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Welcome to our hospital

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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Careers

What to expect

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Superior amenities at our hospitals

79 Beds

23 Private rooms

Televisions

Telephones

Free WiFi

Cafeteria

family lounge

Pool

Courtyard

Interpreter services

Spanish translators available

Support groups

Nonsmoking

Pet friendly

Volunteers

Student observation hours

Tours available

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We proudly display our Gold Seal of Approval™

Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in brain injury rehabilitation.

Stroke Rehabilitation

Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in stroke rehabilitation.

Parkinson's Disease Rehabilitation

Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in Parkinson's disease.

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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. The room links below our virtual tour leave this website and go directly to Google maps to walk through the hospital.

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.

  • Multiple tables throughout therapy gym to assist in patient therapies.
  • Exercise equipment throughout gym to be used with technologies in therapy sessions.
  • Small stairs to assist in building patient’s strength.
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  • Multiple tables and chairs for patients and visitors to eat together.
  • Vending machines for drinks and snacks available for purchase.
  • Buffet style food area with menu, utensils, and condiments to choose.
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  • Outdoor area for rest and relaxation with multiple benches.
  • Walking track with small stairs for building patient endurance.
  • Area for gardening around courtyard area.
  • Patient and visitor parking lot adjacent to courtyard area.
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  • Patient room with bed, bathroom, TV and chairs for visitors.L/li>
  • Window with exterior view.
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  • Shared patient room with two beds, bathroom, TV and chairs for visitors.
  • Nightstands are placed next to each bed with a curtain to divide room between patient beds.
  • Window with exterior view.

Leadership and Staff

Bill Overbey
BILL OVERBEY

Chief Executive Officer

Bill Overbey was named the CEO of Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital in June 2014

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.

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Dr. Joseph Sankoorikal
JOSEPH SANKOORIKAL, M.D.

Medical Director

Dr. Sankoorikal has been an active member at Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital since 2003 and has served as medical director since 2010

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.

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Randy Carrier
RANDY CARRIER

Director of Plant Operations

Randy has worked in the maintenance department at Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital since 2008

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.

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Lori Finney
LORI FINNEY

Controller

Lori is the controller at Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital and has more than 20 years of accounting and financial experience

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.

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Amy Hinrichs
AMY HINRICHS

Human Resources Director

Amy Hinrichs joined the Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital in March 2020 as the director of human resources.

Amy Hinrichs joined the Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital in March 2020 as the director of human resources. Prior to joining the Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital Amy worked at the State of Kansas in various human resources roles. Amy holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Emporia State University as well as a master’s degree in business administration from Baker University. Outside of work, Amy and her husband stay busy raising their two daughters.

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Barry Muninger
BARRY MUNINGER

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

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.

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Renae Pritchard
RENAE PRITCHARD

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.

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.

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Lisa Rundell
LISA RUNDELL

Director of Therapy Operations

Lisa began her career with Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital as a pre-physical therapy student in 1998.

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.

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Ulrike Leonardi
ULRIKE LEONARDI

Director of Case Management

Ulrike Leonardi joined the Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital as the director of case management in 2014.

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.

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Craig Walkenshaw
CRAIG WALKENSHAW

Director of Pharmacy

Craig Walkenshaw joined the Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital pharmacy staff in 2017.
Craig Walkenshaw joined the Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital pharmacy staff in 2017 and was promoted to the director of pharmacy in April 2019. Prior to becoming the director of pharmacy, Craig’s previous roles were focused towards psychiatric pharmacology and he continues to maintain his board certification in this area. Craig received his Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Pittsburgh State University prior to completing his Doctor of Pharmacy degree at the University of Kansas in 2010.
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Randy Williams
RANDY WILLIAMS

Director of Business Development

Randy began working within the marketing department at the Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital in January 2012.

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. Randy enjoys spending time with his wife and children, being outdoors and cheering on the Kansas Jayhawks.

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