With over 15 years of progressive healthcare leadership experience, Mat joined HealthSouth in July of 2014 to oversee the construction and operations of a brand new, state-of-the-art inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Middletown, Delaware. Helping to fulfill an unmet need for aggressive, post acute rehabilitative care, HealthSouth Middletown has successfully treated over 1,800 patients suffering from a variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions, including but not limited to traumatic brain injury, stroke, hip fractures, or trauma. HealthSouth recently received recognition as being one of the top inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in the United States. As a result of this success, HealthSouth will be adding additional beds at the end of 2017 to address the growing need for patients needing these services.
Prior to joining HealthSouth, Mat spent 12 years in various leadership roles with two of the nation’s largest acute care health systems (Community Health and HCA). In addition to having the honor of serving as the corporate chair for the 2017 Bone Bash, Mat is active in several local and national organizations including serving on the American Heart Association Board of Directors and the Delaware Healthcare Associations Policy and Planning Committee. Mat received his bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Tennessee and his master’s of healthcare administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.
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Meet Medical Honoree - Dr. Bodenstab
Dr. Bodenstab is a native Delawarean and grew up in north Wilmington. He and his twin are the oldest of five sons born to Harold and Mary Bodenstab. Dr. Bodenstab graduated from Brandywine High School in what remains the largest graduating class in state history. He matriculated at Union College in Schenectady, New York, despite the fact that he misspelled the city’s name on his application. He swam on his college team for four years, captained the team in his senior year, served as his fraternity’s president and still completed his degree requirements a semester early. Initially, he entered the school’s chemistry program with the intent of pursuing a graduate degree in the same field. However, while working as a summer lifeguard at his community swim club, he had a discussion with a pool member who proposed the idea of medical school. That idea eventually took seed and he applied for admission to Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, where he completed his medical degree in 1977. Dr. Bodenstab spent two years as a general surgical resident at the Dartmouth-affiliated hospitals in Hanover, New Hampshire, and then completed his orthopedic residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City in 1982.
He returned to Delaware where he remains in the private practice of orthopaedics with a particular interest in adult reconstructive surgery. In 1995, he joined First State Orthopaedics, where he currently practices. Dr. Bodenstab has been a co-author on two well-received academic papers, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Delaware in the D.P.T. program. In the past he has served on the board of the Brandywine YMCA and spent several years as an assistant scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts of America. Currently he is on the board of the Delaware Theatre Company. Dr. Bodenstab has three adult children and four adorable grandchildren (of course!). He enjoys swimming, sailing, tennis and has a love-hate relationship with golf.
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