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Welcome to our hospital

At Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Largo, we are committed to helping you regain independence after a life-changing illness or injury. Located in Largo, we serve the greater Tampa area as a leading provider of inpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology for stroke 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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Superior amenities at our hospitals

70 Beds

Televisions

Telephones

Free WiFi

Courtyard

Interpreter services

Spanish translators available

Tours available

Support groups

Volunteers

Student observation hours

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We proudly display our Gold Seal of Approval™

Stroke Rehabilitation

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

Hip Fracture Rehabilitation

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

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. The room links below our virtual tour leave this website and go directly to Google maps to walk through the hospital.

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.

L0 - Lobby
  • Lobby/Foyer of hospital accessed through main hospital entrance.
  • Main desk in lobby entrance for receptionist and admitting area.
  • Chairs for patients and visitors to use.
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  • Outdoor area for rest and relaxation with multiple tables and chairs.
  • Gazebo for patients and visitors to rest and relax together and grill.
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  • Multiple tables throughout therapy gym to assist in patient therapies.
  • Exercise equipment throughout gym to be used with technologies in therapy sessions.
  • Small stairs to assist in building patient’s strength.
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  • Activities of daily living suite is a recreated bedroom area to simulate activities of daily life for patients to practice before they return home.
  • Bedroom has bed, nightstand, and small desk and chair.
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  • Patient room with bed, sink, bathroom, TV and chair for visitors.
  • Wardrobe with storage for personal effects.
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  • Multiple tables and chairs for patients, visitors, and family to sit together.
  • Television with chairs available for use.
  • Desk with chair and computer next to bookcase with books to borrow.
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  • Multiple tables and chairs for patients and visitors to eat together.
  • Vending machines for drinks and snacks available for purchase.
  • Buffet style food area with menu, utensils, and condiments to choose.

Hospital Happenings

The benefits of continuing education for all healthcare professionals is to increase highly skilled staff, maintain our magnificent reputation and ensure better patient outcomes. Two of our physical therapists here at Encompass Health Largo completed weekend-long virtual conferences about neuro development treatment for stroke and brain injury.

- Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Largo

virtual conferences about neuro development treatment

Hospital Happenings

Please join us in giving a round of applause to our program leads who have demonstrated their dedication through tireless work to ensure we provide exceptional care to our patients. We proudly display The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in stroke rehabilitation, brain injury rehabilitation and hip fracture rehabilitation.

- Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Largo

Please join us in giving a round of applause to our program leads who have demonstrated their dedication through tireless work to ensure we provide exceptional care to our patients.

Hospital Happenings

Happy Occupational Therapy Month!! The American Occupational Therapy Association defines an occupational therapist as someone who "helps people across their lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities.

- Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Largo

Happy Occupational Therapy Month!

Leadership and staff

Molly Arau
Molly Arau

Chief Executive Officer

Molly brings more than 30 years of nursing expertise to Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Largo.

Molly brings more than 30 years of nursing expertise to Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Largo. She has held various leadership positions throughout her career including executive roles in acute care hospitals as chief nursing officer. Most recently, Molly worked for Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Spring Hill as the associate administrator. She earned her master’s degree in business administration from Capella University and her master’s degree in nursing from Franklin Pierce University.

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Kevin Creed
Dr. Kevin Creed

Medical Director

Dr. Creed is board certified through the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Kevin Creed earned his medical degree in 2004 from Howard University in Washington, D.C.  He completed his internship and residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation in 2008 at The University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Creed is board certified through the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Creed is an independent private practice physician.

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Barbara Bierut
Barbara Bierut

Controller

Barb has more than 25 years of accounting leadership experience.

Barb has more than 25 years of accounting leadership experience. She earned her bachelor's degree in accounting from State University of New York at Buffalo, a master's degree in accounting from Nova Southeastern University and holds an active Florida CPA license. Barb is a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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Malinda Clark Degina
Malinda Clark Degina

Director of Quality & Risk

Malinda is employed as the director of quality & risk.

Malinda is employed as the director of quality & risk. She has worked in healthcare for more than 30 years. Her 12 years of leadership and quality experience were achieved in her roles as director of the structural heart and stroke programs at University of Miami Hospital. She also holds 20 years of clinical experience in acute rehab, cardiology, medical surgical and orthopedic nursing.

