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At Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Ocala, we are committed to helping you regain independence after a life-changing illness or injury. Located in Ocala, we are a leading provider of inpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology for stroke 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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Superior amenities at our hospitals

75 Beds

Televisions

Telephones

Free WiFi

Courtyard

Interpreter services

Nonsmoking

Spanish translators available

Tours available

Support groups

Volunteers

We proudly display our Gold Seal of Approval™

Stroke Rehabilitation

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

Hip Fracture Rehabilitation

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

Advanced Inpatient Diabetes

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

Heart Failure

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

Leadership and staff

Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett

Chief Executive Officer

Tony joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Panama City as chief executive officer in 2003. He began his career in rehabilitation in 1991 as a chief financial officer in South Florida.
Tony joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Panama City as chief executive officer in 2003. He began his career in rehabilitation in 1991 as a chief financial officer in South Florida. Tony graduated from the University of West Florida in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and earned his master’s degree in business administration in 1997 from New York Institute of Technology.
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Dr. Michael Hennigan
Michael Hennigan

Medical Director

Dr. Hennigan has been with Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Panama City, formerly HealthSouth Emerald Coast since its opening in 1997.
Dr. Hennigan has been with Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Panama City,formerly HealthSouth Emerald Coast since its opening in 1997. Throughout his career he has been recognized with awards including Medical Director of the Year, Medical Leadership and Clinical Excellence, Patient Satisfaction Award and Clinical Excellence. He graduated from Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine in New Jersey and completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation in New Jersey. Dr. Hennigan is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Michael Hennigan, M.D. is an independent private practice physician whose office is located at the hospital.

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Adrienne Bartle
Adrienne Bartle

Director of Case Management

Adrienne became director of case management in 2011. Prior to that, she served as a case manager and senior case manager.
Adrienne became director of case management in 2011. Prior to that, she served as a case manager and senior case manager. Before working at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital Of Panama City, Adrienne served as case manager for Encompass Health in Tallahassee, Florida. Adrienne graduated from Florida State University in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in social work. In 2018, she received a master’s degree in counseling and psychology from Troy University and is pursuing licensure.  
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Brad Tilghman
Brad Tilghman

Controller

Brad joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Panama City, formerly HealthSouth Emerald Coast as hospital controller in 2012.
Brad joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Panama City, formerly HealthSouth Emerald Coast as hospital controller in 2012.  He began his career in 2003 as an auditor for a regional accounting firm, providing accounting services to hospitals throughout the southeast.  Brad graduated from Mississippi State University in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in finance, his master’s in business administration in 2001, and earned his certified public accountant license in 2006.
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Cambridge Carruth
Cambridge Carruth

Director of Therapy Operations

Cambridge joined Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth as a therapy manager in February of 2014 then moved into the role of the director of therapy operations in October.
Cambridge joined Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth as a therapy manager in February of 2014 then moved into the role of the director of therapy operations in October. She began her career as a physical therapist in 1999 at Encompass Health Cityview Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas and has worked in therapy management in a variety of settings including inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation, wound care, and assisted living. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Abilene Christian University in 1997 and completed her master’s degree in physical therapy at Texas Woman’s University in 1999. She became a Certified Wound Specialist® in 2005.
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Cindy Carpenter
Cindy Carpenter

Business Development Director

Cindy has been with Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Panama City since 2002. She currently serves as the director of marketing and has also served as the rehab liaison.
Cindy has been with Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Panama City since 2002. She currently serves as the director of marketing and has also served as the rehab liaison. Prior to transferring to Emerald Coast, she was a marketing liaison for Encompass Health in Sunrise, Florida and the site administrator for the outpatient pain management clinic of Sunrise located in Ft. Lauderdale. Cindy has a degree in marketing and hospital administration.
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Patricia Foster
Patricia Foster

Director of Quality/Risk Management

Tricia joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation hospital of Panama City in 2011. She has more than 10 years experience in healthcare quality and risk management.
Tricia joined Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth in 2011. She has more than 10 years experience in healthcare quality and risk management. Her career as a registered nurse spans over 30 years in various areas including critical care, NICU and long term acute care. A third generation Florida native she graduated from the Florida State University School of Nursing and is also an alumnus of University of North Florida’s Health Administration Program where she earned her MHA. She received her Healthcare Risk Management Certification from the University of South Florida.
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Sharon Hamilton
Sharon Hamilton

Chief Nursing Officer

Sharon joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Panama City team the beginning of 2014. Her career as a registered nurse has spanned over 18 years.
Sharon joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Panama City team the beginning of 2014. Her career as a registered nurse has spanned over 18 years and includes critical care, infection prevention and control, and nursing leadership. Sharon is a long time resident of the area and a local graduate of Gulf Coast State College where she earned her associate degree in nursing. She completed her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Florida Hospital College.
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Brett Hanson
Brett Hanson, MSM

Director of Plant Operation

Brett Hanson began working for Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, Panama City in January of 2015.
Brett Hanson began working for Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, Panama City in January of 2015. He received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University and his Master of Science in management from Troy State University.  In addition to heading up the plant operations department, he serves as the hospital safety officer.  
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Traci Powell
Traci Powell

Director of Human Resources

Traci has more than 20 years experience in healthcare human resources, with a total of eight years with Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth.
Traci has more than 20 years experience in healthcare human resources, with a total of eight years with Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth. Traci oversees all areas of human resources, such as recruitment and retention. She is a member of the local Human Resources Management Association, along with various other local volunteer organizations.
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