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Welcome to our hospital

At Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Littleton, we are committed to helping you regain independence after a life-changing illness or injury. Located in Denver, we serve the Denver area as a leading provider of inpatient rehabilitation for stroke, Parkinson’s disease, trauma 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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Careers

What to expect

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Superior amenities at our hospitals

60 Beds

Nonsmoking

Telephones

Televisions

Cafeteria

Interpreter services

Free WiFi

Service and pet visitors allowed with up-to-date shot record

Student observation hours

Tours available

Volunteers

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.

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. 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Patient room with bed, sink, bathroom, TV and chair for visitors.
  • Wardrobe with storage for personal effects.

Leadership and Staff

Liz Freudenberg
LIZ FREUDENBERG

Chief Executive Officer

Liz Freudenberg joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Littleton, in March 2013 as the controller.

Liz Freudenberg joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Littleton, in March 2013 as the controller. She served in this role until February 2021, when she was named to the CEO position. She received her bachelor's degree in business administration and her master's degree of accountancy from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. She is a certified public accountant in the state of Colorado. Liz is married with two daughters and is a Colorado native.

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Brian Miller
BRIAN A. MILLER, D.O

Medical Director

Dr. Miller is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation through the ABPMR.

Dr. Miller is the medical director of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Littleton. He received his doctorate in 2011 from the Midwestern University in Glendale, Ariz. having more than six years of diverse experience in physical medicine and rehabilitation. He completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital affiliated with Chicago Medical School and the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Wheaton, Ill. Dr. Miller is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation through the ABPMR. He is married with a son and a Colorado native.

Dr. Miller is an independent private practice physician.

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Stephanie Franszczak
STEPHANIE FRANSZCZAK, MED

Director of Human Resources

Stephanie has more than two decades of diverse, progressive and multi-state experience in human resources.

Stephanie has more than two decades of diverse, progressive and multi-state experience in human resources. She earned an undergraduate degree in human rehabilitative services with a minor in community health from the University of Northern Colorado and a graduate degree in education from Colorado State University. Stephanie is a Colorado native who grew up in Littleton and now resides in the City of Denver with her husband, three cats and a dog.

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Britanie Graybeal
BRITANIE GRAYBEAL

Director of Quality & Risk Management

Britanie joined the Encompass Health Littleton team in 2015.

Britanie joined the Encompass Health Littleton team in 2015. She received her Bachelor of Arts with distinction in public health from the University of Colorado Denver where she also served as a research assistant in the department of health and behavioral sciences, concentrating on gerontology and building social capital. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in healthcare administration at Colorado State University. Britanie is a Colorado native who enjoys spending time with her family and her Australian shepherd.

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Matt Marrington
Matthew Marrington

Program Medical Director

Dr. Matthew Marrington is a program medical director at Encompass Health in Littleton, Colorado.

Dr. Matthew Marrington is a program medical director at Encompass Health in Littleton, Colorado. He earned his doctorate from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2016. After medical school, he completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University Hospitals Health System, a program dually accredited by the ABPMR and AOBPMR, based out of Cleveland, OH. Dr. Marrington specializes in general rehabilitation medicine, non-interventional pain management and electrodiagnostic medicine. Additionally, he has training in osteopathic manipulation and integrative medicine. Dr. Marrington leads an active lifestyle and enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, hiking, running, swimming and fishing.

Dr. Marrington is an independent private practice physician.

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Adam Oglesby
Adam Oglesby

Director of Plant Operations

Adam began his career with Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Littleton, in June of 2016 as the environmental services manager in Evansville, Indiana.

Adam began his career with Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Littleton, in June of 2016 as the environmental services manager in Evansville, Indiana. He and his family relocated to Denver, Colorado in August 2018 to serve as director of plant operations in Littleton. Adam has a degree in industrial maintenance and over twelve years’ experience. He and his wife have one son and one daughter.

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John Parras
John Parras

Chief Nursing Officer

John joined Encompass Health in 2017 as part of the Developing Future Chief Nursing Officer program.

John joined Encompass Health in 2017 as part of the Developing Future Chief Nursing Officer program. Originally from Carlsbad, New Mexico, John obtained a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of New Mexico. In 2004 he moved to Phoenix, Arizona, and obtained his bachelor’s degree in nursing from Arizona State University. John’s nursing experience includes several major components of the healthcare continuum including critical care, acute care and post-acute care. He has a passion for post-acute services, specifically acute rehabilitation; and enjoys sharing his background in business, nursing and leadership as a contribution to positive patient outcomes.

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Heather Pearson
Heather L. Pearson, PHARM.D., BCPS, BCGP

Director of Pharmacy

Heather received her pharmacy doctorate in 2011 from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Albany, New York.

Heather received her pharmacy doctorate in 2011 from Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Albany, New York. She then completed her first year of residency at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, followed by a pharmacotherapy specialty residency at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Her experience includes practicing and leading in various settings including ambulatory care, industry, hospital, retail pharmacy and clinical research. Heather is board certified as a pharmacotherapy specialist and geriatric pharmacist through the Board of Pharmacy Specialties.

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Brendan Polun
Brendan J. Polun, D.O.

Associate Medical Director

Dr. Polun is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation through the ABPMR.

Dr. Brendan Polun is an associate medical director at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Littleton. He received his doctorate from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of New York Institute of Technology in 2011 having over 6 years of diverse experience in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital affiliated with Chicago Medical School and the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science in Wheaton, Ill. Dr. Polun is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation through the ABPMR. He is married with a son and is originally from Baltimore, Md. Dr. Polun has a passion for healthy living with the ability to help patients gain their independence.

Dr. Polun is an independent private practice physician.

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Kathleen Saba
KATHLEEN SABA, BS, MBA

Business Development Director

Kathleen has over 20 years of diverse multi-state experience in healthcare business development and marketing within various healthcare sectors.

Kathleen has over 20 years of diverse multi-state experience in healthcare business development and marketing within the sectors of pharmaceuticals, skilled nursing, long term acute care, home health and hospice. She earned an undergraduate degree in psychology with a minor in biology from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix. Originally from New York, Kathleen relocated to Colorado in 2009 with her son.

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Jamie Weston
Jamie Weston

Director of Case Management

Jamie began her case management career in 2015.

Jamie began her case management career in 2015. Prior to healthcare, she worked with youth and families in western North Carolina and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Jamie earned her bachelor’s degree in social work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and attended Western Carolina University where she earned her master’s degree in social work. Jamie is passionate about building relationships with patients and their families, and providing support and advocacy during difficult times.

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Sharon Whitehead
Sharon Whitehead

Director of Therapy Operations

Sharon has been practicing physical therapy for 30 years with an extensive multi-state progressive leadership background in clinical, quality and operations. Sharon has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southwest Texas State and a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from Texas Woman’s University. Sharon grew up in Texas, and has lived in Alaska, Nevada and now lives in Highlands Ranch, where she, her kids, and animals have chosen to make their home.

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Dean Zarei
DEAN ZAREI, CPA

Controller

Dean Zarei joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Littleton, in April 2021.

Dean Zarei joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Littleton, in April 2021. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado. He is a certified public accountant in the state of Colorado. He is engaged with two French Bulldogs and has lived in Colorado for over 25 years.

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