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Welcome to our hospital

At Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of East Valley, we are committed to helping you regain independence after a life-changing illness or injury. Located in Mesa, we serve the greater Phoenix area as a leading provider of inpatient rehabilitation for stroke, brain injury and other complex neurological and orthopedic conditions.

Using clinical collaboration and advanced technologies, we provide a personalized care plan designed to meet your unique needs and help you achieve your goals.

Our inpatient rehabilitation hospital uses an interdisciplinary team approach that includes physical, speech and occupational therapists, rehabilitation physicians, rehabilitation nurses, case managers, dietitians and more, combined with our advanced technology and expertise, to help you achieve your goals. You will receive at least three hours of therapy five days per week while under the constant care of registered nurses, many of whom specialize in rehabilitation, and frequent independent private practice physician* visits.

Rehabilitation is covered in full or part by most health insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. Our hospital has contracts with most major insurance companies and is willing to negotiate with other companies, as needed.

*The hospital provides access to independent physicians.

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What to expect

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Superior amenities at our hospitals

70 Beds

Private rooms

Televisions

Telephones

Free WiFi

Cafeteria

Courtyard

Activity daily living area w/Bedroom, Kitchen and Bath

Amputee clinic

Outdoor gardening

Interpreter services

Support groups

Tours available

Student observation hours

Volunteers

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We proudly display our Gold Seal of Approval™

Amputee Rehabilitation

Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in amputee rehabilitation.

Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in brain injury rehabilitation.

Parkinson's Disease Rehabilitation

Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in Parkinson's disease.

Stroke Rehabilitation

Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in stroke rehabilitation.

Take a virtual tour

The following region contains a Google 3D virtual tour feature that allows a user to view the Encompass Health facility. To assist screen reader users in understanding what is presented in the 3D virtual tour, each image view is independently described within lists that can be found under each linked heading.

Please click on the arrows to navigate through the hallways on each floor. Use the "L" options on the right-hand side of the tour window below to navigate through different areas/floors of the hospital for a full virtual tour. See a key to "L" areas below.

  • Driveway patient accessible entrance leading to sliding front doors.
  • Sliding doors leading to small waiting area with chairs and side tables.
  • Sliding doors leading to reception desk with a trophy case and wheelchair near door and hallway.
  • Patient seating available on side of entrance doors.
  • Hallway leading to various rooms.
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  • Large tables and chairs for dining.
  • Small round tables and chairs for dining.
  • Television and artwork on walls.
  • Vending machines for drinks and snacks.
  • Hot and cold buffet style food bars.
  • Fountain drink and hot drink machines available in cafeteria.
  • Station with plasticware, straws and napkins.
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  • Therapy room with various equipment and technology such as parallel bars.
  • Therapy beds line walls for individual therapy sessions.
  • Windows lining wall.
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  • Courtyard surrounded by outside of hospital and trees.
  • Multiple raised flower beds.
  • Round table and chairs for seating and dining.
  • Staircase with railing.
  • Small putting green.
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  • Room lined with windows on one side with view of outdoors and the other with the hallway.
  • Various tables and chairs for dining and for playing games.
  • TV area with couch and chairs.
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  • Nurses' station at center of room.
  • Station is surrounded with doors leading to other rooms and hallways.
  • Various equipment on walls along with sink and sanitization station.
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  • Single patient bed with nightstand, sink, chair and large window.
  • Dresser for personal items and TV.
  • Door leading to bathroom.
  • Doorway leading to hall.
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  • Therapy room with various equipment and technology.
  • Desk and chairs for therapy use and cabinets behind desk.
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  • Therapy room with various equipment and technology.
  • Tables and chairs for therapy use.
  • Wall lined with cabinets and a TV.
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  • Kitchenette with stove, refrigerator, sink, microwave, and cabinets.
  • Bed and TV for therapy use.
  • Desk and chairs for therapy use.

Hospital happenings

Dave Nichols came to Encompass Health East Valley to recover from a spinal cord injury. While he was here, Dave never missed therapy, and he even volunteered to do extra therapy any time there was availability with a therapist.

