Van Matre HealthSouth speech therapist honored with companywide award


Alyssa JensenROCKFORD, Ill., May 4, 2018 – Alyssa Jensen, a speech therapist at Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital , has been honored as one of only six finalists out of Encompass Health’s more than 29,000 inpatient rehabilitation employees in the Encompass Health, formerly HealthSouth, network to receive the 2017 Outstanding Employee Achievement Award. Alyssa was honored yesterday at an awards banquet in Birmingham, Alabama.

Award finalists were selected based on their performance in four areas: contributions to extraordinary patient experience, team spirit and cooperation, commitment to continuous quality improvement and going above and beyond the call of duty. The process began with each of Encompass Health’s 127 inpatient rehabilitation hospitals honoring a hospital employee of the year. Then, six winners were named at the regional level; and one overall recipient was named for the Company.

Alyssa has been a speech therapist with the Company for 10 years. She plays an active role in the hospital, as well as the community. As a certified brain injury specialist, she has a particular interest in brain injury patients, serving as her hospital’s brain injury champion. She was also key in bringing the “Unmasking Brain Injury,” project to the hospital and the 2017 Illinois Brain Injury Association Conference; a project that allows brain injury patients to express their condition through the creation of artistic masks.

“Alyssa is a superb speech and language therapist,” said Tonya Markert, director of therapy operations. “Perhaps her best quality is her approach to both patients and co-workers. She’s so even-keeled and approachable. She has tremendous listening skills and is self-driven.”

Alyssa also serves as a mentor to new employees and speech and language pathology students in the area. She leads a monthly aphasia support group and is involved with the ALS community through the Walk to Defeat ALS, is involved with a stroke community support group and volunteers at a weekend Retreat and Refresh Stroke Camp.

Learn more about Alyssa by watching this brief video.

About Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital
Van Matre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, a joint venture between Mercy Health and HealthSouth, is a 65-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services. Serving patients throughout northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, the hospital is located at 950 Mulford Rd. in Rockford, Ill. and on the Web at .

About Encompass Health
As a national leader in post-acute care, Encompass Health (NYSE: EHC) offers both facility-based and home-based patient care through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies and hospice agencies. With a national footprint that spans 127 hospitals and 268 home health & hospice locations in 36 states and Puerto Rico, the Company is committed to delivering high-quality, cost-effective care across the post-acute continuum. Driven by a set of shared values, Encompass Health is the result of the union between HealthSouth Corporation and Encompass Home Health & Hospice, and is ranked as one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, as well as Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Source: Encompass Health Corp.

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