Van Matre named as a top HealthSouth rehab hospital - – Rockford’s News Leader

Van Matre named as a top HealthSouth rehab hospital



Rockford, IL - Dan Woloszyn, CEO of Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital (VMHS), has announced that Van Matre ranked number five in clinical quality for the fourth quarter of 2009 out of over 90 HealthSouth rehabilitation hospitals nationwide.

This is the thirteenth time Van Matre has achieved a clinical ranking placing them in the top ten and the seventh quarter Van Matre has been in the top five.

Von Parangalan, PT, Director of Therapy Operations at Van Matre states, "Our clinical ranking reflects our ability to provide excellent outcomes to patients suffering from stroke, brain and spinal cord injury, trauma, and neurological impairments. The fact that we have consistently ranked in the top ten of all HealthSouth rehabilitation hospitals is a testament to our ability to sustain high quality care to our patients and their families."

Each quarter, HealthSouth looks at all its inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and judges them on several performance measures including the gains patients made during inpatient rehab, the percentage of patients who were able to go home after inpatient rehab, and patient satisfaction scores. Below is an overview of how Van Matre performed for the fourth quarter of last year:

Average length of stay per patient was 13 days.

  • Patients' functional improvement scores increased by 35 points from admission to discharge which exceeded the standard goal of 25 points.
  • Patients made better functional improvements at VMHS when compared to regional and national norm data inclusive of both HealthSouth and other rehabilitation hospitals across the nation.
  • Eighty-six percent of all VMHS patients (not including those who were transferred to an acute care hospital) were able to go home at discharge.
  • Ninety-five percent of patients surveyed said they would recommend VMHS to family and friends.

Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital located in Rockford, is a partnership between HealthSouth Corporation and Rockford Health System.

HealthSouth is the nation's largest provider of inpatient rehabilitation services and strives to be the health care company of choice for its patients, employees, physicians and shareholders and can be found on the Web at <>.

Rockford Health System includes: Rockford Memorial Hospital, Rockford Health Physicians, Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Visiting Nurses Association and the Rockford Memorial Development Foundation and can be found on the Web at

For more information, please contact JoAnne Bonavia, Director of Marketing Operations at 815.381.8552.

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