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Welcome to our hospital

At Van Matre Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital, 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 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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Superior amenities at our hospitals

Televisions

Telephones

Free WiFi

Courtyard

Tours available

Therapy dogs

Nonsmoking

Support groups

Interpreter services

Spanish translators available

Student observation hours

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We proudly display our Gold Seal of Approval™

Stroke Rehabilitation

Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in stroke rehabilitation.

Spinal Cord Rehabilitation

Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in spinal cord.

Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Our hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Disease-Specific Care Certification in brain injury rehabilitation.

Hospital happenings

We are honored to have been a part of reuniting James and Sharron Warren after they both recovered from COVID-19.

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The following region contains a Google 3D virtual tour feature that allows a user to view the Encompass Health facility. To assist screen reader users in understanding what is presented in the 3D virtual tour, each image view is independently described within lists that can be found under each linked heading. The room links below our virtual tour leave this website and go directly to Google maps to walk through the hospital.

Please click on the arrows to navigate through the hallways on each floor. Use the "L" options on the right-hand side of the tour window below to navigate through different areas/floors of the hospital for a full virtual tour. See a key to "L" areas below.

L0 - Lobby
  • Lobby/Foyer of hospital accessed through main hospital entrance.
  • Main desk in lobby entrance for receptionist and admitting area.
  • Chairs for patients and visitors to use and hallway leading to other areas of the hospital.
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  • Multiple tables and chairs for patients and visitors to eat together.
  • Vending machines for drinks and snacks available for purchase.
  • Buffet style food area with menu, utensils, and condiments to choose.
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  • Multiple tables throughout therapy gym to assist in patient therapies.
  • Exercise equipment throughout gym to be used with technologies in therapy sessions.
  • Small stairs to assist in building patient’s strength.
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  • Patient room with bed, bathroom, TV and chair for visitors.
  • Wardrobe with storage for personal effects is under the television.
  • Small desk area with chair.
  • Window with exterior view.
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  • Patient room with bed, bathroom, TV and chair for visitors.
  • Wardrobe with storage for personal effects is under the television.
  • Small desk area with chair.
  • Window with exterior view.

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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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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James Helmick
JAMES HELMICK

Facilities Management Director

Jimmy began as the facilities management director at Van Matre Rehabilitation Hospital in 2019.

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.

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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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Ken Snyder
Ken Snyder

Area Controller

Ken joined Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth in 2015 with more than nine years of experience in public and corporate accounting.

Ken joined Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth 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.

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Lauren Stoklosa
LAUREN STOKLOSA

Human Resources Director

Prior to joining Encompass Health, Lauren spent more than a decade in various Human Resource roles.

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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