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Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital

Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital
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1395 George Dieter Drive
El Paso, TX 79936 (915) 320-6586
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Welcome to Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital

Comprehensive Physical Therapy Services in Texas

It is our pleasure to welcome you to Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital, Texas’s premier physical rehabilitation facility. Our hospital is focused on helping patients recover from serious injuries and illnesses through various forms of physical therapy. These programs have been created using the latest medical research and the expertise of multidisciplinary medical experts. While all rehabilitation programs follow a basic structure, each one is customized based on the patient’s specific needs and goals, allowing us to help them achieve a higher quality of life without discomfort.

Highlands was designed to help patients feel more comfortable and relaxed. As soon as you walk through our doors you will find yourself in a warm and inviting lobby where a friendly member of our staff will be ready to assist you.


Elevating Patient Care.

We determine the best extended care option for our patients.

Our team is well-versed in the latest techniques in long term care.

We are determined to raise the standard of patient care.

Our facilities are constantly pursuing a higher level of service excellence.

We are always seeking strategic opportunities for growth within the industry.

Our Mission & Principles.

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Why Choose Highlands?

We encourage you and your family to spend time researching your options for rehabilitation. This is not a decision to take lightly, and we want our patients to feel confident that they are receiving the best care possible as they work towards recovery.

Our hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and the Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). This means we consciously meet high standards of performance for treatment methods and patient safety. Our CARF accreditations include General Rehabilitation, Stroke, and Traumatic Brain injury for both adolescents and adults. The Highlands team includes a dedicated group of nurses, physicians, physical thermal therapists, case managers, and support staff committed to maintaining these high standards.

Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about our facility by taking a free tour. We will be happy to meet with you and discuss our rehabilitation strategies.

Celebrating Our Patients' Success.

Read some of our patients' stories of their experience with the Vibra Healthcare team.

  • Jose V.

    Jose V.

    Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital

    For several months, Jose Vizcanio endured suffering from pain and immobility to his left knee. Eventually, he decided it was time to have surgery. He admitted to an acute care hospital for a left total knee arthroplasty, then referred to Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital for further therapy. Before his hospitalization, Jose worked at Ft. Bliss Military Base refurbishing military vehicles. He loves his job and his goal is to return to work. He was very impressed with the staff at ... Read More

  • Miguel M.

    Miguel M.

    Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital

    At home one August day, Miguel Montelongo suffered a stroke. The 69-year-old was hospitalized with significant challenges. Miguel was unable to walk, talk, or take care of his personal needs. He had a hard time eating and his memory was affected. "I was independent prior to the stroke, driving and going out to restaurants" he reflected. The coronavirus further complicated Miguel's recovery. After being hospitalized, he tested positive for COVID-19. After some time in the hospital, Miguel ... Read More

  • Grace D.

    Grace D.

    Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital

    "Small, but mighty." That's how many describe 20-year-old Grace Drehmer. Grace loves spending time with her friends jet skiing on the lake. She was four days from deployment, ready to serve our country, when her accident occurred. Attempting a backflip on a trampoline, Grace landed on her neck. She couldn't move her extremities and feared the worst. Taken to University Medical Center, Grace was diagnosed with a fracture of her cervical spine and a spinal cord injury . Dr. Todd Trier ... Read More

  • Felipe G.

    Felipe G.

    Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital

    When Felipe Gomez arrived at Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital , he was in poor spirits. "I was very sad because I could not move any part of my body," Felipe recalled. "I was not able to do anything for myself." The cause of Felipe's impaired mobility and ability to perform activities of daily living was a prolonged and complex medical course. His hospitalization began with spinal decompression and fusion. Complications followed, including hepatic encephalopathy, acute respiratory ... Read More

  • Melissa P.

    Melissa P.

    Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital

    The surgery was supposed to relieve the pressure in Melissa Perez's spine. Instead, it had a negative impact on her, both physically and emotionally. Melissa Perez underwent a lumbar laminectomy and fusion to address her pain. The procedure, sometimes known as decompression surgery, relieves pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. But Melissa's surgery didn't go as planned. The surgical site became infected and doctors had to reverse the procedure. Melissa required drainage of a left ... Read More

  • Luis B.

