Fifteenth Year Anniversary Celebration
Location: HealthSouth Emerald Coast Rehabilitation Hospital
1847 Florida Avenue
HealthSouth Emerald Coast Rehabilitation Hospital began as a freestanding, comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation clinic at the corner of 19th Street and Florida Avenue. HealthSouth purchased the clinic in June 1996 and in its place, build a freestanding 40-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that opened in April 1997. Our very first patient was admitted on April 11, 1997. She was quite surprised when our staff met her at the front door in their excitement to have her as our first patient.
In just two short years, Emerald Coast underwent an expansion of 25 beds, which enabled us to provide high-quality and cost-effective inpatient rehabilitation services to 65 patients in the Florida Panhandle and surrounding communities. We flourished as a 65-bed hospital until spring 2004 when we again announced plans for expansion due to our consistently being at capacity. Ten beds were added to the hospital making it a 75-bed rehabilitation hospital offering a complete array of rehabilitation services to get our patients back home faster. It was exciting to be able to offer more patients access to the therapy they needed to be able to get them back to living their lives.
During the hospitals first 15 years it has been recognized for its commitment to excellence in the following ways: HealthSouth’s President Circle in 2000, Outstanding Performance in Patient Satisfaction in 2005, The Joint Commission Disease-Specific Accreditation in Stroke Rehabilitation since 2008 (first in the state of Florida), received HealthSouth’s Stroke Center of Excellence in 2007-2012. Marketing Team of the Year in 2008 and 2011. Our Medical Director, Dr. Michael Hennigan has been awarded the following: Medical Director of the Year in 1998, Medical Leadership and Clinical Excellence in 2003, Patient Satisfaction Award in 2004 and Clinical Excellence Award and Outstanding Performance in Patient Satisfaction Award in 2006. HealthSouth Emerald Coast was also HealthSouth’s Hospital of the Year in 2011, this is HealthSouth’s most prestigious award and is reserved for the number one hospital that stands out above all other HealthSouth inpatient rehabilitation hospitals. This award highlights the hard work and continued focus on measurable results and high-quality patient care by the HealthSouth Emerald Coast team.