, and presentations that foster interest and skill development and advanced forms of practice.

MossRehab is a member of the Einstein Healthcare Network, the largest independent medical center in the Philadelphia region. They provide comprehensive treatment for all needs in a single location, with a team of doctors and therapists working together to create a customized plan of care. The programs offered at MossRehab are regularly recognized for clinical excellence and above-average outcomes. Their integrated research institute is an important part of treatment, leading the way to new advances and innovations in medical rehabilitation.

Current HealthSouth CEO, Jay Grinney.

HealthSouth Chief Executive Officer Jay Grinney to Retire at End of 2016; New Appointments Made

BIRMINGHAM, Ala./PRNewswire/ — HealthSouth Corporation (NYSE: HLS) (the “Company”) today announced that President and Chief Executive Officer, Jay Grinney, will retire from the Company, effective December 31, 2016. HealthSouth’s board of directors has appointed current Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Mark J. Tarr, to succeed Grinney as President, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board upon his retirement. Grinney will serve as a consultant to the Company until March 31, 2017.

Leo I. Higdon Jr., chairman of HealthSouth’s board of directors, said, “Jay joined HealthSouth as President and CEO at a critical time in the Company’s history and led HealthSouth through a successful turnaround and eventual repositioning as one of the nation’s leading providers of post-acute services.”

Higdon noted that Grinney oversaw the divestitures of non-core businesses, created a strong and flexible balance sheet and developed a capital allocation strategy that included investments in improving and growing the Company, the initiation of a quarterly dividend and the opportunistic repurchases of the Company’s common stock. He also created a robust development pipeline and led many successful transactions, including the acquisitions of Encompass Home Health and Hospice, Reliant Hospital Partners, and CareSouth, successfully expanding the HealthSouth network to 34 states.

“Perhaps Jay’s most enduring achievement has been establishing a corporate culture predicated on quality, integrity, compliance, and mutual respect,” Higdon said. “Importantly, he recruited an exceptionally strong and talented senior management team that will guide HealthSouth’s growth for years to come. On behalf of my fellow directors, I sincerely appreciate Jay’s many contributions to HealthSouth and wish him every success in his future endeavors.”

Regarding Tarr’s appointment, Higdon said, “We are delighted to have Mark continue his career with HealthSouth as President and CEO. Since joining HealthSouth in 1993, Mark has been a key member of our leadership team. He has proven himself as a strong leader with the extensive knowledge of the post-acute healthcare services industry necessary to successfully lead and grow our Company. The board looks forward to working with Mark and the rest of management to drive our strategy forward and continuing to create meaningful value for shareholders.”

“It has been an honor and a privilege to lead HealthSouth over the past 12 years,” Grinney said. “This planned transition comes at a time of strength and growth for HealthSouth: volumes, revenues and earnings in both segments continue to grow at a solid pace; clinical collaboration between the segments continues to strengthen as more of our inpatients are introduced to Encompass’ services, and we add home health agencies in non-overlap markets; development pipelines for both segments are as strong as ever, positioning them for future growth; and the Company is well-prepared to meet the needs of the evolving delivery system.”

The planned leadership transition reflects HealthSouth’s board of directors’ succession planning process. Accordingly, the board conducted a comprehensive evaluation of internal and external candidates. Following a thorough assessment, the Board unanimously determined that Tarr would succeed Grinney.

Commenting on his appointment, Tarr said, “I am honored to have this opportunity to lead HealthSouth, the company I have called home for more than 20 years. Our objective is to be the nation’s leading provider of post-acute care through the provision of comprehensive, coordinated facility-based and home-based post-acute services. Working alongside our talented workforce and proven executive team, I am confident we will continue to positively impact the lives of the patients we serve.”

Barb Jacobsmeyer, currently the President of the inpatient rehabilitation segment’s Central Region, will be promoted to Executive Vice President of Operations, and HealthSouth’s inpatient rehabilitation segment’s regional presidents will report to her. Jacobsmeyer joined HealthSouth in 2007 as the Chief Executive Officer of The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis, a joint venture hospital with BJC Healthcare. She was promoted to a Regional Vice President position in 2010 and assumed her current duties in 2012. Barb received her B.S. in Physical Therapy from St. Louis University and her M.A. in Health Services Management from Webster University. A search is underway for Ms. Jacobsmeyer’s replacement with internal and external candidates under consideration.

New RVNA staff member, Danielle Taibi.

RVNA Welcomes Taibi, MOTR/L, to Staff

The Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association (RVNA) has announced that Ridgefield resident, Danielle Taibi, MOTR/L, has recently joined the RVNA staff. Taibi received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater arts from Syracuse University and a Master’s degree in occupational therapy at Mercy College.

After a decade in the entertainment field, Taibi left to pursue a career in occupational therapy due to a love for health and wellness.

“I look forward to working for RVNA, as it allows me to focus on preventative health strategies for patients,” Taibi said. “I enjoy interacting with patients and hearing their stories. Being an occupational therapist with RVNA will enable me to help the people in and around Ridgefield. In addition, RVNA is an attractive place to work because their dedicated staff has so much to offer our community and surrounding areas. Healthcare has evolved and RVNA found a way to stay people-focused.”

Her areas of interest include wellness and prevention. This includes helping a patient get back to good health habits post injury, surgery or health event; providing the patient with motivation to participate in life activities while healing; and addressing caregiver’s concerns regarding a client’s fall risk or recovery process.

Taibi is married with two young children. She enjoys music, spinning, skiing, art and theater.

Alisha Ohl, Clarkson University assistant professor of occupational therapy.

Clarkson University Appoints Ohl as Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy

Alisha Ohl has been appointed assistant professor of occupational therapy at Clarkson University.

She received her Bachelor of Science degree in occupational science and her Master of Science in occupational therapy from Ithaca College. She obtained her Ph.D. in occupational therapy from New York University.

In addition, she holds a license as a New York State occupational therapist and is nationally certified in occupational therapy.

Before coming to Clarkson University, she was assistant professor in the occupational therapy program at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Prior to that, she had extensive hands-on experience in the field as senior occupational therapist, senior instructional therapist, and evaluator at the New York City Department of Education.

Ohl has made numerous presentations and invited lectures on topics such as Asperger Syndrome in adolescence and pediatric occupational therapy assessments. Her research focuses on intervention efficacy under the Response to Intervention (RtI) framework and occupational therapy assessment. In addition, she has published her work in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Ohl is a member of American Occupational Therapy Association.


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