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At Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Erie, we are committed to helping you regain independence after a life-changing illness or injury. Serving Erie and the surrounding areas, we are a leading provider of inpatient rehabilitation after stroke and 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

108 Beds

Televisions

Telephones

Free WiFi

Courtyard

Service animals allowed

Student observation hours

Interpreter services

Spanish translators available

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.

Hospital happenings

Encompass Health Erie employees constructed a picnic table for donation to Presque Isle State Park and presented it to the park ranger and staff during National Rehabilitation Awareness Week.

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Hospital happenings

This Mother's Day we celebrated by giving carnations to both patients and employees.

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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.

  • Large tables and chairs for dining.
  • Small round tables and chairs for dining.
  • Television and artwork on walls.
  • Vending machines for drinks and snacks.
  • 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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  • Therapy room with various equipment and technology such as parallel bars.
  • Therapy beds line walls for individual therapy sessions.
  • Room divided in to two therapy spaces.
  • Windows lining wall.
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  • Therapy room with various equipment and technology such as parallel bars.
  • Therapy beds line walls for individual therapy sessions.
  • Room divided in to two therapy spaces.
  • Windows lining wall.
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  • Room with couches and chairs to sit.
  • Upright piano against wall.
  • Doorway leading to hallway.
  • Small round tables with chairs.
  • Wall that has drink and snack vending machines and microwave.
  • Door that leads to outside patio.
  • Bookshelf with various reading materials.
  • Windows lining wall.
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  • Room with two patient beds and nightstands with curtain divider and chair.
  • Wall lined with two dressers, two desktops and two safes for personal items.
  • Large windows on one wall.
  • Wheelchair against wall.
  • Sink opposite of wheelchair.
  • Bathroom with toilet, shower and accessibility seats and door for privacy.
  • Doorway leading to hall.

Leadership and staff

Janet Hein
Janet Hein

Chief Executive Officer

Janet began her career at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Erie, formerly HealthSouth Erie Rehabilitation Hospital, in 2009.

Janet began her career at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Erie, formerly HealthSouth Erie Rehabilitation Hospital, in 2009. She held the position of physical therapy manager until her promotion to director of therapy operations in 2013. She remained in that role for 6 years before advancing to chief executive officer. She brings more than 21 years of clinical experience in outpatient, skilled nursing, long term acute care, home health care and inpatient rehabilitation. She received her bachelor's degree in physical therapy from Daemen College.

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Corey Hickey
Corey Hickey, DO

Medical Director

Dr. Hickey is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation by the ABPMR and serves as the physical medicine and rehabilitation (PMR) program director at Encompass Health Erie formerly, HealthSouth Erie.

Dr. Hickey is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation by the ABPMR and serves as the physical medicine and rehabilitation (PMR) program director at Encompass Health Erie, formerly HealthSouth Erie. Dr. Hickey is employed by Erie Physicians Network - UPMC (EPN) and is also on staff at UPMC Hamot as the trauma rehabilitation director.

Dr. Hickey completed a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. While there, he served as the acting academic chief resident of the PMR residency program. Dr. Hickey completed his medical studies at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. He also has an undergraduate degree in sports medicine from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

* The hospital provides access to independent physicians.

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Maureen Blackman
Maureen Blackman

Director of Therapy Operations

Maureen brings over ten years of clinical experience within the inpatient rehab and home health care settings.

Maureen began her career with Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Erie, formerly Health South in 2009 as a physical therapist. She was promoted to senior physical therapist in 2014 until being named director of therapy in 2019. Maureen brings over ten years of clinical experience within the inpatient rehab and home health care settings. She received her bachelor’s degree in science and her doctorate’s degree in physical therapy from Gannon University.

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William Chiaramonte
William Chiaramonte

Facilities Management Director

Bill joined the hospital in April 2006 as the facilities management director. He achieved certification by the American Hospital Association as a Certified Health Care Facility Manager in December 2008.

Bill joined the hospital in April 2006 as the facilities management director. He achieved certification by the American Hospital Association as a Certified Health Care Facility Manager in December 2008. An Erie native, Bill previously served as an electronics instructor in the Air Force. Since his discharge in 1974, Bill has worked exclusively in healthcare maintenance, first in an acute care setting and then in long-term care prior to coming to Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth.

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James A. DeMatteis
James A. DeMatteis, MD, FACP, FAAN

Neuro Program Medical Director

Dr. DeMatteis has been on staff at Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth since 1986. He has served as the stroke/neurology program director at Encompass Health for the past 20 years and previously served as medical director.

