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Welcome to our hospital

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

126 Beds

Televisions

Telephones

Free WiFi

Courtyard

Pet friendly

Interpreter services

Spanish translators available

Tours available

Support groups

Volunteers

Student observation hours

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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.

Hip Fracture Rehabilitation

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

Brain Injury Rehabilitation

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

Spinal Cord Rehabilitation

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

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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.
  • Hallway leading to rest of 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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  • Shared patient room with two beds, sink, bathroom, TV and chairs for visitors.
  • Two wardrobes for storage.
  • Nightstands are placed next to each bed with a curtain to divide room between patient beds.
  • Window with exterior view.
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  • Outdoor area for rest and relaxation with multiple tables and chairs/benches.
  • Walking track with small stairs for building patient endurance.
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  • Activities of daily living suite is a recreated bedroom and kitchen area to simulate activities of daily life for patients to practice before they return home.
  • Bedroom has bed, nightstand, and wardrobe.
  • Kitchen has small table and chairs, standard kitchen appliances and sink.

Hospital happenings

We celebrated Leslie Leibowitz and her 30+ year nursing career. Leslie has been a CRRN nurse manager for six years at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sunrise. She will be missed by us all, and we wish her the best in her next chapter of life. Happy Retirement Leslie!

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Leslie

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Kelly is 29 years old and came to Encompass Health Sunrise for her comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation program. She is seen here visiting with Molly, our wonderful therapy dog. Molly is specially trained to provide affection, support and comfort to patients like Kelly. Thank you, Molly, for always being here for us at Encompass Health!

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Molly

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Marina Condurelis was excited to try out her the new EksoRn with her physical therapist, Karla Santis Diaz! The EksoNR is the next generation gait-assist, lower-body powered exoskeleton for physical and neurorehabilitation by Ekso Bionics. It assists with gait training and ambulation for patients after having a stroke, brain injury or spinal cord injury.

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Marina Condurelis

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Stephanie came to Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sunrise to recover from COVID-19-related pneumonia and a resulting stroke. She enjoyed filming her progress to share with her family back in Turks and Caicos. On admission, she required substantial assistance for all functional tasks and by discharge she left walking without a walker and could complete daily activities independently. Way to go Stephanie!

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Stephanie

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Our team works hard to get our patients back to the actives that are important to them. For Diana, that was walking her beloved dog. Thanks to Lauren, Diana got lots of practice during therapy and hopefully will be home soon walking her pup.

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Our team works hard to get our patients back to the actives that are important to them.

Hospital happenings

Fredy Vazquez enjoyed the sunny weather in South Florida with his occupational therapist while participating in some outdoor yoga, meditation and relaxation to manage pain.

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Fredy Vazquez enjoyed the sunny weather in South Florida with his occupational therapist while participating in some outdoor yoga,

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At Encompass Health Sunrise, we are happy to have been able to care and support our patients this past year in the COVID-19 unit.

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At Encompass Health Sunrise, we are happy to have been able to care and support our patients this past year in the COVID-19 unit.

Hospital happenings

Our Brain Injury team leads Stacy Williams, IP manager, and Vicente Cavalida, senior physical therapist, presented articles of evidence-based research on how exercise positively effects cognition. Then they tested the research with hospital staff. Participants got to see how an exercise program positively affected their own cognition after exercise.

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Our Brain Injury team leads Stacy Williams, IP manager, and Vicente Cavalida, senior physical therapist, presented articles of evidence-based research on how exercise positively effects cognition.

Hospital happenings

Nursing Supervisor Audrey Stoddart takes a moment to review the book selection of the month, “If Disney Ran Your Hospital,” in our new administrative waiting room.

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Nursing Supervisor Audrey Stoddart takes a moment to review the book selection of the month, “If Disney Ran Your Hospital,” in our new administrative waiting room.

Hospital happenings

Please join us in congratulating Jack Mechas for his new journey in retirement. As Jack said goodbye to our team, he shared, "I leave this profession with a heart full of gratitude, knowing that every day I was able to help people improve their lives.” Congratulations, Jack!

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Please join us in congratulating Jack Mechas for his new journey in retirement.

Leadership and staff

Scott Tannenbaum
Scott Tannenbaum, MD, PM&R

Medical Director

Dr. Tannenbaum has served as the hospital’s medical director since 1995.

Dr. Tannenbaum has served as the hospital’s medical director since 1995. He maintains a private practice within the hospital and is an attending physician at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sunrise. Dr. Tannenbaum received an undergraduate degree in biology from Brandeis University and graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and a fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Tannenbaum is an independent private practice physician.