    Luis B.

    Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital

    Luis Balbuena suffered for years with swelling and stiffness in his left knee. The knee made prevented Luis from completing daily tasks and impacted his ability to sleep at night. He even required a walker to walk more than 25 yards. After conservative treatments failed to provide relief, Luis underwent a total knee replacement. After surgery, Luis was eager to start aggressive physical and occupational therapy. But when he arrived at Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital , Luis still had a ... Read More

  • Fernando D.

    Fernando D.

    Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital

    For years, Fernando De La Rosa suffered from constant pain in his lumbar spine. No injury or event seemed to have caused the pain. Over time, the pain began to worsen, radiating down his legs. This led to muscle spasms, numbness, and tingling. This led Fernando to seek answers and hopefully treatment. An MRI confirmed that Fernando had cord compression at the T10-T12 level. Initial attempts to treat him conservatively failed. Fernando then underwent surgery for a laminectomy and ... Read More

  • Juan G.

    Juan G.

    Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital

    Suffering a stroke puts you at greater risk of having a second one. In the United States, about 25% of strokes are recurrent , meaning the patient had a stroke previously. That's what happened to Juan Gonzalez. Recently, Juan returned to an independent level following his first stroke last year. No longer requiring any assistive devices, Juan also resumed driving. Then came stroke number two. The stroke left Juan with left-sided facial droop and slurred speech, as well as cognitive, ... Read More

  • Charles O.

    Charles O.

    Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital

    Charles Ortega's story goes back to one November day when he suffered a fall. He sought treatment at a local hospital. There, tests revealed that Charles, 74, suffered from osteomyelitis of the lumbar spine and left wrist. Osteomyelitis is an inflammation of the bone caused by infection. Doctors placed Charles on antibiotic therapy to treat his osteomyelitis. Four months later, Charles found himself back in the hospital. Experiencing shortness of breath and a fever of 103, Charles went to ... Read More

  • Phillip B.

    Phillip B.

    Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital

    One March day, Phillip (Phil) Banks, Sr. was involved in a high-speed motorcycle accident on Transmountain Road. He hit a retainer wall, sending the bike 200 feet across traffic. Phil was catapulted about ten feet into the air, spinning like a helicopter blade before hitting the side of the mountain, 50 feet away. The 51-year-old was transported to University Medical Center of El Paso. Phil admitted to UMC - El Paso's intensive care unit as a Level I trauma. Phil became hemodynamically ... Read More

  • Luis C.

    Luis C.

    Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital

    On August 3, 2019, tragedy struck El Paso when a mass shooter opened fire at a Walmart . The shooting left 22 dead, including Jorge Calvillo Garcia. His 33-year-old son, Luis, was injured but survived. Luis suffered gunshot wounds to his abdomen, back, and left thigh. Emergency personnel transported Luis to University Medical Center of El Paso. A long list of complications made Luis's stay at UMC a challenging one for his doctors. Those complications included: Acute deep vein thrombosis ... Read More

  • Delia R.

    Delia R.

    Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital

    "October 20th, 2019 is a day I will never forget!" That was the day Delia Rosales almost died. "As I was driving home from work, waiting at a stoplight, I got rear-ended by another vehicle," Delia recalled. "I walked out of my vehicle and noticed the other car was totaled. But we walked away." Delia returned home, thankful she escaped serious harm. But as the night went on, Delia didn't feel right. "Later that night, I felt pain and headed to the ER," Delia noted. "They took x-rays and ... Read More

  • Delia R.

    Delia R.

    Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital

    Delia Ronquillo, 89, has dealt with chronic pain for years. Yet, Delia recalls no trauma, accident, or injury that triggered the pain. When the pain became too much to bear, she sought relief from her physician. A spinal cord stimulator controlled the pain on a trial basis. This led Delia to undergo an elective thoracic spine laminectomy. As part of the procedure, a stimulator would be implanted permanently. After the surgery, Delia's leg pain improved significantly. However, Delia would ... Read More

  • Dejah H.

