2016 James Brady Award Recipient


Van Matre HealthSouth

It is with great pleasure that the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of Illinois announces that Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital is the recipient of the 2016 James Brady Award.

This award is given to the person or institution who has made significant contributions to improving the lives of persons with brain injury. We are proud to honor Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital for their leadership and for the many contributions made to the field of acquired brain injury and rehabilitation. The hospital offers programs addressing brain injury including stroke, spinal cord injury, amputation, neurological disorders, and orthopedic injuries. They are designed to return patients to leading active and independent lives in the Rockford, northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin regions.

The Headlines Brain Injury Support Group in Rockford has been meeting for more than 25 years. Additional support groups at Van Matre focus on spinal cord injury, stroke, aphasia, amputees, and young adults living with disabilities. Van Matre is committed to providing resources and support to those who are living with the effects of disabilities, along with providing education and support to both the individual and family member. The Brain Injury Association of Illinois implemented its first trauma outreach program in the Rockford area with the assistance and support of Van Matre HealthSouth Hospital at Rockford Memorial Hospital. The hospital and its staff have always been involved and supportive of the Brain Injury Association of Illinois programs and services.

The single story hospital is located on a 10-acre campus at in Rockford, Illinois. It is the only free-standing inpatient rehabilitation hospital serving patients in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. The hospital was first established in 1967 as an inpatient rehabilitation unit at Rockford Memorial Hospital. In 2001, Rockford Health System partnered with HealthSouth to form Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital.

Source: Brain Injury Association of Illinois

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