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We know that choosing where to receive care after a life-changing illness or injury is an important decision for you and your loved ones. At Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital, a joint venture of Encompass Health and Stormont Vail Health, we are committed to helping you get back to what matters most. Located in Topeka, we are a leading provider of inpatient rehabilitation for stroke, brain injury, hip fracture and other complex neurological and orthopedic conditions.
When you choose Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital, a joint venture of Encompass Health and Stormont Vail Health for your rehabilitation, you receive compassionate care from an expert team of physical, occupational and speech therapists; physicians; nurses; dietitians; pharmacists; and case managers who work together to create a plan to help you meet your unique goals.
At our hospital you will receive:
*We provide access to independent physicians.
Each patient’s recovery is different. At Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital, a joint venture of Encompass Health and Stormont Vail Health, our expert clinicians combine the latest technologies, real-world simulations and advanced therapies into a treatment plan that helps you achieve what’s important to you. Our specialties include but are not limited to:
23 Private rooms
Spanish translators available
Student observation hours
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We deliver connected care and superior outcomes through our state-of-the-art inpatient rehabilitation hospital.
Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in brain injury rehabilitation.
Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in stroke rehabilitation.
Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in Parkinson's disease.
Chief Executive Officer
Barry has been with the Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital since May of 2013, working within the nursing and marketing departments. Most recently he served as our hospital’s director of quality & risk, prior to his recent promotion. He also served as the hospital’s director of marketing operations. Barry holds a master'a degree in healthcare administration, as well as dual bachelor's degrees, one in health promotion from Emporia State University and the other in nursing from Washburn University. He is a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse® (CRRN) and a member of the Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society.
Dr. Sankoorikal has been an active member at Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital since 2003 and has served as medical director since 2010. Dr. Sankoorikal is a graduate of the Medical College, University of Kerala, Trivandrum, Kerala, India. He completed his residency in geriatric medicine at the Oak Forest Hospital of Cook County and his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital and Care Network in Illinois. He became a member of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 1990. He has served on several local hospital committees, and his interests include the integration of the family in the rehab approach to the compromised patient to improve outcomes.
Dr. Sankoorikal is an independent private practice physician.
Director of Plant Operations
Randy has worked in the maintenance department at Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital since 2008. His experience includes new construction, remodeling, auto mechanics, sales, service, supervision, manufacturing, distribution and maintenance. He has trade school education in mechanics and electronics. Randy enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, playing racquetball, softball and volleyball. Randy also has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Lori is the controller at Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital and has more than 20 years of accounting and financial experience. Prior to joining Encompass Health, she served as president of communications at Westar Energy. Lori graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Kansas State University. She also possesses a master’s degree in business administration from Washburn University.
Human Resources Director
Amy Hinrichs joined the Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital in March 2020 as the director of human resources. Prior to joining the Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital Amy worked at the State of Kansas in various human resources roles. Amy holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Emporia State University as well as a master’s degree in business administration from Baker University. Outside of work, Amy and her husband stay busy raising their two daughters.
Director of Case Management
Ulrike Leonardi joined the Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital as the director of case management in 2014. She has a master’s degree in clinical psychology and is a licensed by the State of Kansas. She also has a master’s degree in health care administration and leadership. She started her career working as a neuropsychologist in a neurological rehabilitation hospital in Germany. After moving to Topeka and spending some time at home with four young children, she worked for the local Battered Women Shelter where she then became director of the YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment. She has also worked with Valeo as a crisis clinician.
Director of Therapy Operations
Lisa began her career with Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital as a pre-physical therapy student in 1998. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in pre-physical therapy from the University of Kansas, she worked as a nursing and therapy tech and was then accepted into the physical therapy program at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Lisa returned to Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital in 2001 with her master’s in physical therapy where she worked as a physical therapist for eight years before being named the director of therapy operations in 2010.
Director of Quality & Risk
Rachel joined the team at Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital in August 2018 as a registered nurse.
Director of Pharmacy
Director of Business Development
Randy began working within the marketing department at the Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital in January 2012. Before being named director of marketing operations in May 2017, he had served as senior marketing liaison since May 2016. Randy earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and a master’s of business administration from Baker University. He is excited to continue advocating for patients and their families, as well as providing education to the community regarding the programs and services our hospital offers. Randy enjoys spending time with his wife and children, being outdoors and cheering on the Kansas Jayhawks.
Chief Nursing Officer
Clare has been with Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital since July 2013, working within the nursing and quality departments. Clare holds a master’s degree in business with an emphasis on healthcare administration, as well as a bachelor's degree in nursing from Washburn University. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse® (CRRN) and member of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN).