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 Therapy Operations
Kristin is the director of therapy operations at Regional Rehabilitation Hospital. She has been employed at Regional Rehabilitation Hospital since 2004 and has been serving in her current position since 2007. She is certified in VitalStim® and Interactive Metronome™ therapies. She has worked in the field of speech-language pathology for more than 11 years with a primary focus on stroke rehabilitation. Kristin received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Georgia and her Master of Education in Communication Disorders from Valdosta State University.
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.
Stacey Darrisaw, RN, MPA, CCM
Director of Case Management
Stacey has been employed at Regional Rehabilitation Hospital since 2011. She brings more than 19 years of nursing and case management experience to the hospital and has been certified in case management since 2001. A Columbus, Ga native she graduated from Columbus State University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master's degree in public administration.
Bobby has been the controller at Regional Rehabilitation Hospital since September 2003. Prior to this, he worked in reimbursement at Columbus Regional Healthcare System and as an auditor for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia. Bobby has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Auburn University and has accounting and a master’s of business administration from Troy University.
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.
Chief Nursing Officer
As a Certified Case Manager, Wendy has been employed by Regional Rehabilitation Hospital for more than two years. She received her associate degree in nursing from San Antonio College and has more than 12 years experience in acute care nursing. As a former soldier of the U.S. Navy, she was trained to provide the highest level of care to patients and adapt to changes in the healthcare setting.