2/2/2013 9:59:00 PM Briefly Rehab hospital appoints new CEO
Judy Baum, who joined Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital in Prescott Valley when it opened in May 2006, is the new chief executive officer.
Baum, a physical therapist, brings to her promotion more than 35 years of experience in the field of rehabilitation. She replaces Jen Roel, who recently married and moved to another state.
She has been the director of therapy operations since Mountain Valley opened. She also has served as interim CEO and interim director of several department.
She stepped in as interim CEO after Roel left months ago.
Baum began her career in 1977 as a physical therapist at St. Joseph's Hospital/Barrow Neurological Institute, specializing in multiple trauma, stroke and injury rehabilitation. She helped to develop the first rehab unit at Barrow.
Baum later served as vice president of clinical operations at Hilltop Rehabilitation Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo., and as home health administrator for Merle West Medical Center in Klamath Falls, Ore.
She returned to Arizona in 2000 to work for HealthSouth Southern Arizona Rehabilitation Hospital in Tucson.
She earned a master's degree in healthcare administration in 1992 from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Colorado Denver.
Her employer specializes in acute rehab, including physical, occupational and speech therapy, certified rehab nursing care and physician-led medical management. The hospital provides outpatients services as well.