Leadership & Staff
Michael Bartell, MPH, FACHE
Chief Executive Officer
Michael joined Regional Rehabilitation Hospital in 2015. Prior to his current role, Michael served as associate administrator at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota from 2014-2015, and as director of service lines and business development in an acute care setting in California. Michael completed his undergraduate degree in health science at Fresno Pacific University and obtained his master's degree in public health from Loma Linda University in California. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Nitin Desai, M.D.
Dr. Desai received his medical degree from the Government Medical College in Surat, India in 1982. He completed his residency in internal medicine St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center Paterson, New Jersey and practiced internal medicine at Mountainside Hospital in Paterson, New Jersey. Dr. Desai has also practiced internal medicine at Rapids Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, Louisiana and at West Georgia Medical Center in Lagrange, Georgia. He moved to Columbus in 1999 where he has been in private practice specializing in internal medicine. Dr. Desai earned the 2014 Medical Leadership Award for the Southeast Region during HealthSouth's Annual Medical Directors' Meeting.
Nitin Desai, M.D. is an independent private practice physician whose office is located at the hospital.
Director of Marketing Operations
Erin has been with the Regional Rehabilitation team since joining in 2003, just after the hospital opened. She brings more than 17 years of healthcare experience with her, ranging from case management, social work and marketing. She has a bachelor’s degree in health science, specializing in rehabilitation services.
Chief Nursing Officer
Nathan joined Regional Rehabilitation Hospital in 2012. He began his career with Regional as a staff RN and was promoted into a charge nurse role and shortly thereafter, nursing supervisor. Nathan received his associate’s degree in nursing from Chattahoochee Valley Community College in Phenix City, AL. Nathan received his Bachelor of Science in nursing as well as his Master’s of Science in nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing in Downers Grove, Illinois. He is a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse. He is also a member of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.
Human Resources Director
Cindy has been employed with Regional Rehabilitation Hospital since September 2007 as the director of human resources. She has more than 24 years experience in the human resources profession, with more than 12 of those years working in healthcare. Cindy received her master’s degree in human resources management in 2000, and received her bachelor’s degree in biology and physical science from Troy State University. She is a member of the Columbus, Georgia SHRM chapter, and is also a national SHRM member.
Director of Quality and Risk; Infection Control Practitioner
Stacey joined Regional Rehabilitation Hospital when it opened 2003, and became the director of quality and risk management in 2006. She brings more than 18 years of healthcare experience to Regional Rehabilitation Hospital. Stacey is from the Columbus/Phenix City area where she graduated from Columbus State University with a degree in respiratory therapy.
Walter L Johnson PT
Director of Therapy
Walter Johnson serves as director of therapy operations at Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, and has practiced as a licensed physical therapist for more than 22 years with focused practice in neurology, geriatrics and orthopedics. He graduated in 1995 from the physical therapy program at the Medical College of Georgia, where he served as class president. He has worked in acute care hospitals, outpatient facilities, home health agencies, skilled nursing facilities and inpatient acute rehabilitation hospitals in the Columbus, Georgia and Phenix City, Alabama markets. Walter has extensive continuing education training in the areas of geriatric, orthopedic, neurologic and vestibular physical therapy. His management experience includes senior therapist and then regional therapy director of a home health agency for four years. Most recently Walter severed as therapy manager for five years at Regional Rehabilitation Hospital.
Director of Case Management
Amy McTier joined Regional Rehabilitation Hospital in March 2016 and has more than 20 years of experience in case management in an acute care setting. She completed her undergraduate degree in social work from Auburn University and received her MBA from Auburn University at Montgomery. She serves as the treasurer for Alabama Society of Health Care Social Workers.