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About our institute

Encompass Health and UnityPoint Health – Trinity are not just building a new hospital. Together, we’re investing in your community’s future. Healthcare is constantly evolving, and at The Quad Cities Rehabilitation Institute, we pride ourselves in delivering exceptional rehabilitation services in a state-of-the-art hospital setting.*

As a 40-bed free-standing hospital, The Quad Cities Rehabilitation Institute will provide the team, the technology and best practices that help patients achieve their highest levels of independence with the confidence they need to get back to what matters most.

*As an inpatient rehabilitation services provider, The Quad Cities Rehabilitation Institute does not have an emergency services department.

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40 Beds

Cafeteria

Free WiFi

Nonsmoking

Volunteers

Student observation hours

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Hospital Happenings

The Quad Cities Rehabilitation Institute staff, families, and furry friends recently participated in the American Heart Association’s Quad Cities Heart Walk to help raise lifesaving funds to help defeat heart disease and stroke.

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Quad Cities Heart Walk

Leadership and staff

Tammy Pauwels
TAMMY PAUWELS

Chief Executive Officer

Tammy joined Encompass Health in January 2022 as the inaugural CEO of The Quad Cities Rehabilitation Institute.

Tammy joined Encompass Health in January 2022 as the inaugural CEO of The Quad Cities Rehabilitation Institute. Tammy has served in multiple leadership roles at UnityPoint Health Trinity for more than four decades, including her most recent role as director of operations and president for Trinity Health Enterprises. She previously served as the executive director of outpatient services and the executive director of the Trinity Moline hospital campus. Tammy founded and served as the director of UnityPoint Health Trinity’s home medical equipment division for more than 30 years. Tammy earned her bachelor’s degree in applied management studies at St. Ambrose University. She serves on a variety of Quad City community boards and is a long-term committee chair for the John Deere Classic.

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Albert Park
ALBERT PARK, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Park is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation.

Dr. Park is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation. He received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and completed his residency at Harvard Medical School’s Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Park is dedicated to helping patients maximize recovery after an illness or injury and to improve their quality of life.

Dr. Park is an independent private practice physician.

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Lavern Balk
LAVERN BALK, CPA, MBA

Controller

Lavern is a financial and business professional with more than 30 years of diverse experience.

Lavern is a financial and business professional with more than 30 years of diverse experience in controller, financial management and operations roles. He has worked in the healthcare industry for seven years. Lavern has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from Augustana College, a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Iowa and is a certified public accountant.

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Alison Beardsley
ALISON BEARDSLEY, MHA

Business Development Director

Alison Beardsley brings more than 25 years of healthcare leadership to The Quad Cities Rehabilitation Institute.

Alison Beardsley brings more than 25 years of healthcare leadership to The Quad Cities Rehabilitation Institute. Her experience includes financial analysis, strategic planning and operational leadership. She most recently served as the director of oncology for UnityPoint Health Trinity. A Quad Cities native, Alison graduated from The University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in social work and subsequently a master’s degree in health administration.

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Jessica Crippen
JESSICA CRIPPEN, LCSW

Director of Case Management

Jessica brings more than 15 years of case management experience in rehabilitation.

Jessica brings more than 15 years of case management experience in rehabilitation to The Quad Cities Rehabilitation Institute, mostly recently working for UnityPoint Health Trinity. She received both her bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in social work from West Virginia University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

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Mike El-Kass
MIKE EL-KASS, PharmD, RPh

Director of Pharmacy

Mike brings more than seven years of acute care pharmacy experience to The Quad Cities Rehabilitation Institute.

Mike, a Quad Cities native, brings more than seven years of acute care pharmacy experience to The Quad Cities Rehabilitation Institute. His most recent role was as a lead pharmacist at UnityPoint Health Trinity. Mike graduated from the University of Iowa in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and again in 2016 with a Doctor of Pharmacy.

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Scott Griffin
SCOTT GRIFFIN

Director of Facilities Management

Scott has more than 10 years of experience in construction and healthcare management.

Scott has more than 10 years of experience in construction and healthcare management. Originally from a small town in Iowa, he has been a resident of the Quad Cities since 2012. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in construction management and a minor in business administration.

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Ryan Heuer
RYAN HEUER, PT, DPT

Director of Therapy

Ryan brings more than 20 years of healthcare experience to The Quad Cities Rehabilitation Institute.

Ryan brings more than 20 years of healthcare experience to The Quad Cities Rehabilitation Institute. He served as the outpatient lead therapist and most recently as the inpatient therapy manager for UnityPoint Health Trinity. He began his career as a staff physical therapist at UnityPoint Health Trinity. A Quad Cities native, he graduated from Clarke University with a master’s degree in physical therapy and received a Doctor of Physical Therapy from St. Ambrose University.

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Aaron Van Lauwe
AARON VAN LAUWE

Human Resources Director

Aaron has 17 years of diverse human resources experience, with 10 of those in the healthcare industry.

Aaron has 17 years of diverse human resources experience, with 10 of those in the healthcare industry. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from Augustana College and a master’s degree in human resources management from Marquette University. He has maintained his professional in human resources certificate since 2010.

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Alyssa Van Melkebeke
ALYSSA VANMELKEBEKE, MSN, RN

Chief Nursing Officer

Alyssa graduated from Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences with an associate degree in nursing.

Alyssa is from the rural Quad Cities area. She graduated from Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences with an associate degree in nursing and obtained her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Western Governors University. After several years of diverse nursing practice, she obtained a master’s degree in science of nursing with a specialty in leadership and management from Western Governors University.

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Katie Werts
KATHERINE WERTS, RT(R), BA, MHA

Director of Quality & Risk

Katherine brings more than 20 years of healthcare expertise to The Quad Cities Rehabilitation Institute.

Katherine brings more than 20 years of healthcare expertise to The Quad Cities Rehabilitation Institute. A Quad Cities native, she began her career as a radiologic technologist. After finding her passion in healthcare leadership, project management and performance improvement, she returned to school and obtained her master’s degree in health administration from Ashford University.

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