Encompass Health is a national sponsor of Together to End Stroke
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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Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in stroke rehabilitation.
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.
Director of Plant Operations
Bill joined the hospital in April 2006 as the director of plant operations. 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.
Director of Pharmacy
Tim joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Erie, formerly HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Erie in 2014 as director of pharmacy. He brings more than 30 years of operational and clinical experience in acute care and long term care settings. He received his bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Sciences in 1981.
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.
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.
Director of Quality
Mary began serving in the capacity of director of quality in August 2010 bringing with her more than 20 years of experience in behavioral health. She has assumed leadership of the hospital’s team effort to maintain existing and achieve new Disease-Specific certifications under The Joint Commission. Mary has served in a variety of roles including, staff nurse, assistant nurse manager, nurse manager and case manager in clinical areas such as neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics and trauma. Prior to joining Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, she worked in Utilization Review. Mary earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Gannon University.
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.
Interim Director of Therapy Operations
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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