Rehabilitation to be close to home

Rehabilitation to be close to home

By Shellie Berg

By Shellie Berg

Staff Reporter

Trips to Madison, Milwaukee or Chicago for special rehabilitation will soon be unnecessary.

Rockford Health System announced the construction of the Rockford-based Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital Friday at the mayor’s weekly press conference.

The $15 million facility, 950 S. Mulford Rd., will be the sole inpatient rehabilitation center in the 14-county region. The center will provide brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, amputation, neurological disorders, arthritis and multiple trauma care.

The project was moved forward with the help of HealthSouth Corporation and Rockford Health System. Schmeling Construction will complete construction this summer. In June, patients will get to move to the center.

Rockford Health System President/CEO Gary Kaatz stated the hospital’s rehabilitation program started in 1967. However, 30,000 sq. foot unit in the hospital needed more room and the facility will expand the room by 20,000 more sq. feet.

“We’ll have enhanced capability,” Paul Willis, M.D. and medical director of the new facility, said. He noted that the facility will allow for more extensive work in such areas as brain surgery.

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