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Welcome to our hospital

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

45 Semi-private rooms

15 Private rooms

Televisions

Telephones

Free WiFi

Cafeteria

Tours available

Courtyard

ADA approved service animals allowed

Volunteers

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.

Stroke Rehabilitation

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

Hip Fracture Rehabilitation

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

Oncology Rehabilitation

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

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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.

  • Outdoor area for rest and relaxation with multiple benches.
  • Walking track with small stairs for building patient endurance.
  • Area for gardening around courtyard area.
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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.
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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.
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  • Patient room with bed, sink, bathroom, TV and chair for visitors.
  • Wardrobe with storage for personal effects is under the television.
  • Small desk area with chair.
  • Window with exterior view.
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  • Multiple tables and chairs for patients and visitors to eat together.
  • Buffet style food area with menu, utensils, and condiments to choose.

Hospital Happenings

Steven entered Encompass Health Miami unable to bear weight on his left leg, making his self-care and mobility extremely difficult. He learned various adaptive techniques in order to regain his independence. Steven participated in our inpatient rehabilitation program and received physical, occupational and speech therapy. Today, he is preparing for discharge home. Congratulations, Steven!

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Hospital Happenings

As part of Stroke Awareness Month, a stroke education Zoom presentation was given to The Town of Cutler Bay Active Adults. The topics were stroke rehabilitation, prevention, how to identify a stroke and the importance of rehabilitation.

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Stress Awareness Month

Hospital Happenings

During the month of May, we celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month. At Encompass Health Rehabilitation of Miami, we recognize our speech therapists who treat individuals with voice, cognitive, language, hearing and speech disorders, as well as swallowing impairments.

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Better Hearing and Speech Month

Hospital Happenings

Each month, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Miami hosts a luncheon event for all employees to review our outcomes, patient satisfaction and goals, as well as recognize the accomplishments of our hard-working team. It's a fun team building event, and we especially like it when the weather is nice enough to enjoy lunch outside.

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Luncheon

Hospital Happenings

Today at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Miami, we celebrate our nurses. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to our patients and hospital. Nurses and assistants, we appreciate you beyond words.

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Today at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Miami, we celebrate our nurses.

Hospital Happenings

In celebration of Earth Day, Encompass Health Miami's Green Team hosted a tree planting ceremony. The Green Team's mission is to promote and preserve our community and environment for the health and longevity of future generations.

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Hospital Happenings

As Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Miami prepares for Stroke Awareness Month, we gathered some of our therapists from the neuro gym to showcase just a few of the many stroke success stories they have been a part of over the years.

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The Joint Commission

Hospital Happenings

In preparation for National Nurses Week in May, our nurses at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Miami were asked what makes them passionate about their nursing career. Rehab nurses provide care to help individuals return to their previous level of function. Rehab nurses make a difference!

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In preparation for National Nurses Week in May, our nurses at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Miami were asked what makes them passionate about their nursing career.

Hospital Happenings

April is National Occupational Therapy Month. There are many misconceptions that occupational therapists help individuals find jobs, or that they strictly work on upper body strengthening and are the same as physical therapists.

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April is National Occupational Therapy Month. There are many misconceptions that occupational therapists help individuals find jobs, or that they strictly work on upper body strengthening and are the same as physical therapists.

Leadership and staff

Luis R. Allende-Ruiz
Luis R. Allende-Ruiz

Chief Executive Officer

Luis R. Allende-Ruiz, CEO, joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Miami team at the end of July 2018, and is excited to be a part of the mission and vision that Encompass Health exemplifies.

Luis R. Allende-Ruiz, CEO, joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Miami team at the end of July 2018, and is excited to be a part of the mission and vision that Encompass Health exemplifies. Luis holds a bachelor’s degree in science with a major in biology obtained from the University of Puerto Rico. In addition, he holds two master’s degrees: a master’s in business administration with a major in human resources and another master’s in health services administration. With over 20 years of healthcare experience, Luis’ roles have varied from human resources analyst to a human resources manager and director, including time as a human resources corporate director for a large healthcare system. Luis also served as CEO of three major hospitals in Puerto Rico.

Luis was born and raised in Luquillo, a small town located on the east coast of Puerto Rico. Luis is part of a very large family, many of which are healthcare professionals starting with his mother and father, both general physicians. Luis’ four siblings are also physicians.  He has been married for 23 years and has two children; a 20 year old son and a 17 year old daughter.

Before becoming a Hospital CEO, Luis was a professional basketball player for 20 years and was part of the Puerto Rico National Basketball Team for 10 years. While representing his country Puerto Rico, he participated in multiple goodwill games, multiple world championships and many other FIBA Tournaments.

Luis is looking forward to leading the Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Miami Team for many years to come.

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Lourdes Nunez
Lourdes Nunez

Medical Director

Lourdes Nunez, M.D. is a family practitioner and the medical director at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Miami.

Lourdes Nunez, M.D. is a family practitioner and the medical director at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Miami, formerly HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Miami. She also maintains a family medicine practice for outpatients at her Kendall office on 120th Street. Dr. Nunez has been on staff at Encompass Health since 2000. Her presence in the facility has brought a competent and calming component to her patients, family members and staff.

Dr. Nunez received her medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She completed her internship and residency in family practice at the Good Samaritan Regional Medical in Phoenix, Arizona.

Dr. Nunez’s approach is gentle, but thorough. She is a proponent of preventative measures for optimum health and open-minded to alternative healthcare practices.

Dr. Nunez is an independent private practice physician.

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Luis E. Aguiar
Luis E. Aguiar, FMD, RN, MHSA, LHCRM

Business Development Director

Luis is the director of business development at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Miami. Luis has more than 25 years.

Luis is the director of business development at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Miami. Luis has more than 25 years of progressive healthcare experience working in an array of positions, including: medical doctor, director of case management, clinical marketing liaison, admissions liaison and director of business development and marketing operations. His skills and expertise include the areas of clinical protocols, regulatory requirements, hospital operations, marketing and communication, admissions processes including census pull through and technology management. Luis is accustomed to collaborating with various departments to obtain desired goals and maintain efficient and effective processes.

Luis has received multiple recognition awards for Encompass Health Corporation in his role as business development director. During his tenure at Encompass Health, he worked alongside the hospital’s CEO and corporate senior management team on capital budgets and helped lead the hospital’s pre-admission department to exceed the annual budget.

He holds a medical doctorate specializing in internal medicine and neurosurgery, and a master’s in social communication. Luis is also a registered nurse, certified rehabilitation registered nurse, licensed healthcare risk manager and holds a master’s in health care services administration.

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Carrie Espinel
Carrie Espinel

Director of Human Resources

Carrie Espinel holds a master’s in human resources and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR, SHRM-SCM).

Carrie Espinel holds a master’s in human resources and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR, SHRM-SCM). Carrie is an active member of many prominent HR organizations including the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) both on the national and local level, The National Association of Hispanic Woman in Human Resources (NAHWHR) and HR Alliance where she also served as a board member for 5 years.

Carrie previously served as the director of human resources for a large nonprofit organization in Miami Dade and Broward County from 2011 to 2018.  With over two decades of experience with many aspects of the human resource field, ranging from human capital management where she began her career as an HR consultant, to strategic thinking and planning and change management, which comprise the balance of her work today.

During her career Carrie has worked with HCA hospitals and the Department of Juvenile Justice. Her areas of expertise include recruitment, recruitment marketing, employee recognition, staffing, operations, employee recognition, compensation and performance management.

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Maite Magueregui
Maite Magueregui MS, CCC-SLP

Director of Therapy Operations

Maite joined the Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Miami as speech therapy team leader in September 2014.

Maite joined the Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Miami as speech therapy team leader in September 2014. Maite has a bachelor’s degree in exceptional student education from Florida International University and a master’s degree in speech-language pathology from Nova Southeastern University. She began her career as a speech-language pathologist in an inpatient rehabilitation hospital and skilled nursing facility with a specific interest in swallowing disorders. She is now certified and highly skilled in VitalStim therapy and has completed numerous continuation education courses in dysphagia management.

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Rafael Alvarez Luis
Rafael Alvarez Luis, ARNP, RN, CRRN, MSN

Chief Nursing Officer

Rafael Alvarez Luis is the chief nursing officer at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Miami.

Rafael Alvarez Luis is the chief nursing officer at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Miami. He has more than 10 years of acute care nursing experience and has worked in several nursing positions during his career at Encompass Health Miami. Rafael received his MSN and ARNP from the Universidad de Turabo in Puerto Rico and is a member of the National ARNP Association Board. He was appointed as the CNO of HealthSouth Miami in 2018 and has been optimal in assisting with organizational change, performance measurement, quality and process improvement, patient safety and group facilitation.

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Jose Zambrana
Jose Zambrana

Controller

Jose is a certified public accountant with more than 18 years of progressive financial and accounting experience.

Jose is a certified public accountant with more than 18 years of progressive financial and accounting experience. He is also an attorney admitted to practice law in Puerto Rico’s state and federal courts. Prior to joining Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Miami, Jose was international controller for a Miami-based insurance company. From 2012 to 2014, Jose held his own law and accounting practice, where he represented clients in torts, labor law matters, contracts, collections and social security disability cases. He also provided accounting services such as audit, tax advisory and other attestation and consulting services for his clients. Jose is a former vice-president and controller for MAPFRE Life Insurance Company, where he was in charge of supervising all the finance and accounting activities for more than 13 insurance products. Prior to joining MAPFRE, Jose was the director of fiscal affairs for the Puerto Rico Health Insurance Administration, where he was in charge of managing the accounting department as well as the $1.4 billion budget of the state health insurance plan, which was sponsored by the government.

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