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Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals

Dear friends: A Letter from the CEO

February 16, 2018

It is my pleasure to share Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals’ 2017 Year in Review with you. Madonna has been a vital part of the community since 1958 and has a rich history of firsts, or milestones, that highlight our growth and development over the years. 2017 was no exception.

  • The collective efforts of the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Medicine and Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals moved implementation of the region’s first Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) residency program forward. This program, scheduled to begin July 1, 2018, received 250 applications for the first four residency program slots.
  • Madonna’s collaboration with Children’s Hospital & Medical Center continues to evolve. This year, Children’s expanded its presence and services in Lincoln by relocating its specialty clinic to leased space on Madonna’s Lincoln Campus.  
  • The GOAL Awards, our annual patient recognition event, returned to its roots  and a packed house on the Lincoln Campus.
  • Complementing our PM&R physician team, a hospitalist program was implemented at both the Omaha and Lincoln campus hospitals. This allows us to better meet the needs of our patients with complex medical conditions.  

In addition to these achievements, Madonna faced monumental challenges.  Financially, it was not an easy year for a variety of reasons. The reality and uncertainty surrounding health care reform requires organizational flexibility, accommodation and change. Additionally, mounting governmental regulations and reimbursement decreases result in increased pressure to deliver excellent care to a complex group of patients in an efficient manner.  

These hardships would not deter us from long-term success. Madonna’s administrative team and dedicated staff, along with the support of our board of directors, adapted quickly to these challenges. 

Madonna staff members are an incredible team with huge hearts. Their daily work goes above and beyond what is expected. Why? They clearly embrace our core values. They are united by a strong sense of purpose and recognize that it is our duty, privilege and honor to rehabilitate those who have experienced disabling injuries or illnesses. Together, with our sponsor Diocesan Health Ministries led by Bishop James Conley and with God’s grace, we continue to forge confidently into the future–our mission is that important.  

Paul Dongilli Jr., Ph.D.
President and CEO

Madonna President and CEO Paul Dongilli Jr., Ph.D. and Children’s President and CEO Richard Azizkhan, M.D. announce the relocation of Children’s specialty clinics to leased space on Madonna’s Lincoln Campus.

GOAL Award recipient Robert Meador (pictured at center with his care team and family)  was recognized for his achievements, independence and pursuit of dreams that make life worth living.

Madonna’s physician leadership team: Thomas S. Stalder, M.D., VP of medical affairs and chief medical officer; Adam T. Kafka, M.D., medical director MRH-Lincoln; Matthew L. Driewer, M.D., medical director MRSH-Lincoln; Samuel M. Bierner, M.D., medical director MRH-Omaha; and Susan C. Ohnoutka, M.D., medical director MRSH-Omaha.



These former patients are courageous examples of overcoming adversity.