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At Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Bluffton, we are committed to helping you regain independence after a life-changing illness or injury. Located in Bluffton, we are a leading provider of inpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology for stroke, brain injury, hip fracture 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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38 Beds

Nonsmoking

Free WiFi

Interpreter services

Telephones

Televisions

Courtyard

Tours available

Pet friendly

Student observation hours

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We proudly display our Gold Seal of Approval™

Joint Commission Accreditation

By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety, our hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission.

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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 with magazine racks and luggage carts.
  • Sliding doors leading to reception desk and hallway.
  • Patient seating available on both sides of entrance doors.
  • Computer on desk with chair.
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  • Single patient bed with nightstand and large window.
  • Alcove with couch and chairs for sitting with picture on wall and large window.
  • Desks with chairs and cork board and a safe on desktop.
  • Closet space between two desktop workstations.
  • Sink opposite of desk workspace.
  • Bathroom with toilet, shower and accessibility seats and door for privacy.
  • Doorway leading to hall.
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  • Living room with couch and chair.
  • Kitchenette with stove, refrigerator, sink, microwave, toaster oven and cabinets.
  • Bed, side table and dresser.
  • Dining table and chairs.
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  • Circular courtyard surrounded by brick wall and trees.
  • Multiple raised flower beds.
  • Round table and chairs for seating and dining.
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  • Therapy room with various equipment and technology such as parallel bars.
  • Therapy beds line walls for individual therapy sessions.
  • Room divided in to two therapy spaces.
  • Windows lining wall.
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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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Hospital happenings

To show our appreciation for our staff and their consistent efforts of setting up success for our patients, each other and our hospital, they enjoyed dinner on us, and were given a pizza to take home. Thank you all for going the extra mile every day! We couldn’t do what we do with you!

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To show our appreciation for our staff and their consistent efforts of setting up success for our patients, each other and our hospital, they enjoyed dinner on us, and were given a pizza to take home.

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Our Encompass Health employees have been busy spreading Valentine’s Day cheer by purchasing candy grams to show their appreciation for each other’s hard work! Each personalized candy gram was hand delivered, and all the money that was raised will be donated to The American Heart Association in support of Heart Month. We hope you and your loved ones had a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Our Encompass Health employees have been busy spreading Valentine’s Day cheer by purchasing candy grams to show their appreciation for each other’s hard work!

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Join us in congratulating our very own Hailey Kamin for being named the Southeast Regional winner of our Outstanding Employee Achievement award! Hailey was recently promoted to nurse manager and serves as our wound coordinator where she accepted the challenge of developing a wound program and reduced the wound rate by 78%! Way to go, Hailey! We're all so proud.

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Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Bluffton is one of our OEAA winners.

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Our Encompass Health team participated in National Wear Red Day Feb. 5, to show our support for the American Heart Association and join in the fight for a future free of heart disease! How will you encourage heart health this year?

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Encompass Health Bluffton celebrates Wear Red day

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Watch Arnold Lane take his first steps since his stroke thanks to the help of the AutoAmbulator.

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As we celebrate our amazing PTs during Physical Therapy Month, we also want to celebrate our employees with PT credentials who don’t necessarily treat our patients. Meet our liaison PTs—a mix of admission liaisons and rehab liaisons who help bring patients into the hospital. Their PT skills come in handy when pre-screening candidates to see if they could benefit from inpatient therapy. Happy PT month to our very own healthcare heroes and to all PTs out there!

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Happy anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Bridgon! They celebrated 31 years of love with a picnic outside the hospital. While this may not be an ideal anniversary date, being able to see each other and share this moment was very special to them.

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Thank you to the Encompass Health Southeast regional team for treating us to lunch from JThomas Catering. The staff loved it!

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Thank you, Harmony at Savannah, for treating our hospital to Jenni's Treats on the Street! It was a nice cool break in this summer heat!

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Leadership and staff

Wayne Boutwell
Wayne Boutwell

Chief Executive Officer

Wayne is an accomplished hospital operator who has served in healthcare for 24 years.

