Superior amenities at our hospitals

Televisions
Telephones
Free WiFi
Courtyard
Tours available
Pet friendly
Nonsmoking
Support groups
Pool
Interpreter services
Spanish translators available
Student observation hours

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We proudly display our Gold Seal of Approval™

Stroke Rehabilitation

Our stroke rehabilitation program has earned Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission.

Spinal Cord Rehabilitation

Our spinal cord rehabilitation program has earned Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission.

Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Our brain injury rehabilitation program has earned Disease-Specific Care Certification from The Joint Commission.

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Leadership and staff

 Jeffrey Reese
JEFFREY REESE

Chief Executive Officer

Jeff Reese was named CEO in April 2018 for Van Matre Rehabilitation Hospital.

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.

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Stephen Talty
Stephen Talty

Medical Director

Dr. Talty is board certified by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

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.

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Angela Bergman
ANGELA BERGMAN, RN, BSN, CRRN, CPHRM

Director of Quality, Risk, HIM, HIPAA

Angela began working for Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, in 2004 as a CNA.

Angela began working for Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, in 2004 as a CNA. She later worked as an RN and PPS Coordinator before taking the Directory of Quality position in 2013. Angela holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from St. Anthony College of Nursing, as well as a bachelor's degree in Agriculture - Animal Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With certifications in Rehab Nursing and HealthCare Risk Management. She is a member of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses and the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management.

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Ivan Brown
Ivan Brown

Human Resource Director

Ivan Brown is a senior human resources professional with more than 15 years of human resources experience in various industries.

Ivan Brown is a senior human resources professional with more than 15 years of human resources experience in various industries. A solutions-focused self-starter, he is adamant on building collaborative relationships with employees at all levels and is also committed to developing, retaining and providing Van Matre’s most valuable asset- its people- with a rewarding career experience. Ivan has a Master in Jurisprudence degree from Loyola University Chicago. In addition, he’s earned his Master in Business Administration degree from the Keller Graduate School of Management, along with his Professional in Human Resources Certificate (PHR) from DePaul University.

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Michele Diedrichs
MICHELE DIEDRICHS

Business Development Director

Michele has more than a decade of experience in healthcare with focus in the areas of home care, hospice, marketing and business development, along with payer and physician relations.

Michele has more than a decade of experience in healthcare with focus in the areas of home care, hospice, marketing and business development, along with payer and physician relations. She earned an undergraduate degree in communication disorder work from Northern Illinois University and has a MBA in health care management from University of Phoenix.

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Gemma Fletcher
Gemma Fletcher, PT

Director of Case Management

Gemma has been employed with Encompass Health, formerly Health South, since 2008 when she began her career as a physical therapist.

Gemma has been employed with Encompass Health, formerly Health South, 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.

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Eric Guile
ERIC GUILE

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, formerly Van Matre HealthSouth.

Eric brings more than 18 years of pharmacy management experience to the director of pharmacy position at Van Matre Encompass Health, formerly Van Matre HealthSouth. 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.

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Chrisi Karcz
CHRISI KARCZ MSN, BSN, RN

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.

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.

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 Tonya Markert
TONYA MARKERT, PT, DPT

Director of Therapy Operations

Tonya has practiced in the field of physical therapy for more than 10 years.

Tonya has practiced in the field of physical therapy for more than 10 years. She began her career with Van Matre Encompass Health, formerly Van Matre HealthSouth, in 2006, beginning as a staff physical therapist. Tonya holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Clarke University and doctor of physical therapy from Temple University. Tonya is a Neuro-IFRAH certified therapist.

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