The Summit Rehab, a Mississippi-based therapy service provider, has named Kelly Crawford its new CEO. The Summit, founded in 2001 by Charles and Joyce Bates, provides physical, occupational, and speech therapy services across Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana. Charles Bates announced his retirement as CEO in June and named Crawford his successor.
“Charles and Joyce Bates have created such a rich foundation for this company; one that supports integrity, education, and is family-friendly,” said Crawford. “My vision is to continue this passion for meeting the rehab needs of our clients and customers while maintaining the utmost in our core values.”
Crawford is an occupational therapist with over 14 years’ experience in therapy services. She joined The Summit in 2001 and worked as a staff therapist and advanced to Director of Rehab. From there she was promoted to Regional Director and most recently has serviced as Chief Operations Officer for The Summit.
Crawford’s holds a bachelor’s of science degree in occupational therapy from the University of Mississippi Medical Center and holds a Master’s of Science in Business Management from Belhaven University. She has been selected to enter the Doctorate of Health Administration program at University of Mississippi Medical Center and is pursuing her doctorate.
Crawford is an adjunct professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Occupational Therapy. Kelly serves as the Central District co-chair in the Mississippi Occupational Therapy Association. She also serves as a mentor with Jackson Prep’s Global Leadership Institute.
Kelly is married to Tanny Crawford, a physical therapist, and has three children, Laurie, Cole, and Camille. She is active in First Baptist Church and serves in the worship ministry.