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Welcome to our hospital

At Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital, an affiliate of Encompass Health, we are committed to helping you regain independence after a life-changing illness or injury. Serving Massachusetts and the greater Boston area, we are a leading provider of rehabilitation after stroke, Parkinson’s, 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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Televisions

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Courtyard

Pet friendly

Tours available

Support groups

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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.

Brain Injury Rehabilitation

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

Amputee Rehabilitation

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

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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 rooms listed below to navigate through through different areas/floors of the hospital for a full virtual tour.

  • Parking lot for patients and visitors adjacent to hospital building.
  • Outdoor area for rest and relaxation with multiple tables and chairs/benches.
  • Gazebo or shaded area for patients and visitors to rest and relax together.
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  • Shared patient room with two beds, bathroom, and chairs for visitors.
  • Two wardrobes for storing personal belongings.Window with exterior view.
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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.
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  • Activities of daily living suite is a recreated bedroom and kitchen, area to simulate activities of daily life for patients to practice before they return home.
  • Bedroom has bed, wardrobe, closet area, wooden washer/dryer, and chair.
  • Kitchen has table and chairs, standard kitchen appliances and sink.
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  • Exercise equipment throughout gym to be used with technologies in therapy sessions.
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  • Multiple chairs for patients, visitors, and family to sit together.
  • Television in entertainment center with attached bookcases with books to borrow..

Leadership and staff

Peter Lancette, CEO
Peter Lancette

Chief Executive Officer

Peter brings a wealth of clinical and healthcare leadership experience to his role as CEO.

Peter brings a wealth of clinical and healthcare leadership experience to his role as CEO. Prior to joining Fairlawn, he served as the associate vice president for UMass Memorial Health’s hospital at home program. Before that, he was the associate chief nursing officer for field hospital operations for UMass Medical Center (UMMC). In that position, he worked with federal, state and local officials to create and manage a 250-bed field hospital to care for nearly 1,000 COVID-19 patients from the greater Worcester area. He was also UMMC’s director of cardiovascular diagnostic and interventional services and manager of the emergency and life flight departments. He previously worked as a staff nurse for 20 years at several area hospitals. Peter is a 26-year veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves. His service included multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, where he served as a chief nurse, unit commander and leader of a golden hour offset surgical trauma team. In addition to overseeing a 20-person clinical team treating critically injured servicemen and women in a range of combat scenarios, he coordinated evacuation efforts to separate patients from conflict and administer critical treatment in high intensity situations.

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Debra Twehous
DEBRA TWEHOUS, M.D.

Medical Director

Prior to her appointment as Fairlawn’s medical director, Dr. Twehous was the hospital’s chief of physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Prior to her appointment as Fairlawn’s medical director, Dr. Twehous was the hospital’s chief of physical medicine and rehabilitation. She also previously served as a medical director at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, the Burbank Rehabilitation Center in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Farnum Rehabilitation Center at the Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, New Hampshire, and the VA Medical Center in Long Beach, California. Dr. Twehous completed her medical degree and an internship in internal medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of California at Irvine. An assistant professor in the department of orthopedics and physical medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Dr. Twehous has also held academic positions at Harvard Medical School in Boston and The University of California at Irvine in Orange, California.

Dr. Twehous is an independent private practice physician.

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Lauri Auer
LAURI AUER

Business Development Director

Lauri brings a wealth of leadership experience in healthcare marketing, business development and strategic planning to her role at Fairlawn.
Lauri brings a wealth of leadership experience in healthcare marketing, business development and strategic planning to her role at Fairlawn. During her 25-plus years in the healthcare industry, she has worked in a variety of settings, including skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities, homecare, hospice and acute care hospitals. She is the principal owner of Auer Consulting, LLC, and has also worked in business development leadership roles for VNA Care Network and Hospice, Kindred Healthcare, Inc. and VNA of Cape Cod. Lauri earned her MBA in organizational leadership at Johnson and Wales University and her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Massachusetts.
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Cathleen Butenewicz
Cathleen Butenewicz

Chief Nursing Officer

Throughout her 30-year nursing career, Cathleen has served in leadership roles for several healthcare systems in Maryland, New Jersey and Delaware.

