Dornsife Pediatric Therapy Suite To Grow Good Shepherd's Outpatient Pediatric Program by 39 Percent4/22/2010
Allentown, PA – Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network has received three gifts, totaling $450,000, to fund a capital project that will allow the organization’s Outpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation Program to accommodate 12,000 additional patient visits annually. The gifts were given by the HEDCO Foundation, the Dana and David Dornsife Foundation and the Quest Fund. Each of the foundations is run by members of the Dornsife family, who have been long-time supporters of Good Shepherd.
The new space, located in the Good Shepherd Health & Technology Center, 850 S. Fifth Street, Allentown, will be known as the Dornsife Pediatric Therapy Suite. It will help Good Shepherd serve more of the region’s children with physical or developmental challenges who are in need of physical, occupational and speech therapy services. The suite is expected to open in June 2010, and Good Shepherd expects to hire nine additional therapists to accommodate the additional volume.
The outpatient pediatric speech therapy and feeding services, currently offered on the upper level of the Health & Technology Center, will be relocated to the new suite.
“The opening of the Dornsife Pediatric Therapy Suite is another exciting step forward for Good Shepherd’s Pediatric Program,” said Sally Gammon, FACHE, President and CEO of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network. “This suite will help more children with various physical and developmental conditions receive the life-changing therapy services they need to live their lives to the fullest.”
The aforementioned foundations are run by David Dornsife and his sister, Dody Jernstedt. The Dornsife family has a special history with Good Shepherd. Susan Dornsife was the mother of Good Shepherd’s founder, The Rev. John “Papa” Raker. The Dornsife family’s history of philanthropic support of Good Shepherd began in 1974. Since that time, Harold and Ester Dornsife, parents of David and Dody, have given several gifts in support of such Good Shepherd services as the Dornsife Therapy Pool, named in honor of Harold’s parents, David and Jenny Dornsife, and the Dornsife Outpatient Pediatric Center.