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At Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Lakeland, we are committed to helping you regain independence after a life-changing illness or injury. Located in Lakeland and serving Polk and Hillsborough counties, we are 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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Superior amenities at our hospitals

50 Beds

Private rooms

Courtyard

Telephones

Televisions

Free WiFi

Nonsmoking

Service animals allowed with supporting documentation

Tours available

Leadership and staff

Sharon Hayes CEO
SHARON HAYES, BSN, MBA

Chief Executive Officer

Sharon was named CEO of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Lakeland.

Sharon was named CEO of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Lakeland after recently serving as CEO at several Community Health Systems (CHS) hospitals, including Bayfront Health in both Brooksville and Spring Hill, Florida, and Bayfront Health Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Florida. Earlier in her career, she served as CEO at multiple HCA-operated hospitals from 2012 to 2019, and in multiple leadership roles at CJW Medical Center, a two-campus facility that is part of HCA, for seven years. She previously served as chief nursing officer and administrator at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. A registered nurse with more than 20 years of acute care leadership experience, Sharon completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and her master’s degree in business administration at Florida Atlantic University.

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Greg Brackett
GREG BRACKETT, PT, DPT, MBA

Director of Therapy Operations

Greg joined Encompass Health in June 2017 and has been practicing physical therapy since August 2016.

Greg joined Encompass Health in June 2017 and has been practicing physical therapy since August 2016, primarily in the inpatient rehabilitation setting. After earning his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Georgia Southern University in 2011, he graduated from Armstrong State University with his doctorate of physical therapy in 2016. He received his master’s degree in business administration from the University of West Georgia.

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Jill Christy
JILL CHRISTY, MSW

Business Development Director

Jill brings more than 20 years of healthcare experience to her role as business development director.

Jill brings more than 20 years of healthcare experience to her role as business development director of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Lakeland. She joined Encompass Health in 2007 and most recently served as business development director at Encompass Health of Ocala. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in social work from Marshall University and a master’s degree in social work with a specialized focus on business administration and mental health from West Virginia University. Jill is active with the American Heart Association Go Red for Women as well as the annual AHA Heart Walk.

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Carrie Corona
CARRIE CORONA

Human Resources Director

Carrie brings 20 years of healthcare administration experience to Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Lakeland.

Carrie brings 20 years of healthcare administration experience to Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Lakeland, with the last seven years being in human resources. Before joining Encompass Health, she served as an onboarding specialist, HR administrator, HR coordinator and HR business partner for two large acute care hospitals. Carrie graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health science from Keiser University and is pursuing her master’s degree in human resource management beginning fall 2022.

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Jenny Dinh
JENNY DINH, MSW ACM-SW

Director of Case Management

Jenny started her case management career at Encompass Health of Sugar Land in 2015.

Jenny started her case management career at Encompass Health of Sugar Land in 2015 and continued at Encompass Health of Altamonte Springs. Jenny earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of Houston. Jenny holds a case management certification from the American Case Management Association.

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Ralph Padilla
RALPH PADILLA, BSN, CRRN

Chief Nursing Officer

Ralph joined Encompass Health in 2016, and he has more than 10 years of experience in various healthcare fields.

Ralph joined Encompass Health in 2016, and he has more than 10 years of experience in various healthcare fields. He graduated from Pasco Hernando State College with an associate’s degree in nursing and from Western Governors University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. He obtained his certification as a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse in 2018 and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in business administration with a focus in healthcare management from Western Governors University.

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Emily Vinz
EMILY VINZ

Controller

Emily joined the leadership team at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Lakeland.

Emily joined the leadership team at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Lakeland with more than 20 years of accounting and finance experience, nine of those being in the healthcare industry. Prior to joining Encompass Health, she worked as the controller for a Denver-based non-profit Community Health Center. She graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

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Travis Young
TRAVIS YOUNG

Facilities Management Director

Travis worked for an acute behavioral health company for five years as a maintenance technician and worked his way into the facility director role.

Prior to joining the Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Lakeland team, Travis worked for an acute behavioral health company for five years as a maintenance technician and worked his way into the facility director role. He has a degree in HVAC from York Technical College in South Carolina. Before working in the healthcare industry, he was in the United States Air Force for six years.

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