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Welcome to our hospital

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

Cafeteria

40 Beds

Free WiFi

Student observation hours

Telephones

Televisions

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.

Leadership and staff

Tom Laughlin
Tom Laughlin

Chief Executive Officer

Tom joined Encompass Health in September 2019 as CEO of Wesley Rehabilitation Hospital and has transitioned to Florida to open the St. Augustine hospital.

Tom joined Encompass Health in September 2019 as CEO of Wesley Rehabilitation Hospital and has transitioned to Florida to open the St. Augustine hospital. Tom previously held a variety of healthcare roles which included clinical analyst, director of quality and director of imaging and rehabilitation services. A licensed physical therapist with 20 years of leadership experience, Tom earned his bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and his master’s degree in physical therapy from Kansas University Medical Center.

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Mira Zelin
Mira Zelin, DO

Medical Director

Dr. Mira Zelin, DO, is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist.

Dr. Mira Zelin, DO, is a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist. She has been practicing for more than 17 years since graduating from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of New York Institute of Technology.

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Chris Bayer
Chris Bayer

Controller

Chris joined Encompass Health as controller in November 2021.

Chris joined Encompass Health as controller in November 2021. He has held key financial leadership positions at a variety of acute care regional health systems throughout Florida, including system budget director, vice president of budget and financial planning, and chief financial advisor. He began his career with Ernst & Young as an auditor specializing in healthcare. Chris earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Louis University.

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Wayne Blas
Wayne Blas, CHFM, CHSP

Facilities Management Director

Wayne has been a member of the Encompass Health team since January of 2017.

Wayne has been a member of the Encompass Health team since January of 2017, serving as the facilities management director for Encompass Health RIT in Tucson Arizona, Encompass Health Desert Canyon in Las Vegas, Nevada and now here at Encompass Health of St. Augustine. In 1993, he received an honorable discharge from the Navy and began a career in healthcare plant facility operations with Baptist Medical Center. Wayne is a member of the American Society for Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) and Florida Healthcare Engineers Association (FHEA).

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Edie Bruce
Edie Bruce

Human Resources Director

Edie has more than 25 years of human resources experience.

Edie has more than 25 years of human resources experience, with the majority of her years working in healthcare. Edie brings a broad range of experience to her new role, including employment, benefits, payroll, compensation and employee relations.

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Debra Burns
Debra Burns

Case Management Director

Debra joined Encompass Health in 2016 and has held healthcare leadership positions for more than 30 years.

Debra joined Encompass Health in 2016 and has held healthcare leadership positions for more than 30 years in both acute care hospitals and in public sector environments. She is a registered nurse, Certified Case Manager and Certified Professional in healthcare quality. She earned her bachelor’s degree in healthcare leadership from National Louis University.

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Brittney Costello
Brittney Costello, CSSBB, CPHQ

Director of Quality & Risk

Brittney has a variety of quality and risk experience in various healthcare settings, from multi-specialty offices to acute care.

Brittney has a variety of quality and risk experience in various healthcare settings, from multi-specialty offices to acute care. She has worked in numerous roles including performance improvement, risk, and accreditation, and she is certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt from American Society of Quality. She earned her master’s degree in business administration and is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) from the National Association for Healthcare Quality.

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Meg Foster
Meg Foster

Director of Therapy Operations

Meg served as director of therapy operations at Encompass Health of Kingsport for five years before joining the St. Augustine team.

Meg served as director of therapy operations at Encompass Health of Kingsport for five years before joining the St. Augustine team. Prior to joining Encompass Health, she served in therapy leadership roles in both acute care and home health settings. She is a licensed physical therapist who earned a master’s degree in physical therapy from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, and completed her doctoral work at Shenandoah University in Virginia.

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Teresa Lambert
Teresa Lambert

Chief Nursing Officer

Teresa is a registered nurse with more than three decades of nursing and nursing leadership experience.

Teresa is a registered nurse with more than three decades of nursing and nursing leadership experience. For the past 20 years, Teresa has served patients and nursing teams in a variety of settings and collaborated with multidisciplinary teams to develop specialty service lines in orthopedic, stroke and bariatrics.

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 Carolyn Piazza
Carolyn Piazza, PharmD, BCPS

Director of Pharmacy

Dr. Carolyn Piazza came to Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of St. Augustine from more than 15 years of acute care practice.

Dr. Carolyn Piazza came to Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of St. Augustine from more than 15 years of acute care practice, which focused on emergency medicine, critical care and pharmacy operations management. Carolyn earned her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree at the University of Florida and is a board certified pharmacotherapy specialist. She has developed medication reconciliation program and educated pharmacy technicians to conduct patient interviews helping to clarify patients home medications. Her goal as a clinical pharmacist is to promote the safe use of medications as she cares for her patients. Carolyn is passionate about serving her community of St. Augustine where she has resided for the past 30 years.

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Melissa Posey
Melissa Posey

Business Development Director

Melissa joined Encompass Health in 2021.

Melissa joined Encompass Health in 2021. She is a passionate patient advocate with more than 27 years of healthcare and marketing experience. She earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Mercer University.

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