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Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Oklahoma City Named Best Physical Rehabilitation Center in Oklahoma By Newsweek Magazine

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (September 10, 2020) – Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Oklahoma City has been named the best physical rehabilitation center in Oklahoma and one of the best in the country by Newsweek magazine. The award is based on quality metrics for inpatient care, service and follow-up care as well as accommodations and amenities. Rankings are based on a rigorous methodology that includes data from a survey of thousands of medical experts along with quality measures from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 

“We are so grateful to Newsweek for this recognition. Our incredible team is dedicated to providing outstanding, compassionate care for our patients,” said Thomas S. Elliott, chief executive officer of Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Oklahoma City. “Our care team is intentional about creating a great experience for every one of our patients. Patient care is a partnership between each patient, their family and friends, and our care team members to improve their lives and get them back to doing what they love most."

Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Oklahoma City, a partnership between Kindred Healthcare and Mercy, provides inpatient rehabilitation services for patients recovering from strokes and other long-term illnesses or injuries. The hospital features specialized clinical programs including a dedicated brain injury unit for patients suffering from trauma-related neurological conditions.

“Our care model is collaborative and facilitated by a clinical team approach with experts in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and rehabilitation nursing,” said Dr. AJ Bisson, medical director of Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Oklahoma City. “All of the health care providers work together toward one common goal: enhancing the functional capabilities of the patients whom we serve.”

Designed to promote recuperation outside the traditional hospital setting, Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital incorporates many unique features, including specialized beds, dedicated dining area, a therapy gym that features the latest high-tech devices, an in-house apartment where patients practice daily living tasks, outdoor walking trails and healing gardens.

“It is so important to be able to offer a complete continuum of care for our patients who need rehabilitation services to aid in their recovery,” said Zack Dawson, vice president of operations and post acute services at Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City. “We know our co-workers at Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital are dedicated to providing high quality care every single day and we’re thrilled they’ve been recognized by Newsweek as the best in the state.”

National rankings are published on and in the Aug. 21 – 28 print edition.

For more information about Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Oklahoma City, visit More information about the Newsweek recognition is available at


About Kindred Healthcare

Kindred Healthcare, LLC is the nation’s leading specialty hospital company delivering acute health services in its long-term acute care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, acute rehabilitation units, and behavioral health line of business, all specializing in treating the most medically complex patients. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, and ranked as one of Fortune magazine’s Most Admired Healthcare Companies for nine years, Kindred’s mission is to help our patients reach their highest potential for health and healing with intensive medical and rehabilitative care through a compassionate patient experience. For more information, go to You can also follow us on FacebookLinkedIn, and Twitter.


About Mercy

Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems for four consecutive years (2016 to 2019) by IBM Watson Health, serves millions annually. Mercy includes more than 40 acute care, managed and specialty (heart, children's, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, 900 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 45,000 co-workers and 2,400 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has clinics, outpatient services and outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. In addition, Mercy's IT division, Mercy Technology Services, and Mercy Virtual commercially serve providers and patients from coast to coast.