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Welcome to our hospital

At Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Abilene, we are committed to helping you regain independence after a life-changing illness or injury. Located in Abilene, we serve the Texas Midwest as a leading provider of inpatient rehabilitation for stroke, hip fracture, 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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Superior amenities at our hospitals

60 Private rooms

Telephones

Televisions

Pet friendly

Interpreter services

Free WiFi

Student observation hours

Volunteers

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Accreditation

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.

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.

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.

  • Driveway patient accessible entrance leading to sliding front doors.
  • Sliding doors leading to reception desk and hallway.
  • Patient seating available on both sides of entrance doors.
  • Reception desk and hallways leading to the rest of the hospital.
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  • Open room with the nurse's station and hallways leading off.
  • Seating area with a scale and windows.
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  • Large tables and chairs for dining.
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  • Therapy room with various equipment and technology such as parallel bars.
  • Therapy beds line walls for individual therapy sessions.
  • REAL Therapy driving simulation.
  • Therapy room with various equipment and technology against the wall.
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  • Kitchenette with stove, refrigerator, sink, microwave, toaster oven and cabinets.
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  • Therapy room with various equipment and technology such as parallel bars.
  • Therapy bed for individual therapy sessions.
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  • Single patient bed with nightstand and large window.
  • Alcove with couch and chairs for sitting with picture on wall and large window.
  • Desks with chairs and cork board and a safe on desktop.
  • Closet space between two desktop workstations.
  • Sink opposite of desk workspace.
  • Bathroom with toilet, shower and accessibility seats and door for privacy.
  • Doorway leading to hall.
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  • Single patient bed with nightstand and large window.
  • Alcove with couch and chairs for sitting with picture on wall and large window.
  • Desks with chairs and cork board and a safe on desktop.
  • Closet space between two desktop workstations.
  • Sink opposite of desk workspace.
  • Bathroom with toilet, shower and accessibility seats and door for privacy.
  • Doorway leading to hall.
  |  
  • Single patient bed with nightstand and large window.
  • Alcove with couch and chairs for sitting with picture on wall and large window.
  • Desks with chairs and cork board and a safe on desktop.
  • Closet space between two desktop workstations.
  • Sink opposite of desk workspace.
  • Bathroom with toilet, shower and accessibility seats and door for privacy.
  • Doorway leading to hall.

Leadership and staff

 

Monica H Wichner D.O.
Monica H. Wichner, D.O.

Medical Director

Monica H. Wichner, D.O. is a board certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist.

Monica H. Wichner, D.O. is a board certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist. She earned her medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic medicine. She completed her residency at Rush St. Luke’s Presbyterian Medical Center in Chicago.

* The hospital provides access to independent physicians.

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Allison Johnson
Allison Johnson

Human Resources Director

Allison has worked in human resources with Encompass Health Abilene since February of 2017.

Allison has worked in human resources with Encompass Health Abilene since February of 2017. Allison earned her BBA from Abilene Christian University and is currently pursuing an MBA from the University of Texas at Tyler. Allison is committed to excellent customer service and serving others in the community.

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Robert Krackenfels
Robert Krackenfels

Director of Plant Operations

Robert brings more than 25 years of professional experience ranging from acute and long-term care facilities to operating as a master inspector for Lockheed Martin for many years.

Robert brings more than 25 years of professional experience ranging from acute and long-term care facilities to operating as a master inspector for Lockheed Martin for many years. Proficient in both local and state agency guidelines, Robert has played a major role in leading companies to successful Joint Commission accreditations. Robert has been a resident in the Abilene area for more than 42 years and has made numerous contributions throughout the community.

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Porsche Muszar
Porsche Muszar

Director of Case Management

Porsche is a registered nurse and board-certified case manager with 24 years of experience.

Porsche is a registered nurse and board-certified case manager with 24 years of experience. She has worked in the primary, acute, and post-acute care areas, as well as in both home health and outpatient disease management. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington, and is currently pursuing a master's degree in nursing administration. Porsche and the case management team focus on meeting the ongoing healthcare needs of the patient and their families from admission to discharge and beyond, to ensure a continuum of quality care and improved patient outcomes.

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Luke Palmer
Luke Palmer

Director of Therapy Operations

Luke began his role as the director of therapy operation in January of 2017.

Luke began his role as the director of therapy operation in January of 2017. Luke earned his doctorate degree in physical therapy from Hardin-Simmons University, as well as his bachelor's degree in biology. Luke has a wide array of physical therapy experience in settings such as inpatient rehabilitation, home health, and long term care. Luke strives to promote a therapy community that utilizes quality care and evidenced-based techniques to improve patient outcomes.

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Shelby Swinney
Shelby Swinney

Business Development Director

Shelby began her career with Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital, formerly HealthSouth, in 2016 as a marketing liaison in Midland, Texas.

Shelby began her career with Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital, formerly HealthSouth, in 2016 as a marketing liaison in Midland, Texas. She was quickly promoted to senior liaison in Midland and later to business development director in Abilene. She graduated from Texas Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in biology and has fifteen years of marketing experience in healthcare including pharmaceutical sales, home health and hospice. She has a true passion for sales and marketing as well as helping the community.

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Daniel Yeh
Daniel Yeh

Director of Quality

Daniel is a fellowship trained healthcare executive that specializes in process improvement and strategy in post-acute care hospitals.

Daniel is a fellowship trained healthcare executive that specializes in process improvement and strategy in post-acute care hospitals. Daniel holds a master’s degree in healthcare management from the University of Texas at Dallas. Daniel is green belt certified in lean six sigma and he is also a certified baldrige examiner.

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