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Colleen Abad
Colleen M. Abad, RPH-CPH

Director of Pharmacy

Colleen joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sunrise in 2006, bringing 20 years of experience in the acute care hospital setting.

Colleen joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sunrise in 2006, bringing 20 years of experience in the acute care hospital setting. Colleen graduated from The Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences with a bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical science. Colleen plays an integral role in the hospital’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, the medication management system and medication reconciliation compliance. Colleen and her staff are dedicated to assuring patient medication safety.

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Lynette Avelar
LYNETTE AVELAR, BSBA

Controller

Lynette joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sunrise in February 2018 as accounting manager.

Lynette joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sunrise in February 2018 as accounting manager and was promoted to controller in 2022. Lynette has 20 years of acute care hospital financial leadership experience. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Nova Southeastern University.

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Jill Lodowski
Jill Lodowski, MS, CCC-SLP

Business Development Director

Jill has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare.

Jill has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare with a focus in the area of business development, physician relations, pharmaceutical sales and marketing as well as speech-language pathology.  She earned both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree degree in communication disorders from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas. Jill has over 10 years of leadership experience and is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

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Evelyn Luciano
EVELYN LUCIANO MA, BSN, RN, LMHC, NCC, CCCM

Director of Case Management

Evelyn joined Encompass Health Sunrise in January 2022 as director of case management.

Evelyn joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sunrise in January 2022 as the director of case management. She has broad experience in several areas of healthcare. Her experience in the areas of cultural competence and mental health bring a unique asset to her role. Evelyn holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing, a master's degree in counseling psychology and is a certified case manager. Her goal as a leader is to work collaboratively with the collective Encompass Health team to maximize outcomes and provide a positive experience for patients.

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Angela Manning
Angela Manning

Hospital HIPAA Officer

Angela has been employed at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sunrise for 24 years as the HIPAA officer and health information management services director.

Angela has been employed at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sunrise for 24 years as the HIPAA officer and health information management services director. A Fort Lauderdale native, she graduated from Miami Dade College. Angela is a registered health information technician and a member of the American Health Information Management Association.

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Mildred Oge
Mildred Oge

Chief Nursing Officer

Mildred joined Encompass Health in July 2021.

Mildred joined Encompass Health in July 2021. She came to us with more than 15 years of nursing experience, with a clinical background in critical care. She has held various clinical and leadership roles including associate chief nursing officer at a local acute care hospital. Mildred holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Florida International University and a master’s degree in nurse leadership from George Washington University. She also holds a specialty certification in nurse executive leadership.

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Evelinda Serrano
EVELINDA SERRANO, MHS

Director of Quality & Risk

Evelinda is an experienced healthcare leader with more than 20 years in the healthcare field.

Evelinda is an experienced healthcare leader with more than 20 years in the healthcare field. She is experienced in quality and risk management, patient safety and administrative/operations management. Evelinda earned a bachelor's degree in healthcare administration and a master's degree in healthcare sciences with a concentration in leadership. She is a licensed healthcare risk manager with the state of Florida and a member of the American College Healthcare Executives.

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Lisa Tepper Shearer
Lisa Tepper Shearer

Human Resources Director

Lisa is a seasoned healthcare and hospital human resources professional.

Lisa is a seasoned healthcare and hospital human resources professional offering an array of skills in employee relations, benefits, talent management, employee satisfaction, event planning and labor relations. She holds professional certifications from the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM-CP) and the Human Resources Certification Institute (PHR). Lisa earned a master’s degree in health management from St. Thomas University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida. Lisa’s first job out of college in 1996 was at Sunrise Rehabilitation Hospital as a certified recreational therapist.

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Stacy Thomashaw
Stacy Thomashaw, MA, CCC-SLP, BRS-S, CBIS

Director of Therapy Operations

Stacy is a Board-Certified Swallowing Specialist (BCS-S) and a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS).

Stacy joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sunrise in September 2005. Stacy has more than 16 years of experience as a licensed speech language pathologist and more than 10 years of clinical leadership experience. Stacy is a graduate from the University of Central Florida, with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts d in communicative disorders. Stacy is a Board-Certified Swallowing Specialist (BCS-S) and a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS). She is a national educator on many clinical specialty topics. Additionally, Stacy has numerous clinical publications.

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Dennis Wachtel
Dennis Wachtel

Director of Plant Operations

Dennis has more than 30 years of hospital operations management experience including plant operations, materials management and safety.

Dennis joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Sunrise in 2020. Dennis has more than 30 years of hospital operations management experience including plant operations, materials management and safety. Prior to joining Encompass, Dennis was the regional director of facilities for a long term acute care company in the Miami area.

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