Leadership & Staff
Elizabeth Izquierdo, CPA, MS
Chief Executive Officer
Elizabeth brings many years of acute care hospital experience to HealthSouth. She is a former chief financial officer of several major acute care facilities throughout south Florida and is well versed in financial management and operational efficiency. Elizabeth received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. Thomas University and a master’s degree in accounting from Florida International University. In addition to overseeing all the operational aspects of HealthSouth Miami, Elizabeth also participates in the local Chambers of Commerce to educate and network with other businesses on HealthSouth Miami's outstanding outcomes, extensive technology, and rehabilitation expertise.
Lourdes Nunez, M.D. is a family practitioner and the medical director at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Miami. She also maintains a family medicine practice for outpatients at her Kendall office on 120th Street. Dr. Nunez has been on staff at HealthSouth since 2000. Her presence in the facility has brought a competent and calming component to her patients, family members and staff.
Dr. Nunez received her medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She completed her internship and residency in family practice at the Good Samaritan Regional Medical in Phoenix, Arizona.
Dr. Nunez’s approach is gentle, but thorough. She is a proponent of preventative measures for optimum health and open-minded to alternative healthcare practices.
Lourdes Nunez, M.D. is an independent private practice physician whose office is located at the hospital.
Luis E. Aguiar, FMG
Director of Marketing Operations
Luis is the director of marketing operations for HealthSouth Miami and has more than 18 years of medical experience working in an array of positions including as a physician for 13 years, director of case management, clinical marketing liaison and admissions liaison. He received his medical degree at Medical University of Villa Clara, Cuba. Luis offers expert level skills in the areas of clinical protocols, regulatory requirements, marketing, communications, admissions and technology management and is accustomed to collaborating with various departments to obtain desired goals and maintain an efficient and effective process.
Director of Quality & Risk Management
Carlos Garcia has extensive experience in Hospital Compliance/Administration, Quality and Risk Management. He was with Larkin Community Hospital for 3 years and Metropolitan Hospital of Miami (formerly Pan American Hospital) for over 20 years. Mr. Garcia holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Hospital Administration and Policy from University of Miami and a Bachelors Degree in Biology with a minor in Medical Laboratory Sciences from Barry University. Additionally, he is a licensed health care risk manager in the state of Florida.
Reyna M. Hernandez, CPA, MBA
Chief Financial Officer
Reyna has more than 10 years of progressively responsible experience in the areas of healthcare administration, finance and accounting. She has worked in different sectors within the healthcare industry including acute care hospitals and managed care companies. Reyna received a bachelor’s degree in accounting, graduating cum laude with highest honors and a master’s degree in business administration from Florida International University. She is a certified public accountant.
Kenneth Peters, MS CCC-SLP
Director of Therapy Operations
Kenneth brings more than 13 years of clinical experience to HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Miami. In addition to overseeing therapy operations at HealthSouth, he is the program coordinator of the Joint Commission Disease-Specific Certified Stroke Rehabilitation Program. He is a graduate of the State University of New York College at Buffalo where he received his bachelor's and master's degrees in speech-language pathology. Kenneth has advanced specialty certifications including VitalStimulation/Experia, Sona-Speech Acoustic and Aerodynamic Measurements of Voice Disorders, Myofascial Release Techniques and Dysphagia Management.
Director of Human Resources
Susan has more than 15 years of human resources experience in both the healthcare and aviation industry. She received her bachelor's degree from Barry University, with an emphasis in human resources management.
Chief Nursing Officer
Ellen brings experienced nursing leadership in both for profit and not for profit Magnet hospitals in the Miami market, most recently Mercy Hospital, where she held the position of director of women's services, prior to that, assistant director of surgical nursing services, bariatrics and ortho/spine. Prior to Mercy Hospital she held nursing leadership roles at Baptist Hospital and Kendall Regional Medical Center. Her educational background includes a diploma in nursing from Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, a BSN from Barry University and an MSHSA from Nova Southeastern University. She is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. She has been a member of the Florida Organization of Nurse Executives for several years and served on the board of the South Florida chapter of SFONE. She has won many nursing leadership awards from SFONE.