History

  • Superior quality and care. Compassion and Respect. Results oriented. Teamwork. Resourcefulness. These are the core values upon which Select Medical was built. Since its founding in 1996, Select Medical has passionately focused on providing superior, patient-centered care that improves quality of life.

    Co-founded by Rocco Ortenzio and Robert Ortenzio, Select Medical began as a regional provider of outpatient physical rehabilitation. Contract therapy was added to the company's specialized health care offerings in 1997, and was quickly followed by the introduction of long-term acute care in 1998. In 1999, Select Medical made one of its largest acquisitions by purchasing NovaCare Physical Rehabilitation and Occupational Health. In three years, Select Medical had grown from a small start-up into a diversified health care company with a national presence. This progressive yet responsible growth was one attribute that led to the company's recognition as one of the Best Managed Companies in America by Forbes magazine.

    In April 2001, the company completed an initial public offering and was listed on NASDAQ. Fourteen months later, Select Medical was listed on the New York Stock Exchange, where it is currently traded under the NYSE ticker symbol SEM. In 2004, the company experienced clinical and operational growth when it acquired the world-renowned Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, thus formally adding inpatient medical rehabilitation to its patient care offerings. This care line continues to grow through joint ventures and partnerships with some of the most well-respected names in medicine.

    Nineteen years later, the Select Medical of today encompasses four areas of expertise: long-term acute care, inpatient medical rehabilitation, outpatient physical therapy and contract therapy, all of which are delivered and supported by more than 40,000 talented colleagues across the United States. Despite its record growth, Select Medical remains true to its founding principles of clinical quality and operational excellence, which have been a top priority since day one. Regardless of size or scope, the Select Medical team remains devoted to helping others and achieving outcomes that improve quality of life.

    Company Timeline

    The story of the company's evolution during the past decade-and-a-half.

    November 1996: Select Medical Corporation is co-founded by Rocco Ortenzio and Robert Ortenzio 

    February 1997: Company commences operations

    February 1997: Company commences outpatient operations

    June 1997: Select Medical Corporation acquires its first contact therapy business

    June 1998 and November 1998: Select Medical Corporation makes pedestal LTAC hospital acquisitions

    November 1999: Select Medical Corporation makes one of its largest outpatient division acquisitions

    April 2001: Company completes Initial Public Offering and is listed on NASDAQ

    August 2002: Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange

    September 2003: Select Medical Corporation enters the medical rehabilitation hospital segment

    January 2004 and 2005: Company is recognized by Forbes magazine as one of the Best Managed Companies in America

    February 2005: Select Medical Corporation becomes a privately held company

    July 2004 through 2011: U.S. News & World Report recognizes company's Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation as one of America's top rehabilitation hospitals

    May 2007: Company doubles its outpatient division through strategic acquisition

    September 2009: Select Medical Holdings Corporation completes Initial Public Offering and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:SEM)

    April 2011: Company's chief operating officer named one of the nation's top-25 women in healthcare by Modern Healthcare

    July 2011: Company launches re-branding initiative, refining Select Medical Corporation to Select Medical. To reflect a culture of commitment to high-quality, as well as to convey the scope of its patient services across the continuum of post-acute care, Select Medical adopts its first tag line: "Improving Quality of Life."

    December 2012: Company announces post-acute care partnership with Emory Healthcare

    June 2013: Company announces acquisition of inpatient rehabilitation facilities that become HonorHealth Rehabilitation Hospital and Select Specialty Hospital of San Antonio; company announces an expanded partnership with OhioHealth creating the OhioHealth Rehabilitation Hospital

    December 2013: Company announces partnership with Cedars-Sinai and UCLA Health System to create California Rehabilitation Institute

    March 2014: Company annouces partnership with TriHealth to operate the TriHealth Rehabilitation Hospital serving the greater Cincinnati area

    June 2014: Company announces joint venture with the Cleveland Clinic to operate the Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation Hospital in Northeast Ohio

    July 2014: Company announces joint venture with Pinnacle Health to operate the Helen M. Simpson Rehabilitation Hospital and 23 outpatient clinics in Central Pennsylvania

    June 2015: Company completes acquisition of Concentra Inc., a national health care company that delivers a wide range of medical services, including urgent care, occupational medicine and physical therapy; the company also announces a strategic partnership with New Orleans-based Ochsner Health System to build a new inpatient rehabilitation facility

    March 2016: Company completes acquisition of Physiotherapy Associates, a national provider of outpatient physical rehabilitation care offering a wide range of services including general orthopedics, spinal care, neurological rehabilitation, as well as orthotics and prosthetic services.

What People are Saying

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Kirk Cordray

Select Specialty Hospital, Akron, OH

Kirkland Cordray is a typical, adventurous teenager. If his face wasn’t buried in a book, he was riding his skateboard. A freak accident while on his skateboard left 17-year-old Kirk with multiple fractures, a chest tube and ventilator dependent. View more
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...DJ Nork once again delivered a terrific injury prevention program to our delivery drivers. View more
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Joel Zito

Select Specialty Hospital-Macomb, Michigan

Nineteen-year-old Joel Zito was attending Oakland University with a focus in pre-med. On March 27, 2010, he was helping some friends move a large soccer net when it fell... View more
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Gary Liddy

Select Specialty Hospital, Akron, OH

While playing with his grandchildren, Gary Liddy felt a tingling sensation in his fingers. By the next day, the tingling spread. Within 24 hours, he was on a ventilator and unconscious. View more
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Janice Cooks

Regency Hospital-Columbus, Ohio

Janice Cooks thought she was having an asthma attack. It turned out to be something much more serious, necrotizing pneumonia. She was admitted to ICU in respiratory... View more
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Brad Henry

Select Specialty Hospital-Springfield, Missouri

Brad Henry, a 45-year-old international customer service representative, had just celebrated his youngest son's birthday. During the next few days, Brad found himself... View more
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Eric LeGrand

Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, New Jersey

The first thing you notice about Eric LeGrand is his smile. It’s a warm, engaging smile that reflects a quiet maturity and deep inner strength. It also belies a... View more
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Jet Aviation

WorkStrategies

"Over the last two years, Jet Aviation and SSM Physical Therapy have been able to achieve the main goal of reducing muscle strain injuries over 60% and reduce cost associated with these types of injuries." View more
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Jean Altomari

Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, New Jersey

“I’m not sure what the future holds, but I know the best is still ahead of me.”   Jean Altomari and a group of friends were enjoying a terrific Caribbean cruise.... View more
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Judy Barth

Select Specialty Hospital-North Knoxville, Tennessee

Judy Barth was working in her yard when she experienced what she thought was heartburn. The pain increased to the point that she called for help. The last thing she... View more
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Caitlyn Cota

Select Specialty Hospital-Augusta, Georgia

Caitlyn Cota is a dancer. During her high school years, she was injured during a performance. The resulting pain grew worse over time and eventually she was treated with... View more
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Drew Daniel

Select Specialty Hospital, Tallahassee, FL

The day after Thanksgiving 2014, William “Drew” Daniel was admitted to a hospital with an electrolyte imbalance so drastic, the doctors, nurses and therapists were not confident he would survive. View more
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Mary Boston

Select Specialty Hospital, Phoenix, AZ

Mary Boston thought she had the flu. She felt out of sorts, feverish and tired. But she had no idea how sick she really was. View more
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Patricia Aughtry

Select Specialty Hospital, Erie, PA

When Patricia Aughtry was admitted to our hospital in January 2015, she was in respiratory failure and significant medical issues. As if her complex medical condition wasn’t stressful enough, her family’s choice to send her to our hospital meant she would be a 90-minute drive away. View more
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Nell Jenkins

Select Specialty Hospital-Augusta, Georgia

Summer of 2010, Nell and Sammy Jenkins, both in their 80s, lost their Waynesboro, Georgia home to a house fire. They moved in with their kids until the house could be... View more
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Joshua Speidel

Select Specialty Hospital, Indianapolis, IN

An honor student. A talented basketball player with a full-ride scholarship to Vermont State. At 18, Joshua Speidel was ready to tackle the world. But in February 2015, tragedy struck. View more
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Alexandra Crawford

Select Specialty Hospital, Memphis, TN

Alexandra Crawford had just met the love of her life. At 28, she was healthy and looking forward to her happily ever after. But in July 2014, problems with her tonsils, neck pain and associated swelling sent her to the emergency room. A third ER visit revealed a tonsillar abscess. She was placed on a ventilator. View more
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Linda and David Kubert

Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, New Jersey

Most married couples share interests and enjoy spending time together. But Linda and David Kubert have taken togetherness to a new level.  They were out for a ride... View more
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Windham Weaponry

Maine

...early intervention program has helped us to enjoy yet another annual drop in our workers' compensation insurance premiums. View more
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Charles Loftis

Regency Hospital of Meridian, Mississippi

Charles Loftis prides himself on his family, especially his grandchildren. He's grateful to be back in Butler, Alabama, where he lives with his wife and two Jack Russell... View more
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Lamar Baker

Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, New Jersey

When he walked, Lamar Baker felt like there was a golf ball stuck under his foot. His doctors initially thought it might be a strain, but further testing led to a... View more
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Melinda Minton

Select Specialty Hospital-Denver, Colorado

Melinda Minton was healthy and adventurous, raising two girls and having fun traveling overseas. In July 2010, while visiting a friend in Denver, Melinda fell ill with... View more
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Courtney King Dye

Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, New Jersey

To be an Olympic athlete takes great skill, determination and perseverance. Rehabilitation requires the same qualities.  For Courtney King Dye, an equestrian who... View more
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Barbara Saunders

Regency Hospital-Northwest Indiana, Indiana

Barbara Saunders taught social studies to junior high students for 32 years and loved it. She was preparing lesson plans one January when she grew weak and her legs gave... View more
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Ann Thomas

Select Specialty Hospital, Erie, PA

Ann Thomas had a full calendar. She worked in a physician’s office and taught a medical terminology class at a local technical school. When she wasn’t at work or teaching, she could be found on snowboard runs and horseback riding trails. In the midst of her active life, Ann was diagnosed with a brain tumor. View more
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Stacy Simon

Select Specialty Hospital, Grosse Pointe, MI

Every day at the local mental health counseling and advocacy center, Stacy Simon’s mission is to offer hope. “I believe in spreading love and love will come back in return,” he said. Stacy developed pneumonia and was admitted to our hospital in January 2015. He was ventilator dependent and unable to talk. View more
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George Plummer

Select Specialty Hospital, Camp Hill, PA

George Plummer woke up in our hospital on a ventilator and with a tracheotomy from an unexpected complication during his cancer surgery. He would later learn that his chances for recovery were very grim. View more
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Carolyn Abeyta

Regency Hospital of Central Georgia, Georgia

Carolyn Abeyta considers herself a "can do" girl. The physicians and staff at Regency Hospital of Central Georgia call her a miracle. Carolyn's story began with a simple... View more

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