HealthSouth Rehabilitation Institute of San Antonio, (RIOSA) is a 106-bed acute medical rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services, including home health care. Designed with patient care in mind, HealthSouth RIOSA offers 2 private rooms and 52 semi-private rooms, with televisions and wireless Internet capability. Offering the latest rehabilitation technology, this 97,364-square-foot hospital serves patients throughout South Texas.


Name: Lee Simpson
Title: Chief Executive Officer
Bio: Lee Simpson, MSHP has more than 35 years of healthcare experience with expertise in psychiatric, acute medical surgical, home health and rehabilitation administration. Lee is responsible for day-to-day operations and ensures that the facility complies with all policies and procedures set forth by the Governing Board and Executive Committee/Medical Staff and Corporate Office. Prior to serving in this role, Lee served as CEO at a 98-bed Psychiatric Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas for 1 ½ years and as VP of Behavioral Health Services at a regional medical center in Jonesboro, AR for 4 years .

Lee joined HEALTHSOUTH RIOSA in September, 2007. He holds a Masters of Science degree in Health Professions from Texas State University at San Marcos, Texas.

Name: Richard C. Senelick, MD
Title: Medical Director
Bio: Dr. Richard C. Senelick, Medical Director, has been affiliated with RIOSA since its opening in 1988. He is a neurologist who specializes in Neuro-rehabilitation. Dr. Senelick did his undergraduate and medical school training at the University of Illinois and his residency in neurology at the University of Utah. He is a frequent lecturer on both a national and international level. Among his many publications and eight books, he has authored “Living with Brain Injury: A Guide for Families”, “Living With Stroke: A Guide for Families”, “The Spinal Cord Injury Handbook”, and “Beyond Please and Thank You: The Disability Awareness Handbook”.

Name: Ray Shafer
Title: Director of Clinical Services
Bio: Ray Shafer, Director of Therapy Operations, has more than 19 years of experience in healthcare as an Occupational Therapist and Therapy Manager. Ray has oversight for inpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, therapeutic recreation, comprehensive day rehabilitation, orthotics and prosthetic services, and nutritional dietetics. He also oversees outpatient services with responsibilities for the Transitional Living program, outpatient admissions, patient scheduling and transportation services

Ray Shafer joined HealthSouth RIOSA in May of 2007. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy form Texas Woman’s University.

Name: Barbara Pollok
Title: Director of Nursing
Bio: Barbara Pollok, Chief Nursing Officer, has more than 30 years of nursing experience, most of which has been in varying levels of management and administration in acute care. Prior to her current role, she was Director of Patient Care Services at a 250 bed acute care hospital.

Barbara joined HEALTHSOUTH RIOSA in June, 2004. She holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently enrolled in the Graduate Nursing
Program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and majoring in Nursing Administration with minors in teaching and informatics. She was recently invited to join Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honor society.

Name: Larry F. Spriggs, CPA
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Bio: Larry Spriggs, Chief Financial Officer/Controller, has over 22 years of progressive healthcare financial management experience including acute care, behavioral health, and inpatient rehabilitation. Throughout his career, Mr. Spriggs has participated in opening three new hospitals, functioned as an internal auditor, and has held area and regional CFO positions. Mr. Spriggs joined HEALTHSOUTH RIOSA in December 1994. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance and Accounting as well as a Master of Business Administration. He is also a Certified Public Accountant

Name: Donna L Torbet
Title: Director of Marketing Operations
Bio: Donna L. Torbet, MBA, has more than 20 years of healthcare business development expertise in referral development, physician relations and service line positioning for acute care and post-acute care services. She is responsible for commercial operations, admissions, clinical sales management and product line development.

Donna joined HEALTHSOUTH RIOSA in May, 2007. She holds a Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Texas at San Antonio and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. She is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Name: Vanessa Tejada
Title: Director of Human Resources
Bio: Vanessa Tejada, Director of Human Resources, has been working in human resources as either a manager or director for the last 14 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts in History/Political Science from St. Mary’s University. Ms. Tejada has been PHR certified by the Society for Human Resource Management since 2002. She has been with HealthSouth RIOSA since December 2005. Prior to joining RIOSA she was director of Human Resources for Souper Salad, Inc.


Address: 9119 Cinnamon Hill
Inpatient Referral phone number: 210-558-1114
Outpatient Referral phone number: 210-691-0737 x 1118
Other contact information to include: Comprehensive Day Rehabilitation/Transitional Living Program (formerly known as Verbena House) contact is Liz Bilderback 210-691-0737 x 1159
Contact name and phone number for Spanish language inquiries: Nursing Supervisor 210-691-0737 x 1284


To schedule a tour, please contact 210-691-0737.


