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At Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Altamonte Springs, we are committed to helping you regain independence after a life-changing illness or injury. Located in Altamonte Springs, we serve the Orlando area 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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Superior amenities at our hospitals

Televisions

Telephones

Free WiFi

Courtyard

Interpreter services

Tours available

60 Beds

Cafeteria

Nonsmoking

Private rooms

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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.

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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.

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.
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  • Rectangular courtyard surrounded by brick wall and trees.
  • Multiple raised flower beds.
  • bench seating along the path.
  • Gazebo with a grill off the the side of it.
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  • Entrance to the cafeteria that is connected to the hallway.
  • Small square tables and chairs for dining.
  • Large tables and chairs for dining by windows.
  • Hot and cold buffet style food bars.
  • Fountain drink and hot drink machines available in cafeteria.
  • Station with plasticware, straws and napkins.
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  • Small square tables with chairs in view of windows outside on one side and on the other side windows in view of the nurse's station.
  • Doorway leading to hallway.
  • Open room with the nurse's station and the dayroom spreated by a wall with windows.
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  • Therapy room with various equipment and technology such as parallel bars.
  • Therapy beds line walls for individual therapy sessions.
  • Windows lining wall.

Leadership and staff

Michael Thomas
Michael Thomas

Chief Executive Officer

Michael brings more than 12 years of healthcare management expertise to Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Altamonte Springs, formerly HealthSouth Altamonte.

Michael brings more than 12 years of healthcare management expertise to Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Altamonte Springs, formerly HealthSouth Altamonte. He has held various leadership positions throughout his career in areas including outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation, home health and hospice as well as acute care. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, a master's degree in business administration through Aspen University and a doctorate degree from the University of St. Augustine Health Science Center.


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Eliam Fuentes Tirado
Eliam Fuentes-Tirado, M.D., DABPMR

Medical Director

Dr. Fuentes has worked at Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth Altamonte Springs since its opening in 2014.

Dr. Fuentes has worked at Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth Altamonte Springs since its opening in 2014. He earned his medical degree at Universidad Central del Caribe in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, and completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Case Western Reserve University and MetroHealth Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio, in Cleveland. He is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and serves as an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Fuentes provides comprehensive rehabilitative care for stroke, movement disorders, and neuromuscular pathologies, among other medical conditions. He has privileges at other hospitals in the community where he enjoys sharing the field of rehabilitation.

* The hospital provides access to independent physicians.

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Sarah Burkhardt
SARAH BURKHARDT

Director of Quality and Risk Management

Sarah Burkhardt, the director of quality and risk management, has been with Encompass Health Altamonte Springs since its opening in 2014.
Sarah Burkhardt has been with Encompass Health, formally HealthSouth, Rehabilitation Hospital of Altamonte Springs since its opening in 2014. She joined Encompass Health as the lead physical therapist and has also previously served as hospital educator and infection preventionist. Sarah holds her Bachelor of Health Science and Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Florida. Sarah was born and raised in Central Florida and enjoys being able to serve the community through her experience in rehabilitation.
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Ashely Collier
Ashley Collier, MHA, RHIA

Director of Health Information Management

Ashley is the director of health information management services and the hospital HIPAA officer at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Altamonte Springs.

Ashley is the director of health information management services and the hospital HIPAA officer at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Altamonte Springs. She has more than 10 years of experience in the health information management field including OB/GYN and acute inpatient rehabilitation settings. She joined Encompass Health in 2010 after having worked at Encompass Health Treasure Coast Rehabilitation Hospital in Vero Beach, Fla. and at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital at Martin Health in Stuart, Fla. Ashley is a graduate of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University with a Bachelor of Science in health information management and a graduate of Louisiana State University Shreveport with a master’s degree in health administration. She is an active member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and is a certified Registered Health Information Management Administrator (RHIA). Her volunteer activities include being a Seminole State College School of Health Information Technology Advisory Committee member and a Remington College Health Information Management/Health Information Technology Program Advisory Committee member.

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Matt Dieter
Matthew Dieter, PHARM.D

Director of Pharmacy

Matthew Dieter is the director of pharmacy for Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth Altamonte Springs.

Matthew Dieter is the director of pharmacy for Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth Altamonte Springs. He has been with HealthSouth since 2006 and has more than 20 years of experience in the hospital pharmacy setting; including inpatient rehabilitation, long-term acute care and small community hospitals in Orlando, Gainesville, and southwest Florida. His professional interests and specialties include the areas of infectious disease, anticoagulation and nutrition. Matt earned his doctorate of pharmacy degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla. He is a member of FSHP (Florida Society of Health-System Pharmacists). Matt's goal is to provide comprehensive, quality care to the patients he serves.

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Sarah Metzler
SARAH METZLER

Director of Human Resources

Sarah brings more than 12 years of human resources experience to her position at Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth Altamonte Springs.

Sarah brings more than 12 years of human resources experience to her position at Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth Altamonte Springs. Prior to joining Encompass Health in October 2016, she served in various human resources leadership roles within the hospitality industry and department of defense contracting. Sarah oversees all areas of human resources, such as recruitment, retention, regulatory compliance, compensation and benefits. She is an active member of SHRM (Society of Human Resources Management) and holds her Senior Professional in Human Resources certification.

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Samuel Minehart
SAMUEL MINEHART

Controller

Sam is the controller for Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altamonte Springs.

Sam is the controller for Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altamonte Springs. He has more than 20 years of experience in financial and business operations within the healthcare industry, most recently for the nation’s leader in retail healthcare services. Prior to that, he worked as a controller for Encompass Health Western Hills Rehabilitation Hospital in Parkersburg, W.Va.

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Stephanie Morrell
STEPHANIE MORRELL RN-BC, MSN/LM, CRRN

Chief Nursing Officer

Stephanie is the chief nursing officer (CNO) at Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altamonte Springs.

Stephanie is the chief nursing officer (CNO) at Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altamonte Springs. Stephanie has 24 years of experience in healthcare; including an in-depth clinical background in cardiology, orthopedics, med-surg, and pediatrics. She has spent the past 16 years in hospital administration and served as the CNO of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Southwest Virginia prior to moving to Florida. Stephanie has a certification in medical surgical nursing through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is a Certified Registered Rehabilitation Nurse. She received her Bachelor of Science in nursing through East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee, and Master of Science in nursing with a management leadership focus from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Candy Schoenle
CANDY SCHOENLE

Administrative Supervisor

Candy is the administrative supervisor and medical staff coordinator at Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altamonte Springs.

Candy is the administrative supervisor and medical staff coordinator at Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altamonte Springs. Candy joined Encompass Health in April, 2014. Her background consists of over 26 years experience in office management, events planning and fundraising. Candy has been a notary republic for over 20 years and was an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Her volunteer activities include serving as president of the Lilac TWIG Association.

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Tom Schoenle
TOM SCHOENLE

Director of Plant Operations

Tom Schoenle, director of plant operations, joined Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth in April of 2013, opening the new Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital at Martin Health in Stuart, Fla.<

Tom Schoenle, director of plant operations, joined Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth in April of 2013, opening the new Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital at Martin Health in Stuart, Fla. He transferred in May 2014 to Altamonte Springs to open this hospital. Tom has more than 24 years’ experience in plant operations in an acute care hospital as well as seven years experience working in a geriatric psychological hospital in New York. Tom graduated from Erie Community College in Buffalo N.Y. with an Associate of Science in building management and maintenance. Tom is a member of the American Society of Healthcare Engineers as well as a member of the Florida Healthcare Engineering Association.

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Susanna Stuart
SUSANNA STUART

Certified Director of Case Management

Susanna has more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare field.
Susanna Stuart joined the Encompass Health Altamonte Springs team from our San Antonio Encompass location. She come to us with more than 25 years of experience in the healthcare field. Susie served eight years active duty and an additional four years in the reserves in healthcare for the U.S. Air Force before getting her bachelor’s degree in nursing at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She has a background in spinal cord injury rehabilitation as a nurse in the Veterans Administration as well as a background in acute care. She has been in case management for more than eight years.
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