Leadership & Staff
Chief Executive Officer
Michele has 40 years of nursing and patient care services management experience. She became chief executive officer for HealthSouth Charleston in 2017. She has a long tenure with HealthSouth working at HealthSouth Florence and AnMed Health in Anderson before returning to Charleston. She received her nursing diploma from St. Margaret’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. She also received a degree in ministry training from The University of the South School of Theology, as well as a healthcare management certification from Lander University in South Carolina.
William J. Livesay, D.O.
Dr. Livesay is the medical director at HealthSouth Charleston. He has also served as the medical director at Gentiva Rehab Without Walls in Phoenix, Arizona, as well as the medical director at St. Luke’s Medical Center, Acute Rehabilitation Service also in Phoenix. His clinical interests include spinal cord injury, brain injury, amputee and spasticity treatment. Dr. Livesay is a 1999 graduate of the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and holds a bachelor's degree from West Virginia University. Dr. Livesay completed his internship in 2000 in the Department of Family Medicine at West Virginia University Hospitals and his residency in 2003 in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine. He was board certified in 2005 by the Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
William J. Livesay, D.O. is an independent private practice physician whose office is located at the hospital.
Director of Plant Operations
Jim has been the director of plant operations since June 2007. Prior to coming to HealthSouth, he was director of plant operations for seven years at Palmetto Behavioral Health in Charleston. Jim served 23 years with the United States Navy before retiring as a Lieutenant Commander in 1990. While in the Navy, Jim served as engineer officer on two large ships and helped recommission the U.S.S. Iowa. Jim and his wife Charlotte live in Summerville where they are active in their church and other community events.
Director of Case Management
Joel has been the director of case management since October 2010. He has more than 15 years of experience in physical rehabilitation and emergency medical treatment. Joel retired from the U.S. Navy and naval reserve as a Lieutenant attached to the U.S. Marines. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Colorado State University, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina and an associate degree in physical therapy from Trident Technical College.
Beckye has been with HealthSouth of Charleston since 2004 and has years of prior healthcare financial management experience in both specialty and acute care hospital settings. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration from Charleston Southern University. She is an avid South Carolina Gamecock fan.
Tracie L. Lee
Director of Marketing Operations
Tracie joins HealthSouth with more than 15 years of healthcare marketing and public relations experience in an acute care hospital setting. She holds a bachelor's degree in international marketing and foreign language from the University of South Alabama in Mobile and is fluent in Spanish. Tracie and her three sons live in Summerville and are very active in their church and community.
Director of Human Resources
Traxler joined HealthSouth in September 2012 as the director of human resources. He has six years of experience in human resource management from a variety of industries including healthcare, retail, manufacturing and service. He has a master’s degree in industrial organizational psychology. Traxler is from North Carolina and has lived in Park Circle with his wife since 2010.
Director of Therapy Operations
Jamy is a graduate of Trident Technical College with an associate degree in allied sciences. A physical therapist assistant with more than 15 years experience in the healthcare field, she has been employed with HealthSouth Charleston for more than 12 years. Jamy is an active volunteer in the community with wheelchair sports and has been a volunteer with the Charleston Amputee Support Team (CAST) for almost 10 years. She was the recipient of the Charleston Regional Business Journal’s 2006 award for “Healthcare Hero Volunteer” for her work in the community.
Nihar H. Patel, D.O.
Program Director of Medical Services
Dr. Patel is a 2003 graduate of University of Pikeville School of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Patel became board certified in 2006 by the American Board of Internal Medicine. He has been serving the Charleston area since 2006. Dr. Patel is president of the Society of Hospital Medicine, Lowcountry chapter. In 2011, he founded Pinnacle Physicians, LLC, a hospitalist company with a mission to provide the highest quality of care for inpatient services.
Nihar H. Patel, D.O. is an independent private practice physician whose office is located at the hospital.
Director of Pharmacy Operations
Cathy has been the pharmacy director at HealthSouth since 2007. She has more than 14 years of pharmacy management experience. She received her BS in pharmacy from The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) College of Pharmacy. She also has a bachelor’s degree from the College of Charleston in secondary education and taught history, geography, journalism and English before seeking her degree in pharmacy. Cathy instructs pharmacy students from South Carolina College of Pharmacy where she is an adjunct assistant professor. She has lived in the Charleston area for more than 30 years.
CNO/Director of Quality and Risk
Patty is a registered nurse with more than 30 years of healthcare experience in a variety of clinical, management and leadership roles in the acute care setting. She has her master's degree in nursing and has been employed by HealthSouth since 2009. As a board member for the Lowcountry Affiliate for Susan G. Komen for the Cure and a breast cancer survivor herself, she is very involved with breast cancer education in the community. Patty is the recipient of the 2006 Komen Foundation Volunteer of the Year Award, the 2005 Thomas Frist Sr. Humanitarian Award and the 2005 Komen Community Hero Award. She is married with two married sons.
Heather W. Walker, M.D.
Program Director of Neuroscience Services
Dr. Walker is the program director of neuroscience services at HealthSouth Charleston. She joins the HealthSouth Charleston team from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she resided as an associate professor and residency program director for the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Dr. Walker completed medical school at the University of Kentucky and served as the administrative chief resident during her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh. Following residency, she completed a fellowship in spinal cord injury at the renowned Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation. She is dually board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and spinal cord injury.
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