We Proudly Display our Gold Seal of Approval™

Stroke Rehabilitation

Our stroke rehabilitation program has earned Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission.  

Parkinson's Disease Rehabilitation

Our Parkinson's disease rehabilitation program has earned Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission.

Hip Fracture Rehabilitation

Our hip fracture rehabilitation program has earned Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission.

Leadership and staff

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Kenneth Bell, PharmD, MBA

Chief Executive Officer

Kenny was named chief executive officer (CEO) of Encompass Health Scottsdale in 2016.

Kenny was named chief executive officer (CEO) of Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, Scottsdale in 2016. Preceding his CEO role, he has been in healthcare leadership in a variety of roles since 2010. His leadership experience includes previous positions as an associate administrator, pharmacy director, and direct reports for housekeeping and dietary services. Prior to Encompass Health, Kenny held positions as a clinical pharmacist in the intensive care unit, anticoagulation services, and general medicine floors. Kenny received his master’s degree in business administration from Roseman University, doctor of pharmacy degree from Western University of Healthsciences, and his Bachelor of Science in kinesiology from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Kenny’s interests include spending time with his wife and three kids, sports, being physically active and enjoying all that life has to offer.

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KEITH CUNNINGHAM, M.D.

Medical Director

A graduate of the University of Florida, Dr. Cunningham completed his residency in internal medicine at the Oregon Health Sciences University.

A graduate of the University of Florida, Dr. Cunningham completed his residency in internal medicine at the Oregon Health Sciences University. He became a member of the American College of Physicians and board certified in 1997.  He has been an active member at Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth,  since 1999 and has served as medical staff president since 2004.  Dr. Cunningham has served on several local hospital committees and acts as an associate preceptor for medical students.  His interests include the integration of the multidisciplinary medicine rehab approach to the compromised patient to improve outcomes.

*All physicians are independent and are not employees of this hospital.

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Barlas Buyuktimkin, PharmD, Ph.D.

Director of Pharmacy

Barlas Buyuktimkin joined Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, in October 2011
Barlas Buyuktimkin joined Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, in October 2011. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 2005 with a doctorate of pharmacy (PharmD) degree and received his second doctorate (Ph.D.) in pharmaceutical chemistry from the University of Kansas in 2011. He serves on several local hospital committees and is an adjunct assistant professor of pharmacy practice at Midwestern University. Barlas has six peer-reviewed publications, has authored two book chapters and holds one U.S. patent.
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LISA BARRICK

Controller

Lisa joined Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, Scottsdale in April 2007.

Lisa joined Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, Scottsdale in April 2007. Lisa graduated from Arizona State University in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She was an audit manager for seven years with Deloitte & Touche and has more than 15 years of controller experience.

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DIANA FISCHER

Area Director of Business Development

Diana rejoined Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, in October of 2013 and brings more than 15 years of healthcare experience with her.

Diana rejoined Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, in October of 2013 and brings more than 15 years of healthcare experience with her. She holds a BS in Recreation Therapy from Emporia State University and also graduated from Maricopa Community College as a licensed LPN. Before returning to Encompass Health, she was the market director for business development for a large long term acute care hospital system within the Phoenix market. Her responsibilities included supervision of multiple sales teams, hospital development for multiple campus and acted as the physician recruiter and physician liaison. We welcome Diana back to her previous role of marketing operations director where she will be responsible for teams of rehabilitation marketing liaisons, designing and implementing referral programs, and customer service strategies for both the East Valley and Scottsdale locations.

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JOHN HOGAN

Director of Plant Operations

John has more than 30 years of experience in electrical and mechanical maintenance.
John joined Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, in July 2009.  He has more than 30 years of experience in electrical and mechanical maintenance.  John obtained his electrical apprenticeship/journeyman in Pennsylvania. His experience includes being a chief building engineer for commercial and high-rise structures in the greater Phoenix area.
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DEBBIE KRUEGER

Chief Nursing Officer

Debbie joined Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, Scottsdale Rehabilitation Hospital in January, 2014.

Debbie joined Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, Scottsdale Rehabilitation Hospital in January, 2014. She brings more than 35 years of progressive supervisory and professional clinical experience in nursing, with varied specialties in medical-surgical, oncology, cardiac and leadership. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Phoenix, Hawaii Campus. Debbie has been in the rehabilitation field since 2003 and was responsible for the creation of John C. Lincoln’s Deer Valley Open Heart and Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs.

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Laiza Madrid

Director of Human Resources

She brings 15 years of human resources and management experience.
Laiza has been part of HealthSouth, formerly Encompass Health since 2016.  She brings 15 years of human resources and management experience in healthcare, non-profit, logistics and government. Laiza earned her bachelor’s degree in public management from Northern Arizona University.
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Pamela Schmidt OTR/L, MSOT

Director of Therapy Operations

Pamela began her therapy career with Encompass Health Scottsdale in January 2012. 
Pamela began her therapy career with Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, Scottsdale in January 2012. She started out as a staff occupational therapist and worked her way up to a lead manager before being promoted to her current position of director of therapy. She has a passion working with patients with neurological impairment and her career focus has been in the post-acute/rehabilitation side of therapy. She also helped initiate the stroke support group at Encompass Health Scottsdale. Pamela found her interest in occupational therapy by teaching gymnastics to children with special needs. She achieved her Bachelor of Science in psychology from Arizona State University and her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Midwestern University. She is a proud native of Arizona.
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Superior amenities at our hospitals

60 Beds
Nonsmoking
Telephones
Televisions
Free WiFi
Interpreter services
Cafeteria
Pet friendly
Student observation hours
Support groups
Tours available
Volunteers