Vidhya Kannan has been appointed chief executive officer of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of East Valley.
In her position as CEO, Kannan will oversee all of the day-to-day operations as well as patient care and quality at the 70-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital at 5652 E. Baseline Road in Mesa. She assumed the position on June 7, according to a release.
Kannan first joined Encompass Health in June 2010. During her 11 years at the health care system, Kannan has served in various clinical leadership positions, including the director of therapy operations at the hospital in Northern Virginia. In this role, she led multiple high impact projects and served on the diversity council.
Kannan assisted the CEO through an organized hospital restructure plan to eliminate a budget deficit and completed multiple cross-departmental trainings. In the past year, she led the hospital through a series of challenges that were the result of the COVID-19 pandemic and navigated through the Virginia Health Department’s expectations while implementing multiple changes for the safety of the staff and patients.
Prior to her time with Encompass Health, Kannan worked at the Center for Advanced Orthopedics and Pain Management in Ashburn, Virginia, as well as multiple other physical therapy and rehabilitation facilities throughout her career.
“Vidhya brings more than 17 years of experience serving in clinical and operational roles in varied health care settings to our hospital’s leadership team, and I am confident she will make incredible contributions to Encompass Health of East Valley,” Jerry Gray, president of Encompass Health’s west region, said in the release. “She shares our value and commitment to exceptional patient care and will continue to elevate the high quality rehabilitative care our hospital provides to patients in our community.”
Kannan has a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy at The T.N. Dr. M.G.R. Medical University in India and a doctorate in physical therapy at Shenandoah University. She is also trained in neuro developmental techniques.
For more information on Encompass Health, go to encompasshealth.com.