Throughout her 30-year nursing career, Cathleen has served in leadership roles for several healthcare systems in Maryland, New Jersey and Delaware. Prior to joining Fairlawn, she held quality and risk management positions at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center in Baltimore, MD, and Salem Medical Center in Salem, NJ. Cathleen earned her doctor of nursing practice through Capella University, Minneapolis and both her bachelor's and master's degree in nursing at Wilmington University in New Castle. She also holds a post-graduate certification as a legal nurse consultant. Cathleen has presented on a variety of topics related to nursing education and leadership at conferences throughout the United States. She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, the Academy of Medical Surgical Nursing, the American Nurses Association and the International Nursing Honor Society Sigma Theta Tau.

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Jamie Cormier
JAMIE CORMIER

Physical Therapy Manager

A licensed physical therapist, Jamie joined Fairlawn in 2012 as a staff physical therapist.

A licensed physical therapist, Jamie joined Fairlawn in 2012 as a staff physical therapist. In 2015, she was appointed physical therapy manager. Prior to joining Fairlawn, Jamie was a physical therapist at the University Medical Center at Brackenridge, a level-one trauma hospital in Austin, TX. She holds a master’s degree in physical therapy from Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT, and is a certified American PT Association clinical instructor. She also holds certification in the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale.

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Nancy Currie
NANCY CURRIE

Director of Case Management

A licensed clinical social worker, Nancy is the former social service manager for Fallon Community Health Plan’s Summit Eldercare in Worcester, Massachusetts.

A licensed clinical social worker, Nancy is the former social service manager for Fallon Community Health Plan’s Summit Eldercare in Worcester, Massachusetts. She also previously worked in administrative and clinical roles at Harrington Hospice in Southbridge, Massachusetts, and Overlook Hospice, Charlton, Massachusetts. A graduate of Clark University, she earned her master’s degree in social work at Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Melissa Ferguson
MELISSA FERGUSON

Director of Quality and Risk Management

Melissa is a registered nurse who earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Southern New Hampshire University.

Melissa is a registered nurse who earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Southern New Hampshire University. Her healthcare leadership roles have focused on ensuring efficient, effective clinical systems as well as compliance with federal, state and Joint Commission regulations. Prior to joining Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital, she served as the director of nursing for CareOne, a sub-acute nursing facility in Millbury. She was also a regional clinical service consultant for CareOne and previously worked as a quality assurance nurse for Sheehan Health Group in Brighton.

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John Flaherty
JOHN FLAHERTY

Controller

Prior to assuming his position at Fairlawn in October of 2004, John served as an audit manager for Alexander, Aronson, Finning & Co., P.C. in Westborough, Massachusetts.

Prior to assuming his position at Fairlawn in October of 2004, John served as an audit manager for Alexander, Aronson, Finning & Co., P.C. in Westborough, Massachusetts. He also previously worked in several financial services positions for UMass Memorial Healthcare, Worcester, Massachusetts. A certified public accountant, John earned his certificate in accounting at Assumption College. He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross.

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Linda Larson
LINDA LARSON

Rehabilitation Manager

A licensed speech-language pathologist and a certified brain injury specialist, Linda has worked at Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital since 1988.

A licensed speech-language pathologist and a certified brain injury specialist, Linda has worked at Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital since 1988. Linda earned her master’s degree in speech-language pathology at the University of Massachusetts, where she also completed her bachelor’s degree in communication disorders. She has presented at a number of professional conferences on topics related to stroke and brain injury.

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Dorothy Leary
DOROTHY LEARY

Human Resources Director

Dorothy brings more than 35 years of experience in the human resources field to her role as the hospital’s human resources director.