Dr. DeMatteis has been on staff at Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth since 1986. He has served as the stroke/neurology program director at Encompass Health for the past 20 years and previously served as medical director. Dr. DeMatteis is on staff at UPMC Hamot Medical Center and maintains an outpatient practice at UPMC Northshore Neurology located at 120 East Second St. in Erie.

Dr. DeMatteis attended medical school at the University of Miami, Florida and completed his residency training in internal medicine and neurology at the Cleveland Clinic. He has achieved board certification in internal medicine, neurology, electromyography (EMG) and vascular neurology and is a certified member of the American Society of Neurorehabilitation.

* The hospital provides access to independent physicians.

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Kristen Gawronski
Kristen Gawronski

Director of Pharmacy

Dr. Kristen Gawronski was promoted to the director of pharmacy at Encompass Health Erie, formerly HealthSouth Erie, in August 2020.

Dr. Kristen Gawronski was promoted to the director of pharmacy at Encompass Health Erie, formerly HealthSouth Erie, in August 2020. Kristen began her pharmacy career with the hospital in 2017 as a per diem pharmacist. Kristen received her PharmD degree from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2010. She then completed PGY1 and PGY2 pharmacy practice residency programs at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center from 2010-2012. Kristen’s experience includes serving as a specialty practice pharmacist covering neonatal intensive care unit and high-risk obstetrics as well as director and assistant professor roles for educational institutions.

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Lori Gibbens
Lori Gibbens

Controller

Lori has served as the hospital's controller since 2005 and has been an employee of the hospital since 1991.

Lori has served as the hospital's controller since 2005 and has been an employee of the hospital since 1991. A native of Erie, Lori earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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Douglas Grisier
Douglas Grisier, D.O.

Associate Medical Director

Dr. Grisier served as medical director at Encompass Health Rehabilitation of Erie, formerly HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Erie from 2016 to 2018.

Dr. Grisier served as medical director at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Erie, formerly HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Erie from 2016 to 2018. He has a longstanding relationship with Encompass Health Erie, including serving several terms as chair of the hospital’s Medical Executive Committee. Dr. Grisier is an assistant clinical professor of Family Medicine for LECOM Health and has educated residents and students for over 25 years. He maintains a private practice with Medical Associates of Erie at Plaza 18 Medical Center in Erie. An Erie native, Dr. Grisier is a graduate of Gannon University and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency at Millcreek Community Hospital.

Douglas Grisier, D.O. is an independent private practice physician whose office is located at the hospital.

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Donna Huckno
Donna Huckno, MSN, RN, CCM

Business Development Director

Donna was promoted to business development director in April 2020.

Donna was promoted to business development director in April 2020. Donna began her nurse liaison career in 2013 as a per diem rehab liaison with Encompass Health, formerly known as HealthSouth. Donna has over 30 years in nursing experience and has held various nursing leadership positions. Donna holds a master's degree in nursing administration from Gannon University and is also a certified case manager (CCM).

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Lindsay Kopac
Lindsay Kopac

Director of Human Resources

Lindsay began her career at Encompass Health Erie, formerly HealthSouth Erie in 2012 as the Human Resources Assistant.

Lindsay began her career at Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth Erie in 2012 as the Human Resources Assistant. She was promoted to director of human resources in November 2015. Lindsay brings more than ten years of experience in human resources to her role. Lindsay holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology – human resources from Westminster College. As the human resources director, Lindsay is responsible for the day to day employee relations of approximately 185 employees.

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Nadine Nick
Nadine Nick

Director of Quality/Risk

Nadine was promoted to quality/risk director in September 2020.

Nadine was promoted to quality/risk director in September 2020. She joined Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, in 2012 as a registered nurse. She later received her certified registered rehabilitation nurse certification in 2015. In 2017, she became the patient assessment standards coordinator. Nadine obtained her bachelor's degree in Nursing from The Pennsylvania State University in 2012.

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Renee York
Renee York

Director of Case Management

Renee is a licensed social worker who previously worked at HealthSouth in the case management department.

Renee is a licensed social worker who previously worked at HealthSouth in the case management department. She recently returned to Encompass Health (formerly known as HealthSouth) as the director of case management. Renee has experience as a hospital social worker and medical case management. She graduated from Mercyhurst University with a bachelor's degree in social work and holds a master's degree in social administration from Case Western Reserve University.

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