PRA History

Progressive Rehabilitation Associates had its origin in the early 1980’s.

Progressive Rehabilitation Associates had its origin in the early 1980’s. At that time Vince Eldridge and Drew Bossen, both PTs with roots in Iowa, were living and working in Cincinnati, Ohio. They envisioned a physical therapy practice in Iowa City which would serve the orthopedic needs of the area. This vision became reality in 1989 when Bossen and Eldridge opened Progressive Physical Therapy and Sports Clinic of Iowa. The initial clinic was modest, yet from the beginning it was clear that Service, Access and Outcomes were the key to success in serving patients. As the Progressive name and services became more familiar in the area the original clinic was outgrown. A clinic in Tipton, Iowa was opened in the fall of 1991.

In 1993, a relationship was developed with Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids.

In 1993, a relationship was developed with Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids. This relationship has grown from services based on patient care to the development, coordination and implementation a fully integrated ergonomics program across Rockwell’s 45 domestic facilities. Today, Rockwell Collins remains a strong corporate partner with PRA.

In January of 1995 Progressive Physical Therapy partnered with Mercy Hospital.

The mid-1990’s brought significant change to Progressive Physical Therapy. In January of 1995 Progressive Physical Therapy partnered with Mercy Hospital. A new entity, Progressive Rehabilitation Associates (PRA) was formed. PRA offers a broader array of rehabilitation services, including Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology Services. The merger of staffs offered a broader continuum of patient care ranging from In-patient Care, Home Health Care to the traditional Out-patient setting. 1995 also saw Joe Albright becoming a partner in PRA. Over the next ten years, growth continued with new clinic openings in Williamsburg, Coralville, North Liberty and the Northgate area of Iowa City.

PRA Comes into new ownership in January 2015

January of 2015 brought another significant change to the organization. Founders Drew Bossen and Vince Eldridge stepped out of their ownership roles. Matt Ehler, Adam Calonder, Scott Thoma, and Travis Bielefeld have joined the ownership group, along with residing President Joe Albright and Mercy Services. These gentlemen bring a wealth of experience to continue to lead the organization forward in a manner set forth by the founding partners

PRA added a 7th outpatient clinic location in Tiffin in September of 2016

2016 has brought more expansion for PRA. In March of 2016 our Tipton office moved to allow for expansion and to meet the higher demands of care in Cedar County and we added a 7th outpatient clinic location in Tiffin in September of 2016.

Today PRA employs over 100 professional and support staff serving the rehabilitation needs of East-Central Iowa.

Over the history of PRA, and into the future, the fundamentals will remain unchanged. PRA is committed to unparalleled service, easy access to care, and exemplary outcomes for our patients.