About Acuity

Acuity Healthcare is an Employee Owned Long Term Acute Care (LTACH) hospital company that was founded in 2001. Acuity is defined in Webster’s dictionary as “acuteness; keenness, as of thought and vision.”

Acuity is focused on the development and operation of Long-Term Acute Care (LTACH) hospitals and the delivery of specialized care with improved outcomes. We offer quality care in a cost-effective manner to medically complex patients who require intensive hospital services for an extended length of stay.

We possess the unique knowledge of how LTACH services can and should work within today’s post-acute continuum. What does this mean for you and your loved ones needing long-term care? It means that when you enter an Acuity Healthcare hospital, you can rest assured that you are in good hands.

Acuity Healthcare is the only healthcare system to be an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Acuity Healthcare currently owns and manages six LTACHs in New Jersey, Ohio and Texas. Acuity Healthcare was founded by President and CEO Edwin H. Cooper in 2001. Acuity is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Our goal is to help our patients reach optimum health so they can return to their homes or move to the next appropriate level of care as quickly and safely as possible. Please visit our Hospitals List for more information and to find a facility in your area.

Our Logo Enhances Our Mission: The Acuity Diamond

Diamonds are multi-faceted, valuable, sentimental and one-of-a-kind. Therefore,  it was a simple decision to choose the diamond as the inspiration for our logo. It represents the Acuity Healthcare family, but more importantly, it represents you. Each patient under our care has a unique set of needs and our team attends to those needs in the most compassionate and caring way possible. For that, we are proud.

What is an LTACH?

LTACH stands for Long Term Acute Care and refers to the type of service our hospitals provide. LTACH hospitals focus on high acuity, medically complex patients who have serious medical problems that require intensive and specialized care for an extended period (typically 20 – 30 days). Many of our patients are transferred to us from Intensive Care Units in traditional hospitals. It is not uncommon for them to have a secondary, underlying disease, such as heart disease or diabetes, which may delay their healing process.

Who makes up the Acuity teams at our hospitals? We are proud that our teams are composed of the finest individuals in the healthcare industry, such as:

  • Board Certified Internists and Intensivists
  • ACLS Certified Registered Nurses
  • Case Managers
  • Specialists in Pulmonology, Cardiology, Infectious Disease, Hematology/Oncology, Urology, Surgery, Anesthesia, Physical Medicine / Rehabilitation, Pain Management, Wound Care and many others.
  • Registered Dieticians
  • Clinical Pharmacists
  • Social Workers
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech Therapists

Their areas of expertise differ, but they all strive to provide superior care to you and your loved ones.

Diagnosis, Treatments and Specialized Services: Our goal is to provide the highest quality of care to our patients in a cost-effective manner, so they can return home as quickly as possible. We treat many conditions in our hospitals, but among the most common are: cardiac and respiratory failure, pressure wounds, stroke trauma, multi-system failure, infectious disease and other neurological injuries. Our team of nurses and physicians also specialize in ventilator-weaning.

In addition to diagnosis and treatment, we also provide rehabilitation services for our patients as well as family education to ensure that the patient’s health and safety continue even after they are discharged.

Our Leadership

edEd H. Cooper, Jr., MS, CHE

President and Chief Executive Officer
ecooper@acuityhealthcare.net

Ed is a healthcare executive with more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of hospital management. He founded Acuityhealthcare in 2001. In 1996, Ed also co-founded and served as Chief Operating Officer of NextCARE Hospitals, Inc., a privately held company that developed and operated specialty hospitals in seven states. Prior to NextCARE Hospitals, Ed served in various positions of increasing responsibility in acute care and specialty hospitals.

Ed holds a Bachelor of Science from Wichita State University and a Masters in Science in Healthcare Administration from the University of Houston – Clear Lake.

“What sets Acuity apart is that every day, through commitment and care, we live out our Guiding Principles of Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in all we do.”

richardcassadyRichard L. Cassady, MBA

Executive Vice President of Finance
rcassady@acuityhealthcare.net

Richard is a uniquely qualified and dedicated senior healthcare executive with broad experience in all aspects of healthcare financial operations. He joined Acuity in 2003 after serving as the Chief Executive Officer of a large inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Texas. Prior to that experience he served as the regional Chief Financial Officer for rehabilitation and LTACH hospitals in Texas. Richard has held senior financial management positions with a large healthcare company in Virginia and Florida. He has also served as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer for a behavioral healthcare company based in Charleston, South Carolina for several years .

Prior to entering hospital financial management, Richard served as Chief Financial Officer of a large multi-specialty physician group in central Florida. He began his healthcare financial management career after serving several years in public accounting. Richard holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting & Computer Information Systems and a Masters in Business Administration in Accounting from Florida Southern College.

gwen_finalGwen Babson, RN, JD, CRN-A, CRN-C, CPC-H

Vice President, Compliance and Risk Management
gbabson@acuityhealthcare.net

Gwen is a licensed Attorney and a licensed Registered Nurse with more than 20 years of progressive nursing experience in critical care, healthcare management, education, and compliance. She teaches medical coding for Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, NC, a program she helped develop, and also teaches courses in health policy and law and ethics in the RN to BSN program at Mount Olive College.

