When their return to independence depends on you,
we are here. Encompass Health offers the advanced
therapy and care patients need after a life-changing illness or injury.
Encompass Health is a national sponsor of Together to End Stroke
This hospital has
Joint Commission Accreditation
Brain Injury Rehabilitation
Parkinson's Disease Rehabilitation
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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Service animals allowed
Student observation hours
Spanish translators available
Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in stroke rehabilitation.
This Mother's Day we celebrated by giving carnations to both patients and employees.
- Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Erie
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Chief Executive Officer
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.
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.
Director of Therapy Operations
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.
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. 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.
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 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.
Director of Pharmacy
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.
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.
Associate Medical Director
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.
Business Development Director
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).
Director of Human Resources
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.
Chief Nursing Officer
Kimberly was promoted to chief nursing officer (CNO) in March 2017. Kim began her nursing career eleven years ago at Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth. She went on to work in home health and labor and delivery. She returned to Encompass Health Erie in 2013 and served as a weekend nursing supervisor and nurse manager prior to being promoted to CNO. Kim holds a Bachelor of Art degree in speech-language pathology from the University of South Florida as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from Daemen College.
Director of Case Management
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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