James River Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center

Alyson Heidenthal | Administrator, James River Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center

Alyson oversees the Team providing outstanding care to the Residents at JRCRC.  She began her career with Virginia Health Services in 2013 working in activities, social work, admissions and was the assistant administrator at the Newport.  Alyson graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. in Spanish, Communication Studies concentration and then received her Masters of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Alyson serves on the board of the Peninsula Fine Arts Center and is a Chair member of The Greater Peninsula Impact 100. In her spare time, Alyson enjoys spending time with her family, working out, and being at the beach. She believes in the saying “treat others as you want to be treated” and uses that mentality as a leadership style. She is passionate about helping providing the best care to the residents and facilitating a positive work environment for staff.


Stephen Berczek | Assistant Administrator, James River Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center

Stephen supervises and coordinates the operations departments at JRCRC and ensures the facility is complying with state and federal regulatory requirements.  He recently graduated from Marymount University, earning a BS Health Sciences while being a part of the baseball program. Stephen is a newly Licensed Nursing Home Administrator as of January, 2021.  In his spare time, he enjoys snowboarding, traveling, and restoring/riding motorcycles. Giving back to those who have built the community that we live in, is what inspires him. Seeing residents comfortable and living their best life motivates Stephen to do his best.  He strives to ensure his Team is a successful Team.

Conveniently Located

James River Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center

540 Aberthaw Avenue
Newport News, Virginia 23601


fax: 757-599-4636

Located in the Hilton Village area of Newport News.
  • American Health Care Association, 2011 National Quality Award-Bronze Level
  • Offers all private accommodations for skilled care programs
  • Official CNA training facility for Virginia Health Services

More About the James River Convalescent Center

JRCRC is located in the Hilton Village area of Newport News. Our Convalescent and Full-Service Physical Rehabilitation Facility,  JRCRC is licensed by the State of Virginia.

At JRCRC, whether you are with us for a short-term rehabilitation or chose to make this home with in our convalescent division, we are here throughout to assist in obtaining your personal goals. Our rehabilitation team works with each guest to set and meet goals throughout the recovery process. It is our mission to assist you with overcome the challenges and changes in your life. Our personalized programs, services and organized activities are designed to meet your individual objectives.

  • Short Term Rehabilitation
  • Convalescent Care
  • Tracheotomy Care
  • Respite care
  • Hospice
  • Complex Wound Care
  • All Private rooms for our skilled and rehabilitation residents
  • Medical Staff with accessibility to physicians and nurse practitioners
  • We offer an all-inclusive rate plan to assist with budget planning
  • Wireless Internet for Residents and Guests
  • Activities planned by our Recreation Director
  • A Medicare certified facility
  • A Medicaid eligible facility
  • No entrance fee or community fee
  • On site Prescription Services
  • Care provided by 24 Hour RN’s and LPN’s
  • Nutritionally balanced menus designed by clinical dietician
  • Family Visiting Areas
  • Outdoor Courtyard Space for relaxation
  • Licensed Staff
  • Certified Wound Nurse
  • Registered Nurses
  • Licensed Practical Nurses
  • Certified Nursing Assistance
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychiatric Services
  • Dental Services
  • Vision Services
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Stoke Recovery
  • Joints
  • Shoulder and elbows
  • Hand and wrist
  • Hip and Knee
  • Trauma
  • Fracture Care
  • Long Term Antibiotic Therapy
  • Wound Management – with Certified Wound Nurse
  • Pain Management
  • Nutritional Therapy
  • Tube Feeding
  • Infection Disease Management
  • Stroke
  • Brain injury
  • General debilitation (weakness)
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Neurological conditions
  • Selected orthopedics diagnoses
  • Amputation
  • Therapeutic recreation
  • Care management services
  • Nutrition services
  • Pastoral care/Spiritual Care Counseling
  • Barber/Beauty Services
  • Pet Therapy

A patient’s potential to benefit from rehabilitation services is the primary criteria used when determining admission to James River Convalescent and Rehabilitation. Services are covered by most insurance carriers including Medicare, Medicaid, Anthem and many others. We will verify insurance benefits and pre certify admissions prior to actual admission.

Patients are accepted on a referral basis for Rehabilitation. Physicians, social workers, discharge planners, family members, or potential patients can refer to our facility.

The Administrator, Alyson Heidenthal (757-595-2273) will schedule an assessment that may be conducted at the facility, hospital, patient’s home or wherever is most convenient.

Bring your pictures, your cozy blanket and any other items that will make your stay as comfortable as possible. We want you to feel at home and surrounded by things your love.

The Administrator, Alyson Heidenthal (757-595-2273) will schedule an appointment to come visit our facility to learn about what we offer to residents here at James River. A complete review of the facility will highlight all the benefits of choosing our premier location.

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