Gwen holds undergraduate degrees in Nursing and Healthcare Business Administration. She is a Certified Professional Coder and Auditor. She received a law degree from North Carolina Central University in Durham where she focused in Health law and Bioethics.

Judy K. Weaver, R.N., M.B.A., B.S.N.
Vice President, Clinical Quality and Chief Clinical Officer
Chief Executive Officer of Acuity Specialty Hospital of  Ohio Valley
jweaver@acuityhealthcare.net

Judy Weaver is a compassionate and accomplished healthcare leader with over 38 years of experience in all facets of healthcare services, management, supervision, administrative duties, finances, direct patient care and public relations.

Judy joined Acuity Healthcare in 2007.  She currently serves a dual role as the Vice President of Service Innovation Support/Chief Clinical Officer and the Interim Chief Executive Office for Acuity Specialty Hospital of Ohio Valley.

Prior to joining Acuity Healthcare she served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Kindred Healthcare. She has also served as the Director of Nursing for Vencor Hospital; Project Coordinator, Allegheny General Hospital and Nurse Manager, Medical Intensive Care Unit Allegheny General Hospital.  Judy holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California University of University of Pennsylvania, Executive MBA from Madison University.

kevin-williamsJ. Kevin Williams
Vice President, Information Systems
kwilliams@acuityhealthcare.net

Kevin Williams is Vice President of Information Systems for Acuity Healthcare. His experience includes serving as Senior Vice President and CIO for SCCI Health Services Corporation prior to the acquisition of SCCI by Triumph Healthcare in September 2005. Triumph Healthcare was earlier acquired and combined with SCCI by a private equity firm.

Prior to his tenure in healthcare information systems management, Kevin was a consultant for IBM. While at IBM he was a member of the team that developed the ROSS (Remote Operations and System Support) product offering. Clients of the ROSS group included The Supreme Court System of Arizona, International Paper, All State Insurance and Thom McAnn. Previous engagements included Meharry Medical College and interim CIO for the Housing Authority of New Orleans. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mathematics and Economics from Fordham University and a Master of Science Degree in Information Systems from the University of Texas at Arlington. Kevin is in the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame. He is also a member of PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship), who provides equine assisted activity and therapy programs in the United States. He is an active volunteer with PATH facilities.

stephen_finalStephen Clayton, MHA, CPC
Vice President, Revenue Cycle
sclayton@acuityhealthcare.net

Stephen is responsible for the oversight of Patient Access, Managed Care, Health Information Management, Billing, Collections, Charge Master and Charge Capture operations. He has nearly 20 years of experience in revenue cycle operations and information technology implementations in both hospitals and physician networks. He has directed many successful revenue cycle operations improvement initiatives and has also led several health information systems implementations.

Stephen is a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In addition, as a North Carolina Albert Schweitzer Fellow, he earned his Masters of Health Care Administration Degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Department of Public Health Sciences. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the American Health Information Management Association.

maria-soloMaria Ciro, SPHR
Vice President, Human Resources
mciro@acuityhealthcare.net

Maria is responsible for all disciplines of Acuity Healthcare’s Human Resources including recruitment and onboarding, compensation and benefits, payroll, employee relations and workers compensation.  She works collaboratively with the Acuity Healthcare leadership and clinical teams inspiring them to have a more universal approach to managing employee performance and development.

With a Bachelor’s of Science in Hospitality and Institutional Management from Pennsylvania State University, Maria began her career in the Atlantic City casino industry. She has focused her career on healthcare and education. She also works as an adjunct professor of General Management and Human Resources at Atlantic Cape Community College.

Alex W. Kau
Vice President, Finance
awkau@acuityhealthcare.net

Alex is responsible for Acuity’s consolidated financial reporting as well as all aspects of accounts payable and payroll. He is often involved in Acuity’s hospital finance, HR and operational finance transactions. He serves as Acuity’s ESOP Plan Administrator and Retirement Plan Executive.

Prior to joining Acuity, Alex worked at KPMG, LLP and Cherry Bekaert, LLP Transaction Services teams performing financial due diligence on mergers & acquisitions across a variety of industries including healthcare, adult living facilities, and pharmaceuticals. Prior to that, he worked at Ernst & Young, LLP as an internal audit Sarbanes-Oxley 404 consultant.

Alex is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of North Carolina. He also holds Certified Management Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant designations. Alex has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and earned a Masters of Accountancy degree from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

lisa-3Lisa Bien
Vice President, Communications
lbien@acuityhealthcare.net

Lisa Bien brings more than 25 years of communications expertise to the Acuity Healthcare communications and leadership team. In her role,  Lisa is responsible for all internal and external communication needs of the company and for increasing the visibility of Acuity Healthcare, its hospitals, subsidiaries and affiliates in the marketplace.

Prior to joining the Acuity team, she served as the public information manager for WHYY, Public Broadcasting Station and National Public Radio Affiliate. Before WHYY, she owned Bien Marketing Group, LLC, where she offered her clients personalized service across all communications platforms, both in traditional and digital media.

She is an alumna of Temple University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She continued her studies and received a Masters of Education from Holy Family University. Currently, Lisa is an adjunct professor in Temple’s journalism department and a lecturer for The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania.