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At Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota, we are committed to helping you regain independence after a life-changing illness or injury. Located in Sarasota, 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

96 Beds

Televisions

Telephones

Free WiFi

Courtyard

Cafeteria

Interpreter services

Spanish translators available

Tours available

Support groups

Pet friendly

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.

Spinal Cord Rehabilitation

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

Take a virtual tour

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.
  • Two hallways lead away from lobby to other areas of the hospital.
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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.
  • Piano in corner.
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  • Desk in hospital area for nurses to document in patient area.
  • Four hallways lead away from the desk to other areas of the hospital.
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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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  • Outdoor gazebo area for rest and relaxation with benches,
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  • Activities of daily living suite is a recreated bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom area to simulate activities of daily life for patients to practice before they return home.
  • Bedroom has bed, nightstand, and small desk and chair.
  • Kitchen has small table and chairs, standard kitchen appliances and sink.
  • Bathroom has a shower, sink, and toilet.

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Leadership and staff

Marcus Braz
Marcus Braz

Chief Executive Officer

Marcus joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota, formerly HealthSouth, in 2010.

Marcus joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota, formerly HealthSouth, in 2010. He is responsible for the hospital's day-to-day operations. Prior to his time at Encompass Health Sarasota, Marcus served in leadership roles at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sunrise and several leadership roles at St. Lucie Medical Center on the east coast of Florida for 14 years. Marcus completed his undergraduate studies at Stonehill College in Massachusetts, received his master's degree at Arcadia University as well as a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Temple University.

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Alexander DeJesus M.D.
Alexander DeJesus, M.D.

Medical Director

Dr. DeJesus is medical director and chief medical officer at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota, formerly HealthSouth.

Dr. DeJesus is medical director and chief medical officer at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota, formerly HealthSouth. A graduate of Harvard University, Dr. DeJesus completed his medical studies at Rutgers University Medical School. He went on to perform two internships in surgery at Staten Island Hospital in New York. Additionally, Dr. DeJesus completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at New York University’s Rusk Institute. He is certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and twice has been awarded Medical Director of the Year by Encompass Health.

* The hospital provides access to independent physicians.

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Barbara Bierut
Barbara Bierut

Controller

Barb has more than 25 years of accounting leadership experience.

Barb has more than 25 years of accounting leadership experience. She earned her bachelor's degree in accounting from State University of New York at Buffalo, a master's degree in accounting from Nova Southeastern University and holds an active Florida CPA license. Barb is a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

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Debra Burns
Debra Burns

Director of Quality and Risk Management

Debra is a registered nurse and certified case manager who has held healthcare leadership positions for more than 30 years.
Debra Burns is a registered nurse and certified case manager with extensive experience. She’s held healthcare leadership positions for more than 30 years in both acute care hospitals and public sector environments. Debra holds a Bachelor of Science degree in healthcare leadership from National Louis University. Originally from Illinois, Debra has resided in Sarasota since 1988.
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Mage Devera
Magelie Devera

Chief Nursing Officer

Mage brings more than 26 years of experience in healthcare to Encompass Health Sarasota.
Mage is a certified medical-surgical registered nurse with more than 26 years of experience in healthcare including acute care, outpatient settings and academic. Prior to joining Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, Mage served in leadership roles at acute care hospitals in Georgia and Florida. Mage completed her undergraduate studies at Lyceum Northwestern University and received her master’s degree at La Salette University. 
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Marivee Jerome
Marivee Jerome

Director of Human Resources

Marivee joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota, formerly HealthSouth, in 2007.

Marivee joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota, formerly HealthSouth, in 2007. She has 10 years of human resources experience with a strong emphasis in employee relations, recruitment and project management. Marivee is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) as well as the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA). Marivee is a Florida native and received her bachelor's degree in business from the University of Phoenix. Marivee is married and has two daughters.

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Ginger Mace
Ginger Mace

Business Development Director

Ginger has more than 30 years of healthcare marketing experience.

Ginger has more than 30 years of healthcare marketing experience. Prior to joining the Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, team, she served as the vice president of marketing for the HCA West Florida Division. In her VP role, she was responsible for marketing and public relations for the 16 hospitals in the West Florida Division and the call center in Ft. Myers. During her tenure with HCA, she consistently grew marketshare and led the development of the HCA West Florida brand identity. She created numerous successful marketing campaigns, including the emergency room billboard wait time campaign. She is a native Floridian and a graduate of Eckerd College. Ginger and her husband Bob reside in Bradenton.

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Matt Shouse
Matt Shouse

Director of Therapy Operations

Matt is a licensed physical therapist who joined Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, as the director of therapy operations in 2015.

Matt is a licensed physical therapist who joined Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, as the director of therapy operations in 2015. Prior to joining Encompass Health, he began as a staff therapist and was promoted to rehabilitation supervisor at St. Lucie Medical Center, where he was employed for 15 years. Matt has an bachelor's degree in food and nutrition from Florida State University and a master's degree in physical therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. Matt is a member of The American Physical Therapy Association and is an Orthopaedic Certified Specialist in Physical Therapy. Matt is married to Gina and has two sons, Kaeden and Caleb.

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