Ford completed his associate degree in nursing from Chattahoochee Valley Community College and his bachelor’s and master’s in nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing in Illinois. He most recently served as CEO of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Shelby County in Pelham, Ala. In this role, he rebuilt the leadership team, enhanced hospital culture and staff engagement, and improved key operational performance indicators, while also managing challenges presented by the global COVID pandemic. Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Parkersburg provides comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation services for patients recovering from conditions such as strokes and other neurological disorders, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, complex orthopedic conditions and cardiac and pulmonary conditions.
Ford joined Encompass Health in June 2012 as a nurse and later nurse supervisor and chief nursing officer at Regional Rehabilitation Hospital in Phenix City, Ala. “Nate brings more than nine years of clinical and health care leadership experience at other Encompass Health hospitals to his new role, and I am confident he will make outstanding contributions to Encompass Health of Parkersburg,” Robb Williams, area CEO for Encompass Health’s MidAtlantic region, said. “Nate shares our values and commitment to exceptional patient care and will continue to elevate the high-quality rehabilitative care our hospital provides to patients in the Parkersburg community and beyond.”
In 2018, Ford joined the leadership team at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Chattanooga, Tenn., where he served as associate administrator at the 50-bed hospital. Nate Ford will oversee all day-to-day operations and patient care and quality at the 40-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital at 3 Western Hills Drive. Ford’s appointment was effective Nov. 15.
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