Giving Thanks for Our Great State

November 9, 2018 | Vermeer strong Steve Cassabaum, MSPT, DPT, President and Founder, 21st Century Rehab PC,

There is so much in Iowa I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, for supporting Future Ready Iowa; for making Iowa a leader in STEM education, education spending and graduation rates; for expanding mental health services; for helping Iowa achieve the second-lowest unemployment in the U.S.; and for the middle class tax cut.

The House and Senate, for supporting the initiatives above.

ABI, one of the most respected organizations at the Statehouse. For Mike Ralston’s 13 years of leadership, and for the board and staff that help Iowa businesses succeed on the ground and in the Legislature.

Every Iowan, for making Iowa No. 1 in “Best State Rankings” in 2018 in U.S. News & World Report.

As a health care provider and business owner, I am thankful for:

The opportunity to practice in Iowa, where we are one of the top states for physical therapy, in leadership and in practice.

Our professional peers within 21st Century Rehab PC and Midwest Therapy Network. They put patient care and outcomes first.

The insurance industry and especially Wellmark, who work to promote preventive and conservative medicine/wellness and support direct access to therapy services.

The great medical schools of Iowa, and most recently, for Drake University and Allen College for starting occupational therapy programs.

Most importantly, I’m thankful for family — my wife and business partner Michelle and our three daughters — and to God for all the gifts bestowed on us all!