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Dave Nichols

Hospital happenings

It's National Nurses Week, and if you know any of our amazing nurses, please make sure to lift up their day with a smile and a kind word for all they do for our patients and our hospital. It takes compassion and dedication to pursue a career in nursing, and here at East Valley, we support our nursing staff and thank you for all you do.

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Nurses Week

Hospital happenings

We love and appreciate our hardworking occupational therapists and certified occupational therapy assistants. They help our patients achieve amazing results on their road to recovery. We would not be able to provide excellent care without everything they continue to do. Thank you to everyone! Please help us in celebrating the amazing work they do every day during the month of April for National Occupational Therapy Month.

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National Occupational Therapy Month

Hospital happenings

Amber and her husband were burned from a gas explosion in their food truck. After two weeks of therapy with us, Amber is finally heading home to her family.

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Amber

Hospital happenings

Encompass Health East Valley hosted a healthcare heroes drive-through barbecue for the Mesa fire and police departments and transport companies serving on the frontlines of the pandemic. We had more than 60 people come through and enjoy food and treats. We appreciate all that they are doing for our community! Thank you to our partners at the Arizona Diamondbacks, Dutch Bros. Coffee and the AZ Burn Foundation for helping us with the event.

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Leadership and Staff

Vidhya Kannan, CEO
VIDHYA KANNAN, PT, DPT

Chief Executive Officer

Vidhya joined Encompass Health in June 2010 and served in various therapy leadership positions and as the director of therapy operations at the hospital in Northern Virginia.

Vidhya joined Encompass Health in June 2010 and served in various therapy leadership positions and as the director of therapy operations at the hospital in Northern Virginia. In addition to completing the self-paced CEO program within Encompass Health, she has led multiple high impact projects successfully and served in the inclusion and diversity council. Vidhya’s clinical background includes a doctorate degree in physical therapy from Shenandoah University and more than 18 years of experience serving in clinical and operational roles in varied healthcare settings. She takes pride in leading an exceptional team of staff who strive for excellence while focusing on restoring patients independence and promoting safety through evidence-informed practices.

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Raj Bhat
RAJ BHAT, M.D.

Medical Director

He has been on staff at Encompass Health East Valley since its inception in September 2009.

Dr. Bhat has been in Arizona for over 35 years. He graduated from Temp High School in 1984 and then obtained a bachelor’s degree in microbiology at Arizona State University in 1988 and a doctor of medicine in 1992 from University of Arizona at Tucson. In 1995, he became board certified in internal medicine after completing his residency at University of Colorado in Denver. He returned to East Valley and worked as a primary care doctor for two years before becoming a hospitalist in 1998. He has served on multiple medical staffs of various East Valley hospitals. He has also worked in various settings including skilled nursing facilities, long-term acute care hospitals and hospices. He has been on staff at Encompass Health East Valley since its inception in September 2009 and has served as president of the medical staff since. He became the hospital’s medical director in November 2014. His interests include traveling, sports, history and politics.

Dr. Bhat is an independent private practice physician.

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Samuel Cuadras
SAMUEL CUADRAS JR.

Facilities Management Director

Samuel joined Encompass Health at East Valley as facilities management director in 2017.

Samuel joined Encompass Health at East Valley as facilities management director in 2017. He has more than 18 years of experience managing retail facilities and over nine years of experience in managing healthcare facilities with focus on strategic planning and emergency management systems. He is originally from San Diego and earned his degree from Kearny Mesa college. He supervises the operations at the East Valley location including all buildings sections and grounds, utilities, energy management systems and safety/security systems in order to provide a safe, healthy and comfortable environment for the patients and staff.

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Curtis Huffman
CURTIS HUFFMAN

Area Director of Business Development

Curtis is the area business development director for East Valley and Scottsdale.

Curtis is the area business development director for East Valley and Scottsdale and has oversight of all marketing and communication functions for the hospital. He brings experience in rehabilitation healthcare and proven success in brand positioning and community marketing. Prior to joining Encompass Health, Curtis was the assistant department head with rehabilitation management. Curtis’s previous hospital experience includes, Genesis, Camden Clark Memorial and Charleston Area Medical Center Health System. Curtis is a graduate of Mountain State University with an associate's degree and is a certified occupational therapist.

