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We know that choosing where to receive care after a life-changing illness or injury is an important decision for you and your loved ones. At Van Matre Encompass Health Rehabilitation Institute, we are committed to helping you get back to what matters most. We are a leading provider of inpatient rehabilitation for stroke, brain injury, hip fracture and other complex neurological and orthopedic conditions.*
When you choose Van Matre Encompass Health Rehabilitation Institute for your rehabilitation, you receive compassionate care from an expert team of physical, occupational and speech therapists; physicians; nurses; dietitians; pharmacists; and case managers who work together to create a plan to help you meet your unique goals.
At our institute you will receive:
Rehabilitation is covered in full or part by most health insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid. Our institute has contracts with most major insurance companies and is willing to negotiate with other companies, as needed.
*As an inpatient rehabilitation services provider, Van Matre Encompass Health Rehabilitation Institute does not have an emergency services department.
**The hospital provides access to independent physicians.
Each patient’s recovery is different. At Van Matre Encompass Health Rehabilitation Institute, our expert clinicians combine the latest technologies, real-world simulations and advanced therapies into a treatment plan that helps you achieve what’s important to you. Our specialties include but are not limited to:
Spanish translators available
Student observation hours
Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in stroke rehabilitation.
Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in spinal cord.
Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in brain injury rehabilitation.
Dr. Syed joined Van Matre Encompass Health Rehabilitation Institute as a physiatrist in 2022.
Dr. Syed joined Van Matre Encompass Health Rehabilitation Institute as a physiatrist in 2022. He holds a bachelor's degree in biological sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago and obtained his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree from Marian University. He completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at SUNY Upstate. Dr. Syed is dedicated to providing compassionate patient care and helping patients regain their independence and quality of life.
Dr. Syed is an independent private practice physician.
Chief Nursing Officer
Robyn joined Van Matre as a nursing student in 2017 and has found success growing from within the organization. She holds a bachelor's degree from Chamberlain University and is currently pursuing her specialty track master's degree as a nurse executive. With more than 15 years in the healthcare field, she is a strong advocate for patients, safety initiatives and staff development.
Facilities Management Director
Jimmy began as the facilities management director at Van Matre Encompass Health Rehabilitation Institute in 2019. He brings with him 15 years of experience in operational leadership, process improvement, and change management. Jimmy graduated from The Ohio State University with a BSBA focused on operations management.
Director of Human Resources
Karli is a human resource professional with extensive experience in forward-thinking human resources, specifically in the healthcare industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in human resources/organizational leadership with additional focus in business administration.
Director of Quality & Risk
Alyssa has been with Encompass Health since 2009 when she began her career as a speech-language pathologist. She has experience as both an inpatient and outpatient therapist and also as the speech therapy team leader. Alyssa holds a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in speech pathology from the University of South Carolina Columbia. She is a member of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, holds a brain injury specialist trainer certification, and serves as a corporate educator for Encompass Health. Alyssa’s focus is to achieve continuous improvement in patient satisfaction initiatives, quality reviews and advanced hospital certification.
Business Development Director
Laura joined Van Matre Encompass Health Rehabilitation Institute as business development director in 2022 and holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University. With more than 20 years of marketing and management experience, she continuously focuses on patient experience and community engagement through the development of a compassionate and professional team.
Director of Case Management
Amy has been with the case management department at Van Matre Encompass Health Rehabilitation Institute since 2016, and has been director of case management since December 2020. Amy earned her master's degree in social work at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and is a licensed clinical social worker. Amy has case management experience in both the outpatient and inpatient settings and has extensive knowledge of community resources. Amy’s focus is to work with the interdisciplinary team to help patients achieve independence and help identify barriers patients may have in reaching their full potential.
Director of Pharmacy
Ashley has been with Encompass Health since 2019, starting as a staff pharmacist, moving into the pharmacy supervisor position, and now continuing as the director of pharmacy at Van Matre Encompass Health Rehabilitation Institute. Ashley holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and minor in chemistry from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, along with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Rosalind Franklin University. Ashley is dedicated to working with our interdisciplinary team to ensure patients understand and are comfortable taking their medication regimens at home. She works with the University of Illinois at Rockford, mentoring future pharmacists during their clinical rotations.