COVID-19 Panel

COVID-19 and Medical Rehabilitation:
What We Have Learned and How to Plan for the Future

Missed the panel? The recording will be available for registered attendees on the AMRPA Virtual Conference Platform on October 14, 2020. 

In 2020, as the world faced a large scale public health emergency, inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and units were challenged in ways like never before. During this session, experts will provide an overview of their organization’s emergency response to COVID-19 and will address: multidisciplinary infection control, testing strategies, staffing, surge planning, and employee support. Panelists will also look toward the future and discuss how lessons from 2020 can be applied toward planning for future public health emergencies and how to best care for patients in the post-acute setting as we move into 2021.

Moderated by: Joyal Pavey, OTR/L, MBA, Vice President, Mary Free Bed Advisory Group

Joyal became part of the Mary Free Bed family in 2019 as Vice President of the Mary Free Bed Advisory Group. She has over 18 years of experience in acute inpatient rehabilitation and hospital administration. Joyal has a successful record of programmatic growth, census development and navigating regulatory and compliance issues. She’s led Joint Commission and Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities surveys, including specialty accreditations and is a CARF surveyor. She has diverse experience, including inpatient rehabilitation, home health care, swing beds, skilled nursing, acute care and outpatient rehabilitation.


Mandy Bodily-Bartrum, DNP, MPH, RN, Vibra Healthcare

Dr. Mandy Bodily-Bartrum serves as the VP of Infection Prevention for Vibra Healthcare. Mandy has a passion for infection prevention and public health. She is certified in infection control and is a fellow of the Association for Professionals in Infection Prevention and Control.




Elissa Charbonneau, DO, MS, Chief Medical Officer, Encompass Health

Elissa (Lisa) Charbonneau, D.O., M.S., was appointed to Chief Medical Officer of Encompass Health in June 2015. Prior to that role, she served as the company’s VP of Medical Services. From 2001 to early 2015, she served as Medical Director at New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland, a joint venture of Maine Medical Center and Encompass Health, where she held a staff physician position at the hospital since 1992. In 2007 and in 2012, she was named Encompass Health’s Medical Director of the Year for her outstanding clinical knowledge, exemplary performance in the development of quality clinical programs and overall excellence in leadership. 

Emily Nguyen, MSN, RN-BC, Nurse Manager, Hartford HealthCare Inpatient Rehabilitation

Emily is the Nurse Manager for a 26-bed acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit newly established in 2018 at Hartford Hospital. She is an active member on the Nursing Professional Practice Council and Wellness and Resiliency Council. Her role in leadership and management aligns her passion for serving others and guiding transformational leadership. Before joining Hartford Hospital, Emily worked in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Yale-New Haven Hospital and was the Clinical Outcomes Leader for a medical unit in 2016. Her work in this innovative role focused on providing advanced clinical leadership and clinical outcomes management through inpatient care and transitions in care. 

Susan Rodman, MSPT, GCS, CPC, Director of Business Development, California Rehabilitation Institute

Susan Rodman graduated with an M.S. in Physical Therapy in 1993. She has worked as a physical therapist in a variety of clinical areas including acute, geriatrics, acute rehabilitation, neuro and skilled nursing. Susan has board certification in geriatric physical therapy. She has been in rehabilitation management positions for the past 25 years, and is currently Director of Business Development at California Rehab Institute, which is a 138-bed, CARF accredited rehabilitation hospital in Los Angeles.