Rock Valley Physical Therapy has expanded its footprint across eastern Iowa with a merger with Integrated Therapy Specialists.
Rock Valley announced that Integrated's 13 clinics and 40 clinicians joined its team effective Jan. 2. Integrated's clinics will remain open and continue offering physical therapy, occupational therapy and industrial screening and rehabilitation therapy.
"This merger is a great opportunity for us to leverage the strengths of both organizations to enhance the impact we have on the communities we serve," Integrated's CEO Steve Wieskamp said in a news release. "Combining our resources will allow us to provide better care and easier access for our customers."
According to Mike Osler, Rock Valley's vice president of growth and development, the Muscatine-based Integrated brings "a geographic footprint that really complimented ours well."
In an interview, he said Wieskamp, the primary owner of Integrated, now will be regional manager for Rock Valley's new southeast Iowa region. Wieskamp and his partners also have joined Rock Valley's ownership group, which now includes 13 owners.
Founded in Moline in 1984, Rock Valley has grown to be one of the country's largest 100-percent therapist-owned companies. After the new merger, it employs 385 people and operates 45 locations in Iowa and Illinois.
Integrated resulted from a previous merger, led by Wieskamp, of three or four eastern Iowa practices, Osler added.
The only overlap between Rock Valley and Integrated is in Muscatine, where Integrated operates two clinics and Rock Valley has one. But Osler said they are located on different sides of the city and all will remain open.
In addition, Integrated's adds these locations to Rock Valley: Durant, Blue Grass, Wilton, West Liberty, West Branch, Columbus Junction, North Liberty, Mount Pleasant, Danville, Burlington and Decorah.
"Staying engaged in our communities has been a key to our success," Mike Horsfield, Rock Valley's CEO, said in the release. "Having local owners and leaders directly involved in patient care is really unique for a company our size. This structure ensures we keep the customer at the center of all our decisions..."
Rock Valley's staff includes about 180 clinicians: physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists and speech therapists. Other employees include: athletic trainers, sports performance coaches, administration, support staff and billing teams. A health division provides corporate wellness services to employers in nine states.