    Dejah H.

    Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital

    Dejah Hernandez's car accident was bad. The vehicle she was traveling in slammed into a concrete barrier at 60mph. It took emergency personnel an hour to extract Dejah from the vehicle. Fortunately, Dejah was wearing her seat belt and the airbags deployed. But the 18-year-old faced a significant recovery. Transported to University Medical Center in El Paso, Dejah was intubated in the ER. The list of injuries Dejah suffered was extensive: Left hip dislocation with posterior wall fracture ... Read More

  • Mary J.

    Mary J.

    Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital

    Mary Johnsen is a very pleasant 93-year-old lady who lives alone at home. One day, Mary fell and struck her head. Brought to the emergency room at The Hospitals of Providence Sierra Campus, Mary was found to be hypoxic with leukocytosis. She was admitted to THOP Sierra for respiratory failure. As a result of her illnesses, Mary's functional mobility was impaired. She also struggled with activities of daily living (ADLs). To address these deficiencies, Mary transferred to Highlands ... Read More

  • Gilberto G.

    Gilberto G.

    Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital

    Gilberto Garcia is a delightful, 59-year-old gentleman. Gilberto suffered an injury to his left foot, but the injury wasn't healing properly. Two weeks after sustaining the injury, the wound was increasing in size. Gilberto reported diminished sensation as the foot swelled. He also noticed a foul smell coming from the wound. He went to the emergency department at University Medical Center to get it checked out. They diagnosed Gilberto with necrotizing fasciitis. Gilberto required a ... Read More

  • Gail O.

    Gail O.

    Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital

    A substitute teacher at a local high school, Gail Omohundro stepped on a rock and rolled her ankle walking across campus one day. She fell and experienced an immediate onset of pain. The pain was accompanied by a popping sensation in her left hip. Immediately transported to the hospital, Gail was diagnosed with a left femoral shaft fracture. To repair Gail's broken hip, she underwent an intramedullary nailing procedure. The procedure, conducted by Dr. Nguyen, placed a rod in Gail's bone ... Read More

  • Ramon R.

    Ramon R.

    Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital

    Ramon Rios was having a normal morning at work when he started to feel unwell. He told his boss around noon he was leaving for home. Ramon called his wife, who noticed he sounded different with slurred speech. She instructed Ramon to go to the hospital as soon as possible. He drove himself to The Hospitals of Providence East Campus. According to Ramon, the symptoms started about an hour before he arrived at THOP East. His symptoms included right hemiparesis (weakness on the right side of ... Read More

  • Samuel I.

    Samuel I.

    Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital

    Samuel Ingram knew something wasn't right. His headaches were getting worse, now accompanied by dizziness and blurred vision. He went to The Hospitals of Providence - East Campus, where he was admitted. A CT scan revealed a malignant tumor on his left temporal lobe. Samuel had brain cancer. After speaking with his family, Samuel agreed to his doctor's recommendation of a craniotomy and resection of the tumor. Dr. Velimirovic performed the surgery successfully, but Samuel still had work to ... Read More

  • Isabel G.

    Isabel G.

    Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital

    No one expects a trip to the casino will end in the hospital. But that's what happened to Isabel Garcia when she suffered a fall at a local casino. Isabel describes the ground level fall as a "freak accident." After her fall, Isabel admitted to THOP Memorial. There, she was diagnosed with a closed displaced proximal right femur fracture -- or a broken right hip. Isabel underwent surgery to heal the fracture, but she wasn't ready to return home. The pain was still intense -- an ... Read More

  • Fernando M.

    Fernando M.

    Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital

    Fernando Montoya is lucky to be alive. Fernando was the rear passenger in a vehicle involved in an accident. He crawled out of the car shortly before it caught fire. The other three passengers did not survive the crash. Admitted to a local short-term acute care hospital, Fernando was treated for multiple injuries. He then transferred to Highlands Rehabilitation Hospital. When Fernando arrived at Highlands, he was in significant, uncontrolled pain. Due to the injuries suffered in the ... Read More