JCAHO accreditation
University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio School of Nursing-BSN Program
Galen Health Institute- LVN Program
Northside ISD- Health Occupations Student Education Program


Hospital visiting hours: 8:00am – 8:30 pm


To make a referral or for more information, contact our Admissions Department at 210-558-1114. One of our Rehabilitation Liaisons will respond to perform a pre-admission screening and coordinate transfer to our facility.

Home Evaluation
The hospital provides no cost home screenings for individuals who might benefit from rehabilitation. To facilitate a screening, the individual, a family member or a healthcare professional should call 210-558-1114. To request a home evaluation. A liaison will visit the individual's home, complete the screening and make appropriate recommendations.

Rehabilitation is covered in full or part by most health insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. The hospital has contracts with most major insurance companies and is willing to negotiate with other companies as needed.

HEALTHSOUTH RIOSA provides “WEEKEND COVERAGE” for referral assessments and admissions in the San Antonio market. The phone number is 210-691-0737


Inpatient Services Overview
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Institute of San Antonio offers a more intense regimen and higher level of care such as greater physician involvement and therapy time, as well as increased availability of pharmacy and laboratory services.

Specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation, our Medical Director leads a highly qualified team of nurses and therapists to provide a coordinated program of care. HealthSouth’s team approach engages rehabilitation experts from many disciplines, including:

Rehabilitation Nursing
Occupational Therapy
Physical Therapy
Speech-Language Therapy
Respiratory Therapy
Dietary and Nutritional Counseling
Case Management

Rehabilitation Programs
Brain Injury
General rehabilitation
Hip Fracture
Joint Replacement
Multiple Trauma
Spinal Cord Injury

Rehabilitation Technology

Bioness H200
Medtronic spasticity treatment
Interactive Metronome


Outpatient Rehabilitation Services
Physical Therapy
Occupational Therapy
Speech Therapy
General orthopedics

CDR- Comprehensive Day Rehabilitation
Transitional Living Program

Outpatient Rehabilitation Programs

Brain Injury
General rehabilitation
Spinal Cord Injury
Industrial and work hardening
Adaptive Driving
Community re-entry and re-education
Driver Assessments
Aquatic Therapy
Transitional /Day Program

Outpatient Rehabilitation Technology

Bioness H200
Medtronic spasticity treatment
Interactive Metronome


Hospital offers home health services


Support Groups

Support Group Name: Stroke Support Group
Date: Meet 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month
Time: 10:00-11:00am
Location: HEALTHSOUTH RIOSA Conference room
Contact: Susan Hearn

Support Group Name: Life After Multiple Sclerosis
Date: Meet 1st Saturday of every month
Time: 10:00-12:00 noon
Location: HEALTHSOUTH RIOSA Conference Room
Contact: Theona Underwood

News Items

Helping Soldiers Transition Back Home
By Liz Bilderback, Neuropsychologist and Program Coordinator of the Comprehensive Day Rehabilitation Program at RIOSA

Home to four military bases and two 5-star trauma centers, San Antonio stands at the crossroads of medical care for wounded warriors returning from Iraq. HealthSouth RIOSA is proud to partner with the military to treat soldiers with brain injuries.
Multi-trauma is common for returning soldiers, and many receive outpatient physical rehabilitation through the military and cognitive rehabilitation through RIOSA. Active duty men and women have received rehabilitation through inpatient, transitional and comprehensive day rehabilitation programs. The transitional program offers a bridge between a hospital environment and the community. Although benefiting from inpatient medical and nursing care, soldiers are able to spend time at home and in the community. The day rehabilitation program provides outpatient therapy with the benefit of nursing care and more structured supervision and management.
Active duty, retired military and civilian patients mingle in the hospital brain injury program. Patients may use traditional paper and pencil tasks, or games and puzzles to improve skills. Computer and electronic game systems provide an enjoyable alternative for younger and technologically adept soldiers. Speech and Occupational Therapists supervise cognitive therapy.
Group counseling helps foster a sense of community and provides support that soldiers and other patients enjoy. Counseling focuses on brain injury issues including developing awareness of deficits, coping with life style changes, and interpersonal skills. In this therapy soldiers not only speak of their losses, but meet others with similar issues. Soldiers share concerns about missing limbs and difficulty reading. They search for ways to regain their independence. They lament being treated like children after serving their country overseas. In response, a parents’ group is scheduled to begin to assist our young patients.
The San Antonio program has participated in multiple successes with wounded warriors returning to their homes, pursuing community activities, volunteering, and returning to productive work.