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At RUSK Rehabilitation Hospital, an affiliation of Encompass Health and MU Health Care, we are committed to helping you regain independence after a life-changing illness or injury. Located in Columbia and serving rural and urban communities across Missouri, we are a leading provider of inpatient rehabilitation for stroke, brain injury, hip fracture 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 has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in amputee rehabilitation.
Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in brain injury rehabilitation.
Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in hip fracture 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 stroke rehabilitation.
Chief Executive Officer
John M. Dawes joined Rusk Rehabilitation Hospital, formerly Rusk Rehabilitation Center in January 2017 as CEO in which he oversees the day-to-day operations as well as patient quality and care. Bringing more than 35 years of healthcare leadership experience to the role, he most recently oversaw 101 licensed beds in an acute care setting. He achieved his bachelor’s degree in healthcare administration from Wichita State University and a master’s degree in healthcare administration from Washington University School of Medicine. John is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has received many honors for his work as a healthcare leader including the 2014 American Hospital Association’s Grassroots Champion Award for Missouri and the 2015 Missouri Hospital Association Visionary Leadership Award.
Dr. Worsowicz became the Chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Missouri, and Medical Director of Rusk Rehabilitation Hospital, formerly Rusk Rehabilitation Center in 2002. He oversees the clinical, educational, and research programs offered at the Rusk Rehabilitation Hospital. His clinical and research interests include developing post-acute rehabilitation programs, healthcare policy, and geriatric rehabilitation. He feels that the healthcare team at Rusk is prepared to face the future challenges of our healthcare system.
Norman joined Rusk Rehabilitation Hospital, a joint venture of Encompass Health and MU Health Care, in 2018 as the controller with 12 years of hospital accounting experience. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting, a master’s degree in business management with emphasis in accounting, and a master’s degree in sociology.
Director Therapy Operations
David Fredericks graduated in 2011 from the University of Nebraska Medical Center with his doctorate in physical therapy. He has spent his career working with a wide variety of diagnosis in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. David holds geriatric and neurological specialties with a specific interest in Parkinson’s disease. Prior to joining the RUSK Rehabilitation Hospital in 2019, David helped open two inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in California and Washington where he was the director of therapy operations.
Business Development Director
Monica received her bachelor’s degree in communications and marketing in 2009 and her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 2010. Monica joined Rusk Rehabilitation Hospital, formerly Rusk Rehabilitation Center in June of 2011 and is a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse. Monica’s clinical background includes brain injury, stroke and spinal cord rehabilitation. In 2014, Monica received her master’s degree in executive nursing administration from the University of South Alabama. Monica enjoys helping patients enhance their quality of life.
Chief Nursing Officer
Lori joined Rusk in October of 2014. She earned her master’s degree in nursing and master’s degree in health administration from the University of Phoenix and achieved board certification as a nurse executive in 2011. Lori’s clinical background is in emergency medicine, intensive care, and rehabilitation, as well as, nurse leadership. Lori believes that rehabilitation nursing is the most rewarding field of nursing because nurses have the opportunity to inspire hope for individuals with life changing events.
Director of Pharmacy
Dr. Martin joined Rusk Rehabilitation Hospital, a joint venture of Encompass Health and MU Health Care, in 2017 as the director of pharmacy. She earned her Doctor of Pharmacy in 2016 from UMKC School of Pharmacy, and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Missouri Columbia in 2004. In her role, focus is optimizing medication management and reducing poly-pharmacy to improve patients’ quality of life.
Director of Human Resources
Robin joined Rusk Rehabilitation Hospital, formerly Rusk Rehabilitation Center in 1997, when Rusk became a joint venture of Encompass Health and the University of Missouri. She earned her bachelor's degree in business administration from Columbia College and has worked in the Columbia, MO healthcare community for more than 25 years.
Director of Quality Assurance and Risk Management
Mary joined Rusk Rehabilitation Center in December 2011. She has a master's degree in Health Care Leadership from the University Of Missouri Sinclair School Of Nursing. Mary’s clinical background includes specialty areas of trauma, medical- surgical nursing, behavioral health, and leadership skills. Her experience with CMS and Joint Commission surveys will provide an in-house resource for staff and peers. She is excited to bring her experience and knowledge of evidence based practice to the Rusk patient population and staff.
Director of Case Management
Amy joined Rusk in 2011 as director of case management. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Stephens College and her master’s in Social Work from the University of Missouri Columbia. She comes to Rusk with six years of acute care case management experience. Amy’s enthusiasm for her role at Rusk comes from working with a team of experts who are dedicated to making miracles happen.
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