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At Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital, a joint venture of Encompass Health and Stormont Vail Health, we are committed to helping you regain independence after a life-changing illness or injury. Serving Lawrence, Topeka, Manhattan and Emporia, we are a leading provider of inpatient rehabilitation for stroke, Parkinson’s disease, trauma 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 brain injury rehabilitation.
Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in stroke rehabilitation.
Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in Parkinson's disease.
Chief Executive Officer
Bill Overbey was named the CEO of Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital in June 2014. With his arrival comes extensive experience within hospital administration throughout Kansas, as well as strong ties to the Topeka community. Bill was born and raised in Topeka, KS, and is a graduate of Washburn University where he earned his degree of business administration in accounting and his CPA certificate. Away from Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital, Bill is an avid golfer and both a KU and KSU fan having children attend both universities.
Dr. Sankoorikal has been an active member at Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital since 2003 and has served as medical director since 2010. Dr. Sankoorikal is a graduate of the Medical College, University of Kerala, Trivandrum, Kerala, India. He completed his residency in geriatric medicine at the Oak Forest Hospital of Cook County and his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital and Care Network in Illinois. He became a member of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 1990. He has served on several local hospital committees, and his interests include the integration of the family in the rehab approach to the compromised patient to improve outcomes.
* All physicians are independent and are not employees of this hospital.
Director of Plant Operations
Randy has worked in the maintenance department at Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital since 2008. His experience includes new construction, remodeling, auto mechanics, sales, service, supervision, manufacturing, distribution and maintenance. He has trade school education in mechanics and electronics. Randy enjoys spending time with his grandchildren, playing racquetball, softball and volleyball. Randy also has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Lori is the controller at Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital and has more than 20 years of accounting and financial experience. Prior to joining HealthSouth, she served as president of communications at Westar Energy. Lori graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Kansas State University. She also possesses a master’s degree in business administration from Washburn University.
Director of Quality and Risk Management
Barry Muninger has been with the Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital since May of 2013, working in both the nursing and marketing departments. He was named the director of marketing operations in March of 2015. Barry holds a Bachelor of Science in health promotion from Emporia State University as well as a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Washburn University. He is a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse® (CRRN) and a member of the Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society.
Chief Nursing Officer
Renae Pritchard has been with the Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital for 14 years and was appointed chief nursing officer in August of 2016. During her time with the hospital, Renae has worked in various leadership roles throughout the nursing department, and has obtained distinction as a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN). She brings 34 years of experience working as a nurse in a variety of settings, and describes nursing as a passion more than a job.
Director of Therapy Operations
Lisa began her career with Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital as a pre-physical therapy student in 1998. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in pre-physical therapy from the University of Kansas, she worked as a nursing and therapy tech and was then accepted into the physical therapy program at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Lisa returned to Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital in 2001 with her master’s in physical therapy where she worked as a physical therapist for eight years before being named the director of therapy operations in 2010.
Director of Case Management
Ulrike Leonardi joined the Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital as the director of case management in 2014. She has a master’s degree in clinical psychology and is a licensed by the State of Kansas. She also has a master’s degree in health care administration and leadership. She started her career working as a neuropsychologist in a neurological rehabilitation hospital in Germany. After moving to Topeka and spending some time at home with four young children, she worked for the local Battered Women Shelter where she then became director of the YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment. She has also worked with Valeo as a crisis clinician.
Director of Pharmacy
Director of Business Development
Randy began working within the marketing department at the Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital in January 2012. Before being named director of marketing operations in May 2017, he had served as senior marketing liaison since May 2016. Randy earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas and a master’s of business administration from Baker University. He is excited to continue advocating for patients and their families, as well as providing education to the community regarding the programs and services our hospital offers. Outside of work, Randy enjoys spending time with his wife and son, being outdoors and cheering on the Kansas Jayhawks.
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