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At University of Iowa Health Network Rehabilitation Hospital, a venture with Encompass Health, we are committed to helping you regain independence after a life-changing illness or injury. Serving the greater Iowa city area, we are a leading provider of inpatient rehabilitation for stroke, spinal cord injury and other complex neurological and orthopedic conditions.

Using clinical collaboration and advanced technologies, we provide a personalized care plan designed to meet your unique needs and help you achieve your goals.

Our inpatient rehabilitation hospital uses an interdisciplinary team approach that includes physical, speech and occupational therapists, rehabilitation physicians, rehabilitation nurses, case managers, dietitians and more, combined with our advanced technology and expertise, to help you achieve your goals. You will receive at least three hours of therapy five days per week while under the constant care of registered nurses, many of whom specialize in rehabilitation, and frequent independent private practice physician* visits.

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

*The hospital provides access to independent physicians.

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Our hospital

We deliver connected care and superior outcomes through our state-of-the-art inpatient rehabilitation hospital.

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Superior amenities at our hospitals

Nonsmoking

Cafeteria

Pet friendly

Free WiFi

Student observation hours

40 Beds

Telephones

Televisions

Hospital happenings

A U.S. Navy veteran born July 3, Ken Goss was spending both his birthday and Independence Day at our hospital. Not wanting to miss the tradition of singing “very badly” in celebration of his birthday, Ken’s daughter asked if it would be possible to have a birthday party for her dad. Our team was able to safely accommodate this request with masks and social distancing. We’re glad to have helped keep this tradition alive and remind Ken that his family was fighting alongside him.

- University of Iowa Health Network Rehabilitation Hospital, a venture with Encompass Health

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Ken Goss

Leadership and staff

Angela Zaremba
Angela Zaremba

Chief Executive Officer

Angela came to the University of Iowa Health Network Rehabilitation Hospital from The Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio where she served as an associate administrator.

Angela came to the University of Iowa Health Network Rehabilitation Hospital from The Rehabilitation Institute of Ohio, formerly Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Dayton, where she served as an associate administrator. Angela brings more than 20 years of healthcare experience to the University of Iowa Rehabilitation Hospital. In addition to her clinical background, Angela also brings a knowledge of quality and risk management, and several years of hospital operational and executive leadership. She is a Kentucky native, and has an associate’s degree in respiratory sciences from the University of Louisville, a bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration, and a master’s degree in business administration from Ottawa University.

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Philip Chen
PHILIP CHEN

Medical Director

Dr. Philip Chen is a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician (PM&R) providing inpatient rehabilitation services for patients at the University of Iowa Health Network Rehabilitation Hospital, a joint venture between University of Iowa Health Systems and Encompass Health.

Dr. Philip Chen is a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician (PM&R) providing inpatient rehabilitation services for patients at the University of Iowa Health Network Rehabilitation Hospital, a joint venture between University of Iowa Health Systems and Encompass Health. Dr. Chen joined the University of Iowa health care faculty in 2017 to grow PM&R services. Dr. Chen received his medical degree from University of Iowa's Carver College of Medicine, followed by a residency at the University of Michigan, where he was chief resident, and completed a spinal cord injury fellowship. He is board certified in PM&R, and has a subspecialty board certification in spinal cord injury medicine.

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Katie Finkey
KATIE FINKEY, PHARMD

Director of Pharmacy

Katie Finkey serves as the director of pharmacy at The University of Iowa Health Network Rehabilitation Hospital.

Katie Finkey serves as the director of pharmacy at The University of Iowa Health Network Rehabilitation Hospital. She graduated with her doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy, and before joining the University of Iowa Rehab Hospital, was a pharmacy manager for Walgreens. Katie brings with her a passion for quality patient care and patient education. She is also a member of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

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Nicole Gerdts
NICOLE GERDTS, MBA, BSN, RN, CIC

Director of Quality and Risk Management

With more than 26 years of acute care nursing experience, Nicole serves as the director of quality and risk at the University of Iowa Health Network Rehabilitation Hospital.

With more than 26 years of acute care nursing experience, Nicole serves as the director of quality and risk at the University of Iowa Health Network Rehabilitation Hospital. She earned her bachelor's degree in Nursing from the University of Iowa and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Dubuque. Before joining the Iowa Rehab Hospital, Nicole worked in acute care as a certified infection preventionist. She is a proud past honoree of the 100 Great Iowa Nurses award.

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Stacey Hodges
STACEY HODGES

Director of Therapy Operations

With 23 years of healthcare experience delivering therapy to all levels of care, Hodges serves as director of therapy operations at University of Iowa Health Network Rehabilitation Hospital, a venture with Encompass Health.

