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Welcome to our hospital

At Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Treasure Coast, we are committed to helping you regain independence after a life-changing illness or injury. Located in Vero Beach, we serve the Treasure Coast as a leading provider of inpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology for stroke, brain 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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What to expect

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Superior amenities at our hospitals

Televisions

Telephones

Free WiFi

Courtyard

80 Beds

Nonsmoking

Interpreter services

Cafeteria

Day room

Tours available

Support groups

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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.

Brain Injury Rehabilitation

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

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.
  • There is a coffee station along the main hallway leading away from the lobby.
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  • Multiple tables and chairs for patients, visitors, and family to sit together.
  • Television with chairs available for use.
  • Counter with sink next to bookcase with books to borrow.
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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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  • Outdoor area for rest and relaxation with multiple tables and chairs/benches.
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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 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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  • 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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  • Exterior view of hospital building’s sign from the street or parking lot.
  • Parking lot for patients and visitors adjacent to hospital building.

Hospital happenings

Happy belated Halloween! Our employees celebrated today by dressing up in their costumes.

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Leadership and staff

Mike Morrical
MICHAEL MORRICAL

Chief Executive Officer

Mike has served as chief executive officer for Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Treasure Coast since December 2020.

Mike has served as chief executive officer for Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Treasure Coast since December 2020. For 18 years prior to assuming the role of chief executive officer, Mike served in various senior leadership roles in acute care hospital systems. Most recently, he served as president of a tertiary acute care hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. Mike earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and his master’s degree in health administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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Jimmy Lockhart
JIMMY LOCKHART, M.D.

Medical Director

Dr. Jimmy Lockhart is the chief medical officer and medical director at Encompass Health Treasure Coast Rehabilitation Hospital.

Dr. Jimmy Lockhart is the chief medical officer and medical director at Encompass Health Treasure Coast Rehabilitation Hospital. A graduate of Meharry Medical College, Dr. Lockhart completed his physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at Louisiana State University in New Orleans. He is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Lockhart is an independent private practice physician.

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Suzie Aldrich
SUSAN ALDRICH

Director of Therapy Operations

Susie specializes in rehabilitation services and has a passion for education. 
Susie graduated from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy. An experienced manager and clinician, she has worked in acute inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, acute care hospitals, outpatient services and in a skilled nursing facility. Susie specializes in rehabilitation services and has a passion for education. 
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Dawn Bucaj
DAWN BUCAJ, RN, BSN

Business Development Director

Dawn has more than 25 years of progressive experience in clinical healthcare management expertise with focus in the areas of business development, marketing and physician relations.

Dawn has more than 25 years of progressive experience in clinical healthcare management expertise with focus in the areas of business development, marketing and physician relations. A graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, Dawn began her career in the operating room and recovery room which she enjoyed for many years, providing direct patient care. Dawn serves as the director of business development overseeing all aspects of marketing and admission operations. She has been employed with Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital since 2014. Dawn is a member of the Florida Organization of Nurse Executives.

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Kevin Hardy
KEVIN HARDY

Chief Financial Officer

Kevin serves as the chief financial officer for Encompass Health Treasure Coast Rehabilitation Hospital.

Kevin serves as the chief financial officer for Encompass Health Treasure Coast Rehabilitation Hospital. He has more than 23 years of progressive financial and administrative experience ranging from large, for-profit medical-surgical and specialty hospitals, to both large and small nonprofit community health systems where he was responsible for all the financial reporting, regulatory reporting, and facility operational management reporting and control. While at Encompass Health Treasure Coast, Kevin has held the positions of controller, regional controller and, briefly, was responsible for the operational duties as interim administrator. He graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

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Lisa Kuh
LISA KUH

Chief Nursing Officer

Lisa joined Encompass Health Treasure Coast in October, 2007 as a licensed practical nurse with both acute care and rehabilitation background.

Lisa joined Encompass Health Treasure Coast in October, 2007 as a licensed practical nurse with both acute care and rehabilitation background. Lisa is a long time resident of Vero Beach and a local graduate of Indian River State College where she earned her associate degree in nursing. She is a certified rehabilitation registered nurse and completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing and master’s degree in nursing leadership from Western Governors University.

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Karrie Mutterback
KARRIE MUTTERBACK

Director of Case Management

Karrie has been employed at Encompass Health Southern Hills since May 2011.

Karrie has been employed at Encompass Health Southern Hills since May 2011. She has more than 14 years of case management experience, with focus in the areas of discharge planning, utilization review, ethics, and patient advocacy. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Greensboro College, she began her career in the social work field. Karrie is a licensed social worker in the state of West Virginia.

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Mary Jean Palmer
MARY-JEAN PALMER, RN, MS, HACP, CPHQ, LHRM

Quality Risk Management Director

Mary-Jean's nursing career started in psychiatric nursing at Ellis Hospital.

Mary-Jean grew up on a dairy farm in Cooperstown, NY. She attended Cooperstown Central School and completed her RN training at Ellis Hospital School of Nursing. She received her bachelor degree from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY and a master's degree from Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz.

Mary-Jean's nursing career started in psychiatric nursing at Ellis Hospital. After moving to Arizona, she was employed as a corporate nurse before joining Good Samaritan Medical Center in outpatient, acute hemodialysis, renal/transplant. She has also served as the Director of Quality Management for Kindred Hospital in Ontario, Calif.

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Deidra Watts
DEIDRA WATTS

Human Resources Director

Deidra brings 27 years of human resource experience to Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Treasure Coast with the last eight years being in healthcare.

Deidra brings 27 years of human resource experience to Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Treasure Coast with the last eight years being in healthcare. Before joining Encompass Health Treasure Coast she served as a regional HR business partner for a home health company. Deidra is current attending SNHU to obtain her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in human resources.

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Donald Watts
DONALD WATTS

Plant Operations Director

Donald Watts joined the Encompass Health team in May 2015.

Donald Watts joined the Encompass Health team in May 2015. Donald brings more than 20 years of facilities and safety experience to the Treasure Coast hospital with the last twelve years in a director’s position. He studied business management at Sullivan college in Kentucky and is a veteran of the United States Navy with multiple sea deployments on the aircraft carrier USS Constellation CV-64. After getting out of the US military in 1999 he started his career in healthcare.

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