Rehab Medical prioritizes talent

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Friday, February 22, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS – Rehab Medical, a growing regional complex rehab provider based here, reduced employee turnover by 33% in 2018, says President Kevin Gearheart.

That was one of a number of accomplishments shared at a company wide annual meeting in January to discuss Rehab Medical’s progress in meeting its top priorities.

“We set out in 2018 asking ourselves, ‘What can we do as an organization to not only bring the best people in but also retain them?’” Gearheart said. “We made sure that we stayed engaged with them and that we offered them educational opportunities. A lot of it was, ‘This is who we are,’ and making sure we hired people who fit that.”

Rehab Medical brought in 240 employees from 14 branches for the multi-day meeting, which featured leadership and sales meetings, and educational sessions. A “Branch of the Year” was also named: Indianapolis.

An increased focus on talent management is a byproduct of the company’s growth. Most recently, the company bought Family Medical Supply, which has locations in Oklahoma City and Kingston, Okla.

“We’ve been hiring across the board,” Gearheart said. “We’ve needed more mobility resources, more marketing reps, more ATPs.”

Rehab Medical’s growth clocked in at 25% in 2018, Gearheart says.

“We’ve been growing pretty rapidly for several years, in the range of 20% to 40% per year,” he said. “Our expectation is that we’ll grow another 25% to 30% this year.”

But Rehab Medical made clear at the meeting that its growth comes with one caveat, Gearheart says.

“It has to come at the same level of service,” he said. “We need to make sure everyone understands where we’re going and how we’re getting there. We want to improve and positively impact the lives of our patients, partners and employees.”