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Welcome to our hospital

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.

What to expect

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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

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We proudly display our Gold Seal of Approval™

Joint Commission Accreditation

By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety, our hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission.

Hospital happenings

At the University of Iowa Health Network Rehabilitation Hospital, our staff utilizes group activities to improve patient outcomes and emotional growth after a traumatic event. Our speech and occupational therapy teams joined forces to provide a gardening group in our courtyard.

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Patients gardening

Hospital happenings

Betty had a stroke following a cardiac procedure that left her needing extensive assistance for all aspects of life. During her stay at the University of Iowa Health Network Rehabilitation Hospital, our team provided personalized care that addressed her needs.

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Betty

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

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.

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.

Dr. Chen is an independent private practice physician.

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Brenda Bell
BRENDA BELL

Chief Nursing Officer

With more than 26 years of acute care experience, Brenda Bell serves as the chief nursing officer.

With more than 26 years of acute care experience, Brenda Bell serves as the chief nursing officer at the University of Iowa Rehabilitation Health Network Hospital, a venture with Encompass Health.  Brenda has almost 12 years of leadership experience in critical care and cardiovascular services. She leads by example and works tirelessly to create a hospital environment that provides comfort, professionalism and respect for patients and staff. Brenda received a bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Iowa and a master's degree in nursing, with an emphasis in nursing administration, from Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids.

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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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Stacey Hodges
STACEY HODGES

Director of Therapy Operations

Stacey serves as director of therapy operations at University of Iowa Health Network Rehabilitation Hospital.

With 23 years of healthcare experience delivering therapy to all levels of care, Stacey serves as director of therapy operations at University of Iowa Health Network Rehabilitation Hospital, a venture with Encompass Health. Stacey earned her degree from St. Ambrose University in occupational therapy. Before joining the University of Iowa Health Network Rehabilitation Hospital, Stacey 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. Stacey’s 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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Bradley Morrison
BRADLEY MORRISON

Business Development Director

Brad began his career with Encompass Health in 2017, originally in Kansas.

Brad began his career with Encompass Health in 2017, originally in Kansas. He joined the University of Iowa Health Network Rehabilitation Hospital, a venture with Encompass Health in 2022 and currently serves as the business development director. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Fort Hays State University with his bachelor’s degree in nursing. He carries 14 years of clinical experience mixed with his previous experience in sales and marketing.

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Elizabeth Nissen
BETH NISSEN

Human Resources Director

Beth has more than 20 years of human resources and payroll experience, with 16 years in the healthcare industry.

Beth has more than 20 years of human resources and payroll experience, with 16 years in the healthcare industry. Prior to joining University of Iowa Health Network Rehabilitation Hospital, a venture with Encompass Health, Beth worked as the human resources director in the Chicagoland area at a large acute care hospital. She also has held progressive human resources roles in Florida, Nebraska, Iowa and Alabama. Beth graduated from Clarke University with a degree in business administration. Beth’s mission is to help staff realize both personal and professional success to ensure the safe delivery of quality care to our patients.

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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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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