HealthSouth Southern Hills senior occupational therapist assistant honored with companywide award


Jason Sturgill PRINCETON, W.Va., May 4, 2018 – Jason Sturgill, a senior occupational therapist assistant at HealthSouth Southern Hills Rehabilitation Hospital, has been honored as one of only six finalists out of Encompass Health’s more than 29,000 inpatient rehabilitation employees in the Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, network to receive the 2017 Outstanding Employee Achievement Award. Jason was honored yesterday at an awards banquet in Birmingham, Alabama.

Award finalists were selected based on their performance in four areas: contributions to extraordinary patient experience, team spirit and cooperation, commitment to continuous quality improvement and going above and beyond the call of duty. The process began with each of Encompass Health’s 127 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals honoring a hospital employee of the year. Then, six winners were named at the regional level; and one overall recipient was named for the Company.

“Jason is an exemplary employee,” said Robb Williams, CEO at HealthSouth Southern Hills. “He’s always smiling and asking about patient satisfaction. He wants the patients and the hospital to do well.”

In 2017, Jason scored a 94.5 in patient satisfaction. Jason is a STOP champion, Encompass Health’s internal patient transfer safety program, in which he provides training to new hires and refresher training to employees. He also provides the stroke competence training to employees to ensure the hospital complies with The Joint Commission Disease-Specific Certification for stroke.  

“He’s a really good teacher,” said nurse manager Medy Bowles. “Jason is an excellent therapist. He’s one of those we can always go to for any assistance.”

Learn more about Jason by watching this brief video.

About HealthSouth Southern Hills Rehabilitation Hospital
HealthSouth Southern Hills Rehabilitation Hospital is a 60-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. Serving patients throughout southern West Virginia, the New River Valley of Virginia, as well as areas of southwestern Virginia, the hospital is located at 120 12th St. in Princeton and on the Web at

About Encompass Health
As a national leader in post-acute care, Encompass Health (NYSE: EHC) offers both facility-based and home-based patient care through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies and hospice agencies. With a national footprint that spans 127 hospitals and 268 home health & hospice locations in 36 states and Puerto Rico, the Company is committed to delivering high-quality, cost-effective care across the post-acute continuum. Driven by a set of shared values, Encompass Health is the result of the union between HealthSouth Corporation and Encompass Home Health & Hospice, and is ranked as one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, as well as Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Source: Encompass Health Corp.

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