Madonna’s Benedictine heritage emphasizes hospitality, one of our core values. To us, hospitality means more than just a welcoming atmosphere. It’s an openness to the call of those in need. Hope and healing thrive in this kind of environment.
As you read the stories in this issue of the Independent, you will clearly realize the many needs of our patients. Their rehabilitation journeys serve as an inspiration to everyone.
I’m constantly amazed at the resilience of the human spirit—the determination of individuals recovering from serious illness or injuries is truly inspirational. These individuals, like most Madonna patients, struggle to recover not only physically, but emotionally and mentally. Their gains are often slow and frequently their recovery includes medical setbacks. Overcoming these hurdles requires the collaboration of a medical team that includes physicians.
In the last year, our physician team, built on a strong foundation of physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists called physiatrists has grown. The addition of hospitalists or internists, and pulmonologists, has better prepared us for handling both the complex medical and the rehabilitation needs of patients.
I am pleased to welcome the new physicians who have joined our rehabilitation team. They, along with our physiatrists, are profiled on pages 4-5. This expanding physician group assures our patients receive the best medical care possible.
This issue of the Independent also showcases Madonna’s clinical expertise in all service areas, rehabilitation-focused research, and specialized technology. These unique features attract patients from not only Nebraska and the Midwest region, but from across the country.
Our transition from a local provider of rehabilitation services to a national rehabilitation center of excellence has resulted in the need for the Madonna Omaha Campus. We are proud to report that in December 2016, Modern Healthcare magazine identified Madonna as the 12th largest rehabilitation provider in the country. We are growing! I want to thank all Madonna staff members, our donors and promoters for supporting our growth. Working together, we can maintain our openness to the call of those in need.
Paul Dongilli Jr., Ph.D.,
President and CEO