Dorothy brings more than 35 years of experience in the human resources field to her role as the hospital’s human resources director. Prior to joining Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital, she served as a senior human resources business partner for Nuvance Health, a system of hospitals and healthcare professionals in New York and Connecticut. She also previously served as the HR Center of Excellence leader for Ability Beyond, a health and human services organization for individuals with disabilities. Dorothy earned her master’s degree in applied psychology-industrial /organizational psychology from Fairfield University, in Connecticut. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration/education from Sacred Heart University, in Connecticut. She also holds advanced certifications through the Society for Human Resource Management as a Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and the Human Resources Certification Institute as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

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Corey LeBlanc
COREY LEBLANC

Director of Therapy Operations

Joining Fairlawn in 2002, Corey served as a staff physical therapist until he was appointed physical therapy rehabilitation manager in 2010.

Joining Fairlawn in 2002, Corey served as a staff physical therapist until he was appointed physical therapy rehabilitation manager in 2010. In 2015, he assumed his current position as director of therapy operations. He holds a doctorate degree in physical therapy from Simmons College and a master’s degree in physical therapy from Boston University. Named Fairlawn’s Clinician of the Year in 2008 and Employee of the Year in 2014, Corey is a member of the Physical Therapy Clinical Advisory Board at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences.

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Josiah Moyer
JOSIAH MOYER

Director of Plant Operations

As director of plant operations, Josiah oversees our environmental services departments, including maintenance, food services and housekeeping.

As director of plant operations, Josiah oversees our environmental services departments, including maintenance, food services and housekeeping. He brings more than ten years of facilities management experience to his role, which also involves quality assurance and life safety systems inspections, testing and documentation, as well as TJC compliance in all areas of plant operations. Josiah previously served as plant operations director at Morton Hospital and as assistant facility director for UMass Medical School’s property management office. A 14-year veteran of the United States Navy, he worked as a nuclear machinist and as a facility manager for the Naval Ambulatory Care Center in Newport, RI.

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Lauren Murray
Lauren Murray

Rehabilitation Manager

A licensed occupational therapist, Lauren is the former therapy program director at Synchrony Rehabilitation Center in Worcester, MA.

A licensed occupational therapist, Lauren is the former therapy program director at Synchrony Rehabilitation Center in Worcester, MA. She previously worked for Salmon Health and Retirement, serving as a staff and lead occupational therapist, director of rehabilitation and sub-acute program director at their Worcester location. Lauren earned her bachelor’s degree in occupational science and her master’s degree in occupational therapy at Worcester State University.

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Florence Oppong
FLORENCE OPPONG

Nurse Manager

A CRRN® (Certified Registered Rehabilitation Nurse), Florence earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Framingham State University and was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society.

A CRRN® (Certified Registered Rehabilitation Nurse), Florence earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Framingham State University and was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society. She previously worked Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey, and as a nurse for the Worcester Public Schools. Florence is a member of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.

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Fairlawn’s Patient-Family Advisory Council

Listening to those who entrust us with their care is one of the most effective ways to ensure that we serve patients and families to the best of our ability.  Seeing the delivery of care through their eyes and then collaborating with them to improve that care is the goal of Fairlawn’s Patient Family Advisory Council (PFAC).

The Council, comprised of several senior management/staff members and four individuals from the community, meets every three months at Fairlawn. Also, through its Ambassador Peer Visiting Program, PFAC members are available to patients and families to share the peer experience of illness, recovery and life after Fairlawn.

In its efforts to facilitate patient and family participation in hospital care, decision-making, and policy/program development, the Council utilizes the Institute for Family Centered Care core concepts of dignity and respect, information and sharing, participation and collaboration.

The PFAC plan, policy and annual report are available publicly via electronic means by completing “Contact Us” email section on this website.

New members welcome:
Fairlawn’s PFAC welcomes new members.  If you are interested in being a part of the Council, please complete the “Contact Us” email section on this website. The Council’s chairperson will respond to your inquiry.

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