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Living with a Ventricular Assist Device (VAD)

Technology that performs the tasks of a defective heart can provide cardiac patients with restored vigor, enhanced mobility and the best gift of all – time. The technology, called a ventricular assist device (VAD), extends the lives of patients who await a heart transplant or are ineligible to receive one.

Giving Thanks

John KristelI have so much to be thankful for this holiday season. First and foremost, I’m thankful for my supportive family. When I was presented with the opportunity to take the helm at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network – to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities – my wife and three children were eager to join me and to begin a new chapter.

Oncology Rehabilitation Combats Effects of Cancer Treatment

“How do I tell someone to exercise during cancer treatment, when I don’t exercise myself”?  This is what I was told by a radiation nurse when I asked her what restrictions I had during my own treatment for cancer. 

PM&R Physicians: The Quarterbacks of Concussion Management

concussion managementSuccessful teams have one thing in common—a leader who guides all members toward a shared goal.  A good example is a quarterback who leads his team to victory.

Good Shepherd Pediatrics: Mission Critical

PediatricsAs a father of three, I understand the importance of easy access to world-class pediatric services. At Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network (GSRN), our pediatric services include inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and specialized care for children with developmental and physical disabilities. These services are nothing short of mission critical.

Handwriting Is Still as Important as Typing and Texting

HandwritingWith tablets and computers, text messages and emails, do we even need to write anything by hand anymore?  The answer is “Yes!”

When Fashion Causes Pain

As a woman, I love my shoes, especially my four inch purple patent-leather heels.  My favorite handbag is not the diaper bag that I am normally carrying, but my 15-inch tote.  So on the occasion that I have a girls’ night out and have shed the sneakers and diaper bag, the next morning I notice that I have increased back and foot pain.

Nurturing Innovation

One of the strengths that drew me to Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network was the organizational culture. Each staff member is ingrained with a high level of compassion and spirit of innovation that have become the calling cards of the Good Shepherd brand.

Insist on the Best Inpatient Rehabilitation

If you or a family member is recovering from an injury or illness – such as a stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury or multi-trauma – you deserve the best inpatient rehabilitation available to return to the people and activities you love more quickly and with more function and independence.

Consumer Electronics Devices Impact Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology

Imagine devices that allow you to control your computer without touching a keyboard, mouse or screen, or let you effortlessly traverse a virtual world using a 3D headset and multi-directional treadmill.  High-tech devices like these already exist and may be at your local electronics store soon.

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