Leadership & Staff

Sandra Hegland

Sandra Hegland

CEO

Sandra Hegland brings more than 20 years of healthcare management expertise to HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Austin. A Missouri native, she received her associate degree in nursing from Mineral Area College in Missouri, and later graduated from the University of Phoenix with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and a master’s degree in business administration. Her expertise in leading successful patient outcomes and overall hospital performance is a result of her passion for mentoring leaders, building teams and coordinating strategic planning.
Debbie Belcher

Debbie Belcher

Human Resource Director

Debbie is a skilled human resource specialist with more than 20 years experience in human resource management. She completed her bachelor’s degree in human resource management from St. Edwards University, is a certified senior professional in human resources (SPHR), a certified personnel consultant (CPC) and has received specialized training as a credentialed mediator. Debbie is also a member of the National Society for Human Resource Management and of their local chapter.
Pete Berlin

Peter Berlin

Director of Pharmacy

Peter has worked in both hospital and retail pharmacies and has extensive experience as a clinical and administrative pharmacist. He is a direct contributor to the high quality delivery of pharmaceutical services at HealthSouth Austin. Peter graduated with a bachelor's degree in pharmacy from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, and has a master’s degree in healthcare pharmacy administration from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
Paul Brue

Paul Bruce RN, BSN

Chief Nursing Officer

Paul has spent the past fifteen years dedicated rehabilitation nursing and has worked in acute settings as well as stand-alone rehabilitation hospitals. He is a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse and holds a bachelor’s in nursing from Arizona State University. He is currently enrolled to complete his MSN at the University of Texas in Austin. Paul is also a member of the Nursing Advisory Committee for Austin Community College.
Wayne Cermak

Wayne Cermak

Director of Quality

Wayne has more than 30 years in nursing and 18 years in healthcare quality. Wayne received his bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Akron in Ohio and his master's degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. In 1991, he received a certification as a Professional of Healthcare Quality.
Linda Epps

Linda Epps

Director of Case Management

Linda has worked at HealthSouth Austin since 1991 and has extensive healthcare experience encompassing both inpatient psychiatric and rehabilitation hospitals. She was recently selected as a task force member for the development and implementation of the company-wide care management program. Linda earned her master’s degree from Texas Woman’s and has served as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and Certified Case Manager for HealthSouth.  She is a member of the Austin Case Management Association.
Denize Jordan

Denize Jordan

Director of Marketing Operations

Denize has been in the healthcare field for more than 30 years. She started her seven year nursing career in inpatient rehabilitation in 1986. Denize has been in healthcare sales since 1991 having experience working LTAC, inpatient rehabilitation, home health and hospice. She is a licensed vocational nurse (LPN). Denize graduated from Howard College in 1983, from  Excelsior College in 2009 with an associate’s degree in general studies, sociology focus,  and is currently pursuing her BSN.
Kristi Keene

Kristi Keene

PPS Coordinator

Kristi Keene comes to HealthSouth Austin with over a decade of experience in inpatient rehabilitation working both clinically and in administration. Prior to coming to HealthSouth, Kristi worked as rehabilitation hospital director of therapy services. A graduate from Texas State University receiving a master's degree in communication disorders in 2000, Kristi is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist.
Pam McLaughlin

Pam McLaughlin

Chief Financial Officer

Pam joined HealthSouth Austin in 2000. Her 26 years of healthcare management experience includes Medicare auditing, hospital turn-arounds and start-ups, acute care hospitals, specialty hospitals, MSO's, physician practices and pharmaceuticals. Pam graduated from St. Mary’s with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics.
Ricky Nevels

Ricky Nevels

Plant Operations Director

Ricky Nevels retired from the Air Force in 1996 and began working in hospitals in the Austin area shortly thereafter. He manages the facility operations that include the areas of the environment of care, plant operations / maintenance, dietary, purchasing and environmental services.
Tana Samford

Tana Samford

Director of Home Health

Tana brings more than 22 years of home health expertise to HealthSouth at Home. She has been employed by HealthSouth for seven years. A West Texas native, she graduated from Odessa College with an associate degree in nursing.
Liz Warfield

Liz Warfield

Director of Therapy Operations

Liz Warfield, director of therapy operations has worked at HealthSouth Austin since 2009 as a speech therapist and team lead. She completed her bachelor’s and master’s at the University of Texas at Austin and is a licensed and certified speech-language pathologist (CCC-SLP). She holds additional certifications in Vital Stim and Lee Silverman’s Voice Treatment.