Rhonda M. Abbott, PT, FTPA
Assistant Vice President of Clinical Operations
TIRR Memorial Hermann, Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital-Katy, Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Network
Rhonda Abbott joined TIRR Memorial Hermann in 2001 as a staff physical therapist in the Spinal Cord Injury and Specialty Rehabilitation Program. In 2004, she was promoted to manager of the program, and in 2008, she assumed the role of director of therapy services and director of clinical programs.
Today, she provides therapy direction both at TIRR Memorial Hermann and for the Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Network, overseeing the work of physical therapy directors at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital, Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital-Katy and TIRR Memorial Hermann-The Woodlands Medical Center. She is also responsible for the oversight of adult and pediatric services at TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Rehabilitation on the Campus of Memorial Hermann Memorial City, TIRR Memorial Hermann Outpatient Rehabilitation at Kirby Glen Center and TIRR Memorial Hermann-Greater Heights. In addition, she is the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation NeuroRecovery Network® finance administrator for TIRR Memorial Hermann.
Under her leadership, TIRR Memorial Hermann has expanded its therapy education program, integrated its electronic medical record and electronic scheduling system on the main campus and at all Memorial Hermann inpatient rehabilitation programs in the community, implemented a 7 Meaningful Days and Nights model for rehabilitation on weekends and in the evenings, and modified the delivery of therapy intervention to maximize individual treatment times while continuing to promote appropriate group interventions.
Abbott has a passion for neurorehabilitation and teaching and is actively committed to learning, which led to her enthusiasm for therapy leadership. She is a Texas delegate to the American Physical Therapy Association, a Texas Physical Therapy Association Tom Waugh Leadership Development Fellow and a recent graduate of the Center for Houston’s Future Business/Civic Leadership Forum.
As AVP, Rhonda will continue to lead the standardization of policies and procedures across the rehabilitation network and post-acute care including home health, skills assessment by site across the rehabilitation and post-acute network with the development and implementation of plans to progress CARF accreditation across the network. Rhonda will also play a key role in continuing to progress the TIRR Education Academy to meet the education and training needs of the rehabilitation and post-acute network.