Wayne is an accomplished hospital operator who has served in healthcare for 24 years. He has served in multiple hospital environments including for-profit systems and not-for-profit systems, as well as short term acute care and post-acute care. Wayne most recently served as the CEO of ContinueCARE Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina. Prior to relocating to South Carolina, Wayne served as the CEO of Regency Hospital in Macon, Georgia. Wayne's other prior roles include serving 12 years with Tenet Healthcare where he served as an associate administrator and later as chief operating officer at Atlanta Medical Center, a two-campus, 762 bed, level 1 trauma center. Wayne holds a master's degree in business administration from Mercer University, and a bachelor's degree in management from the University of Phoenix. He is also a fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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Vincent Somaio
VINCENT SOMAIO

Medical Director

Dr. Somaio brings 16 years of experience as a board certified physician specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR).

Dr. Somaio brings 16 years of experience as a board certified physician specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR). He completed his medical training and residency at Albany Medical Center Hospital in Upstate New York. He has extensive experience treating both adult and pediatric patients with stroke, brain injury, trauma, orthopedic and neurologic conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis. He was an associate professor at Albany Medical Center Hospital for PMR residents and is an auxiliary member of the New York State Board of Medicine. He served as President of the Stand Up and Play Foundation (Capital District of NY Chapter) and is currently an active member of the National MS Society.

Dr. Somaio is an independent private practice physician.

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Renee Bannon
Renee Bannon

Business Development Director

Renee Bannon joined Encompass Health with the opening of the Bluffton hospital in 2018 and now serves as the business development director. 

Renee Bannon joined Encompass Health with the opening of the Bluffton hospital in 2018 and now serves as the business development director. She came with 20+ combined years of sales, business, and nursing experience. Renee earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from The Baptist School of Health Professionals and is licensed as a registered nurse. Renee is a native to the area and comes from a family of nurses, first responders, military, and community servants. She proudly boasts that her grandmother, also a nurse, helped establish the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) in Jasper County.

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Jacqueline Fitzgerald
Jacqueline Fitzgerald

Director of Case Management

Jacqueline has more than 30 years experience as a registered nurse and more than 20 years experience as a case manager.

Jacqueline has more than 30 years experience as a registered nurse and more than 20 years experience as a case manager. She earned her certification of case management in 2010. Jacqueline is joining Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Bluffton with an extensive background in utilization management of rehabilitation patients. She is a native of Centerville, Ohio and attended Wright State University. Jacqueline relocated to Bluffton in 2017.

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Kathleen Johnson
Kathleen Johnson

Director of Therapy Operations

Kathleen joined the Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Bluffton team in 2020 with more than five years of experience with Encompass Health in Savannah, Georgia and Memphis, Tennessee.

Kathleen joined the Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Bluffton team in 2020 with more than five years of experience with Encompass Health in Savannah, Georgia and Memphis, Tennessee. She received her bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the University of Memphis and her doctorate degree in physical therapy degree from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Throughout her time with Encompass Health, she has served as a staff physical therapist, physical therapy team leader, program champion of The Joint Commission Stroke Certification Team in Savannah, and has earned her NDT certification.

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Caitlin Motes
Caitlin Motes

Director of Quality and Risk Management

Caitlin Motes was recently promoted from physical therapy team lead and is serving as our director of quality and risk management.

Caitlin Motes was recently promoted from physical therapy team lead and is serving as our director of quality and risk management. Caitlin has worked at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Bluffton since its opening in 2018 when she joined as the lead physical therapist. She has previously served in the same role at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Savannah. Caitlin holds her bachelor's degree in biology from Covenant College and her doctorate degree in physical therapy from Armstrong Atlantic State University. In addition to inpatient rehabilitation, she brings experience in the acute care, long-term acute care, and brain injury rehabilitation settings. She holds certification for neuro-developmental treatment specializing in stroke and neurologic conditions.

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Ed Pryor
Edward Pryor

Controller

Edward has worked and held several healthcare financial roles in his career.

Edward has worked and held several healthcare financial roles in his career. His leadership and experience as CFO and VP assist the hospital in its mission to provide exceptional patient care in the greater Bluffton/Hilton Head market. Ed has degrees from the University of Tennessee and Tennessee Technological University. He is responsible for the financial, purchasing, cost containment and overall metric and performance goals of the hospital. Motivated by the passion to make a positive impact, his favorite experiences are seeing the amazing changes taking place in the lives and families of our patients.

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