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Jonathan Hankley
Jonathan Hankley

Business Development Director

Jonathan joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Largo in 2020.

Jonathan joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Largo in 2020. Prior to his time at Encompass Health of Largo, Jonathan served in several roles at Encompass Hospitals in Florida, Missouri and Kansas. He earned an associate's degree as a physical therapy assistant. Jonathan continued his studies at Lindenwood University and completed a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

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Kristin Heiner
Kristin Heiner, RN, BSN, MSHA

Director of Case Management

Kristin “Kris” Heiner hails from Maryland where she earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Maryland at Baltimore.

Kristin “Kris” Heiner hails from Maryland where she earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. She brings to Encompass Health nearly 30 years of nursing experience with leadership roles in case management, utilization management, risk management and trauma program development. She earned her master of science degree in healthcare administration from University of Maryland University College. Kris brings a strong background in program development and process improvement to new role as director of case management for Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Largo.

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Eric Messersmith
Eric Messersmith

Director of Plant Operations

As the director of plant operations, Eric supports hospital frontline staff providing environmental control, equipment functionality and campus safety.

As the director of plant operations, Eric supports hospital frontline staff providing environmental control, equipment functionality and campus safety. Prior to joining the team at Encompass Health Rehabilitation of Largo, Eric worked for two HCA hospitals as the manager of facilities. He brings more than 25 years of electrical experience as a journeyman electrician through the IBEW and United States Navy. Eric has a degree in electrical engineering technology (EEET) and has several certifications in his area of expertise.

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Pattie Sue Squires
Patti Sue Squires

Chief Nursing Officer

Patti brings almost 30 years of nursing expertise to Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Largo.

Patti brings almost 30 years of nursing expertise to Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Largo. She has held various leadership positions throughout her career including executive roles in acute care hospitals in Pinellas and Sarasota counties, including VP of emergency services, associate chief nursing officer and chief nursing officer. Patti has a passion for providing high quality and safe patient care. She is skilled in nursing operations and management, emergency nursing, critical care nursing, data analytics and leadership development. Most recently, Patti worked for Largo Medical Center as the interim CNO/associate chief nursing officer. Patti completed her undergraduate studies at Memorial University in Canada and she received her master’s degree at Walden University.

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John Winiecki
John Winiecki

Director of Pharmacy

John Winiecki is the director of pharmacy for Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Largo.

John Winiecki is the director of pharmacy for Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Largo. He has been with Encompass Health since 2005 and has more than 20 years of experience in the hospital pharmacy setting; including inpatient rehabilitation, long-term acute care and community hospitals in the Tampa Bay area. His professional interests and specialties include the areas of pharmacy informatics, anticoagulation, diabetes and infectious disease. John earned his doctorate of pharmacy degree from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale Florida in 1998. He also completed a PGY1 ASHP accredited pharmacy residency program at C.W. Bill Young VA HCS in 1999. John's goal are to provide comprehensive, quality care to the patients he serves.

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Melisa Wynne
Melisa Wynne

Director of Human Resources

Melisa Wynne serves as the director of human resources at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Largo.

Melisa Wynne serves as the director of human resources at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Largo. She began her human resources career in 1987 and has since worked in industries including oil and gas, manufacturing, power, wholesale, hospitality and most recently the healthcare business sector. Melisa’s areas of expertise include recruiting, performance management, onboarding, training, employee relations, benefits and conflict resolution. Melisa attended the College of Charleston and is a certified HR professional receiving certifications from SHRM and HRCI.

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Jouni Zidbeck
Jouni Zidbeck

Director of Therapy Operations

Jouni joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Largo in 2015, bringing a background in various hospital settings including emergency medical services and acute care to his role.

Jouni joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Largo in 2015, bringing a background in various hospital settings including emergency medical services and acute care to his role. He received a bachelor’s degree in medical anthropology and master’s degree in physical therapy from University of North Dakota. He later earned a clinical doctorate degree in physical therapy from A.T. Still University in 2011 and master’s in business administration from University of South Florida in 2014.

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