About us

Co-founded by Rocco A. Ortenzio and Robert A. Ortenzio in 1996, 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.

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Living Our Values Everyday

In three years, Select Medical had gone from a small start-up into a diversified health care company with a national presence. This strategically 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.

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 and 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, 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.

More than 25 years later, the Select Medical of today encompasses four areas of expertise: critical illness recovery, inpatient medical rehabilitation, outpatient physical therapy and occupational medicine, all of which are delivered and supported by more than 54,000 talented health care professionals across the U.S.

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 the hospital, center or clinic size or scope, Select Medical is devoted to helping others and achieving outcomes that improve quality of life.

The Select Medical Way

Select Medical was founded on five Core Values which guide interactions with patients, families, partners and each other.

We deliver superior quality in all that we do.

We set high standards of performance for ourselves and for others. We provide superior services to our patients. We continually strive to uphold and improve our reputation for excellence.

We treat others as they would like to be treated.

We treat each other with respect and promote a positive environment where people feel valued. We are honest and open in our relationships and straightforward in our communications.

We are results-oriented and achieve our objectives.

We are focused and decisive in achieving our objectives and helping others achieve theirs. We accept responsibility for our decisions and actions. We are accountable for using our time, talents and resources effectively.

We are team players.

We work together to achieve company objectives. We do our share of the work on time and with superior quality. We share ideas and information. We give honest feedback and accept constructive criticism. We confront difficulties directly and maintain positive working relationships.

We are resourceful in overcoming obstacles.

We pride ourselves on finding creative solutions to meet challenges we encounter. We are open to change and handle pressure with poise. We are flexible, adaptable and able to learn from our experiences.

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We foster a culture of inclusion and equality
Our 54,000-person workforce finds strength and pride in its ability to see and treat each other as ONE. We restore and nurture life. We heal with empathy and compassion for all. People will always be a valued and integral part of our organization — patients and employees. We stand in solidarity with those who respect and share our values in caring for others while condemning racism.

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