New Cape Coral rehabilitation hospital at a glance

  • Encompass Health placed land under contract to build a 40-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Cape Coral, Florida.
  • The new hospital will be named Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Cape Coral and will provide intensive physical rehabilitative services.
  • The Company’s Florida portfolio currently includes 12 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, a hospital under construction in north Tampa, recently announced land purchases in Naples, Clermont, PensacolaSt. Augustine and Lakeland for future development, and 19 home health locations.

To meet the demand of a growing population, Encompass Health is growing in Florida again.

The Company placed land under contract and plans to build a freestanding, 40-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Cape Coral, Florida, to be named Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Cape Coral.

“The Cape Coral and Fort Meyers areas continue to grow, and with that comes the need for additional healthcare services,” said Linda Wilder, president of Encompass Health’s southeast region. “Given our long tenure operating hospitals in Florida for over 30 years, we’ve watched the need for intensive rehabilitation services increase in those communities.”

To date, Encompass Health has 12 rehabilitation hospitals operating in Florida, but has plans to open several more in the next several years. An announcement came earlier this week that Encompass Health will open a hospital in Naples, and new hospitals are in development in five other locations in the state.

Complementing local acute care services, the hospital will care for patients recovering from debilitating illnesses and injuries including strokes and other neurological disorders, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations and complex orthopedic conditions. The hospital will provide physical, occupational and speech therapies that aim to restore functional ability and quality of life and 24‑hour care by registered nurses, many of whom are certified in rehabilitation nursing. 

The medical staff will be comprised of physicians experienced in physical medicine and rehabilitation as well as other specialties such as internal medicine, cardiology, infectious disease and nephrology to assist in the medical management and support a complex patient population. 

“Our new, state‑of‑the‑art hospital will be designed based on our experience treating almost 190,000 physical rehabilitation patients annually in our hospitals throughout the country,” Wilder said. “We look forward to becoming part of a strong, well‑managed healthcare network augmenting the continuum of care through this new hospital.”

The hospital will feature all private patient rooms, a spacious therapy gym with advanced rehabilitation technologies and an activities of daily living suite, cafeteria, dining room, pharmacy and therapy courtyard.  

The planned hospital, once opened, will become part of Encompass Health’s national network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and home health and hospice agencies. A construction timeline for the hospital has not yet been established.

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