With 23 years of healthcare experience delivering therapy to all levels of care, Hodges serves as director of therapy operations at University of Iowa Health Network Rehabilitation Hospital, a venture with Encompass Health. Hodges earned her degree from St. Ambrose University in occupational therapy. Before joining the University of Iowa Health Network Rehabilitation Hospital, Hodges held positions as senior occupational therapist at St. Luke’s Hospital, director of therapy for rehab visions, and occupational therapist at the University of Iowa Hospital. Hodges’ passion is delivering the best individualized therapy to her patients so they can achieve their goals and return to their prior status.

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Nicole Jaeger
NICOLE JAEGER

Human Resources Director

Nicole has spent over 20 years in healthcare working in human resources and management.

Nicole has spent over 20 years in healthcare working in human resources and management. Nicole started her healthcare career with the Mercy Care clinics in Cedar Rapids and then joined Mercy Medical Center. Later Nicole joined the UnityPoint Health System and worked at Jones Regional Medical Center in Anamosa and then transferred to UnityPoint clinics. Nicole holds a bachelor's degree in business from Mount Mercy College.

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Brianne Nicholson
BRIANNE NICHOLSON

Business Development Director

Brianne brings nearly 10 years of clinical experience from a variety of settings, including acute care, home care and long term care.

Brianne brings nearly 10 years of clinical experience from a variety of settings, including acute care, home care and long term care. Brianne received a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa and a master's degree from St. Ambrose University, both in speech-language pathology. In addition to her clinical expertise, she has strengths in communication and relationship building and is dedicated to providing an outstanding customer and patient experience. Brianne also has a passion for assisting and leading others to success.

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Allyson Petrone
ALLYSON PETRONE, RN, BSN

Chief Nursing Officer

With over 20 years of healthcare experience ranging from direct patient care in intensive care and hospice settings to various administrative roles, Petrone serves as chief nursing officer at University of Iowa Health Network Rehabilitation Hospital, a venture with Encompass Health.

With over 20 years of healthcare experience ranging from direct patient care in intensive care and hospice settings to various administrative roles, Petrone serves as chief nursing officer at University of Iowa Health Network Rehabilitation Hospital, a venture with Encompass Health. Petrone earned her bachelor's degree in nursing at the University of Maryland. Before joining the University of Iowa Health Network Rehabilitation Hospital, Petrone held positions as the assistant director of nursing at Mercy Hospital, Iowa City and assistant director of the University of Iowa Community Clinics. She is a member of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) and has a passion to serve people and change the way healthcare is delivered.

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Joshua Schultz
JOSHUA SCHULTZ

Facilities Management Director

Joshua, a Cedar Rapids, Iowa native, brings more than six years of experience in healthcare facilities management. 

Joshua, a Cedar Rapids, Iowa native, brings more than six years of experience in healthcare facilities management. Prior to joining the University of Iowa Health Network Rehabilitation Hospital, his experience was working for HCA Healthcare in Texas. His drive and passion and attention to detail in improving for environmental, health and safety standards helped him propel his career from maintenance technician to regulatory compliance supervisor to manager to director for a 350-bed hospital. Joshua’s focus is on advancing our hospital’s environment of care.

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Tammy Smith
TAMMY SMITH

Director of Case Management

Tammy has 14 years of experience as a social worker. 

Tammy has 14 years of experience as a social worker. She received bachelor’s degrees in integrative biology and social welfare from the University of California at Berkeley. She pursued a master’s degree in social work at University of Iowa and graduated in 2006 with honors. She has experience in independent, assisted, skilled, long term, and memory care facilities. She is a consultant for the University of Iowa School of Social Work research team and is a member of a National Social Work Network to assist other social workers. Her passion for keeping the disabled and elderly population in their community homes has led her to her position at University of Iowa Network Rehabilitation Hospital, a venture with Encompass Health.

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Gary Ward
GARY WARD

Controller

Gary joined University of Iowa Health Network Rehabilitation Hospital in February 2020 as Controller.

Gary joined University of Iowa Health Network Rehabilitation Hospital in February 2020 as Controller. Prior to joining the Iowa Rehab Hospital, he spent more than 25 years as a finance executive in the health care industry. Gary is responsible for assuring that his team and the hospital are effectively equipped with all the tools to treat patients in a high quality, yet cost effective manner. Gary received his MBA from the University of Iowa and holds his CPA license in the state of Iowa.

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What to expect

Take a look at what happens during a stay at our hospital

Watch the videos

Get in touch with us

Complete a short form to have someone contact you regarding inpatient rehabilitation.

Contact us

Our hospital

We deliver connected care and superior outcomes through our state-of-the-art inpatient rehabilitation hospital.

Learn about our hospital