The nation's largest system of rehabilitation hospitals, Encompass Health is the trusted choice of medical professionals.
Encompass Health is a national sponsor of Together to End Stroke
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Joint Commission Accreditation
At Van Matre Encompass Health Rehabilitation Institute, we are committed to helping you regain independence after a life-changing illness or injury. Located in Rockford, Illinois, we are a leading provider of inpatient rehabilitation for stroke, brain and 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 institute 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 institute 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 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.
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Chief Executive Officer
Jeff Reese was named CEO in April 2018 for Van Matre Rehabilitation Hospital. Jeff comes to Van Matre from Rusk Rehabilitation Center, an Encompass Health hospital, where he served as CFO/Controller. He earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in business administration from Northwest Missouri State University. He brings prior healthcare experience from the acute hospital setting at both SSM Health St. Mary’s in Jefferson City, MO and Lake Regional Health System in Osage Beach, MO. Jeff feels that exceptional healthcare is achieved through building a highly trained, caring staff that pursues the highest level of independence for every patient.
Dr. Talty is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He completed his medical degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Cincinnati, Ohio and his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Talty has held a number of administrative positions, among them are medical staff president, board member and Medical Executive Committee Chairman. He has provided attending physician coverage at Van Matre Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital since late 2017.
Dr. Talty is an independent private practice physician.
Director of Therapy Operations
Gemma has been employed with Encompass Health since 2008 when she began her career as a physical therapist. She has experience as an inpatient therapist and also as the outpatient therapy team leader. Gemma holds a bachelor’s degree in health science and a master’s degree in physical therapy from Northern Illinois University. She is the spinal cord injury program co-leader at Van Matre, a spinal cord injury clinical specialist and a corporate educator for Encompass Health. Gemma has been a leader of the Rockford spinal cord injury support group for more than 10 years and is a member of the Illinois Spinal Cord Injury Association, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals. Gemma has a passion for getting patients back to their highest level of independence in the community.
Regional Director of Pharmacy and Director of Pharmacy
Eric brings more than 18 years of pharmacy management experience to the director of pharmacy position at Van Matre Encompass Health. During this time, he has practiced in all facets of pharmaceutical care including inpatient, community and clinic settings. He is a graduate of St. Louis College of Pharmacy and participates in mentoring future pharmacists as an Adjunct Clinical Professor with University of Illinois at Rockford.
Facilities Management Director
Jimmy began as the facilities management director at Van Matre Rehabilitation Hospital 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 Quality and Risk Management
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.
Chief Nursing Officer
Chrisi brings more than 20 years’ nursing experience across the continuum of care to her role as chief nursing officer including trauma and post-acute care. She graduated from Broward Community College with an associate’s degree in nursing and Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Completed a master’s degree in nursing clinical leadership through Saint Xavier University in 2018. She is a member of IONL, AALTCN, NAON, ARN and Stateline Nurses Association.
Business Development Director
Tonya joined Van Matre Encompass Health in 2006. Prior to her role as BDD, Tonya served the hospital as the director of therapy operations for many years. In addition to being an active member of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce Lead 360 program for influential woman business leaders, she enjoys volunteering her time as a leader and board member for local youth organizations. She looks forward to advancing the opportunities for those in the Rockford area to receive the phenomenal care of the clinical experts at Van Matre. Tonya earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Clarke University and her doctoral degree from Temple University.
Director of Case Management
Amy has been with the case management department at Van Matre Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital 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.
Ken joined Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Cincinnati in 2015 with more than nine years of experience in public and corporate accounting. Prior to Encompass Health, he was an accounting manager at Mercy Health. Ken is a Certified Public Accountant and received a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from Ohio Northern University.
Human Resources Director
Prior to joining Encompass Health, Lauren spent more than a decade in various Human Resource roles. Most recently, she served as regional director of employee relations for Peoria based OSF HealthCare's Rockford region. She is from the Chicago-land area, and earned a bachelor's degree in human resource management from Judson University in Elgin, IL. Lauren is a member of the National Society for Human Resource Management, as well as Rockford Area Society for Human Resource Management. She holds both PHR and SHRM-CP certifications.
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