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Samantha Jimenez
SAMANTHA JIMENEZ, RN, BSN, CRRN

Chief Nursing Officer

Samantha earned her undergraduate degree at Arizona State University.

Samantha earned her undergraduate degree at Arizona State University and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in nursing at Saint Xavier University. She began her career at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of East Valley in 2010 and quickly found her passion for rehabilitation nursing. She has worked in a variety of clinical roles prior to becoming chief nursing officer of Encompass Health East Valley in Mesa, Ariz. in 2013.

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Kathy Lovato
KATHY LOVATO, PT, DPT

Director of Therapy Operations

Kathy has been practicing in the field of physical therapy for 18 years.

Kathy has been practicing in the field of physical therapy for 18 years. After earning a bachelor’s degree in physical education with an interest in sports medicine, she elected to follow a career in physical therapy. She began her career as a physical therapist assistant and certified athletic trainer in 1994, and completed a master’s degree in physical therapy from Loma Linda University, Southern California in 2000. Kathy’s passion to help others culminated in receiving her doctorate of physical therapy degree from A.T. Still University in 2008. Kathy’s entire career has been in the adult inpatient and rehabilitation setting. She is a member of the Phoenix Physical Therapy Directors group and the American Physical Therapy Association.

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Shelly Minde
SHELLY MINDE, BSBA

Human Resources Director

Shelly began her career with Encompass Health East Valley in June 2015.

Shelly began her career with Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of East Valley in June 2015. She brings more than 15 years of experience in human resources and management in various industries including retail, non-profit and healthcare. Shelly earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration in healthcare management from DeVry University in Phoenix, Arizona, and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

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David Pickles
DAVID PICKLES

Controller

David began his career with Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of East Valley in June 2017.

David began his career with Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of East Valley in June 2017. As a native, born and raised in Mesa, he graduated from Arizona State University with bachelor's degrees in both finance and Japanese. His finance career began in 2003. Since then, he has influenced financial outcomes for various sectors including defense and commercial airlines ultimately finding his passion in the healthcare industry in 2009.

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Katherine Ramirez
KATHERINE RAMIREZ

Director of Quality & Risk

Katherine joined Encompass Health in 2019 as an acute care nurse who later became the infection preventionist.

Katherine holds a master's degree in legal studies with a concentration in compliance and legal risk management from the University of Arizona and a bachelor's degree in nursing from Azusa Pacific University. Katherine’s 16-year nursing career has spanned five states with experience in public health, family care practice, urgent care and most notably in occupational health & safety. She joined Encompass Health in 2019 as an acute care nurse who later became the infection preventionist and continues to serve on the diversity, equity and inclusion team.

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Tyree Renee
Renée Tyree, PharmD, MHA

Director of Pharmacy, West Regional Director of Pharmacy

Dr. Renée Tyree is the pharmacy director at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital in East Valley and the regional director of pharmacy for the west region.

Dr. Renée Tyree is the pharmacy director at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital in East Valley as well as the regional director of pharmacy for Encompass Health’s west region, which includes Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. A dedicated, results focused and accomplished pharmacy leader, she received her doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Arizona and her master’s degree in health administration from the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Tyree is a practicing pharmacist with more than 20 years of experience in hospital pharmacy management, building teams and partnering with pharmacists, physicians and hospital leaders to optimize clinical, financial and operational performance. In her position as the regional pharmacy director for Encompass Health’s west region, she creates a culture for success and sets a positive direction for accomplishing clinical and operational initiatives. She received the University of Arizona Pharmacy Practice and Leadership Award for her ability to support teams in delivering leading pharmaceutical care to patients. Dr. Tyree is a former elite Paralympic athlete, having competed in three Paralympic Games on three medal winning basketball teams, she has been a role model not only for other women athletes but for people with disabilities. She is a pioneer in women’s sports and is a disability advocate who serves on the National Board of Directors of the United Spinal Association. Dr. Tyree brings her clinical expertise in pharmaceutical care and rehabilitation medicine, her personal life experiences and passion to Encompass Health.

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