Van Matre HealthSouth rates tops in nation

For the third time, Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital (VMHS) has earned honors as one of the top HealthSouth rehabilitation hospitals. Van Matre ranked second in clinical quality out of mroe than 90 HealthSouth rehabilitation hospitals nationwide for the fourth Quarter of 2006.

Each quarter, HealthSouth looks at all its inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and judges them on several performance measures. Below is an overview of how Van Matre performed.

Average length of stay per patient was 13 days.

Patients’ functional improvement scores increased by 35 points from admission to discharge.

Patients made better functional improvements at VMHS when compared with regional and national norm data inclusive of both HealthSouth and other rehabilitation hospitals across the nation.

92 percent of all VMHS patients (not including those who were transferred to an acute care hospital) were able to go home at discharge.

VMHS received high scores for patient satisfaction.

“As a rehabilitation hospital, we not only deliver the highest level of rehab care in our area, but with a clinical quality that has been nationally recognized,” said Dan Woloszyn, CEO. “I am extremely proud of our staff of talented physicians, therapists, clinicians and nurses whose daily efforts contribute to such excellent results for our patients.”

Van Matre HealthSouth, a 40-bed rehabilitation hospital in Rockford, is a partnership between HealthSouth Corporation and Rockford Health System.

HealthSouth is one of the nation’s largest providers of health care services, operating outpatient surgery, diagnostic imaging and rehabilitative health care facilities nationwide. HealthSouth 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, contact JoAnne Bonavia, director of Marketing Operations, at 815-381-8552.

from the March 14-20, 2007, issue

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