Good Shepherd to Open Area's First Inpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit2/6/2009
Hospital Unit in Bethlehem to Open in July 2009 and Create 42 Jobs
February 6, 2009
Allentown, PA – Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network (GSRN) today announced that it will add to its comprehensive rehabilitation services when it opens the area’s first inpatient pediatric rehabilitation unit in July 2009. The Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital—Pediatric Unit will be located on the first floor of 2855 Schoenersville Road in Bethlehem, and will add 42 jobs to GSRN.
The inpatient pediatric unit is a natural extension of Good Shepherd’s commitment to children. Good Shepherd has served children since it opened its doors in 1908, and today almost 1,600 children receive outpatient pediatric rehabilitation at Good Shepherd.
The opening of the 16-bed Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital—Pediatric Unit means that children, age newborn to 18, with a variety of injuries and conditions will no longer have to travel to Philadelphia or farther to receive inpatient rehabilitation care. Currently, inpatient pediatric rehabilitation is provided at three Pennsylvania locations – one in Philadelphia, one in Hershey and one in Pittsburgh.
Patients will receive acute, physician-directed rehabilitation care, including rehabilitation nursing, physical, speech and occupational therapy, and psychological services. Conditions treated at the unit will include: stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, multi-trauma, neurologic dysfunction, burns and post-traumatic amputations.
The Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital—Pediatric Unit will operate under the license of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital in Allentown but will have its own specialized space, staff and equipment. Good Shepherd will invest $2 million in start-up costs that include purchasing equipment and renovating much of the first floor of the building, transforming it into a state-of-art inpatient pediatric facility. The upper level of the building will remain the Good Shepherd Home—Bethlehem.
“The Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital—Pediatric Unit will fill a void in care that currently exists in the region,” says Sally Gammon, FACHE, president & CEO, GSRN. “It will be a better solution for parents and children, making it easier to receive outstanding rehabilitation care closer to home. Good Shepherd is proud to bring this much-needed service to our Lehigh Valley-area families, while also adding well-paying employment opportunities.”
Good Shepherd conducted a market needs assessment before moving forward with the pediatric rehabilitation unit. The assessment showed that about 1,047 children each year from eastern and northeastern Pennsylvania are discharged from acute care with diagnoses appropriate for rehabilitation admission. It is anticipated that at least 15 percent of these children – or about 160 children per year – can receive inpatient rehabilitation care closer to home at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital—Pediatric Unit. It is estimated that the average daily census in the unit will incrementally increase to 12 children by 2012.
The unit will have a therapy gym, quiet treatment rooms, recreation/child life areas, a patient/visitor lounge and rooms for parents to stay on site. When children are discharged from the unit, they will transition to outpatient pediatric rehabilitation, which is offered at the Good Shepherd Health & Technology Center in Allentown and Good Shepherd Outpatient Rehabilitation – CedarPointe in South Whitehall Township.
“The goal of this new pediatric rehabilitation unit is to provide the medical and therapeutic expertise and experience to help children regain as much function and age-appropriate independence as possible,” says Phillip Bryant, D.O., chief medical officer and senior vice president of Medical Affairs, GSRN. “Good Shepherd is bringing pediatric rehabilitation specialists to the Lehigh Valley so that it will no longer be necessary for families to be far away from home when their children need inpatient rehabilitation care.”
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, is a nationally recognized rehabilitation leader, offering a continuum of care for people with physical and cognitive disabilities and specializing in assistive and rehabilitation technology. More than 40,000 people come to Good Shepherd each year for specialized programs in stroke, orthopedics, brain injury, spinal cord injury, pediatrics, amputation and more. Good Shepherd provides rehabilitation services in 8 eastern Pennsylvania counties. Good Shepherd operates 17 outpatient sites, 4 inpatient sites, a long-term acute care hospital, 2 long-term care homes for people with severe disabilities, an independent living facility, a Work Services division that provides employment training and job placement and a lifestyle products online store called Rehability. Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, began operations in July 2008 and provides post-acute care in the Philadelphia region. Good Shepherd was founded in 1908 when The Rev. John and Estella Raker invited a disabled orphan named Viola into their Allentown, Pennsylvania, home. Good Shepherd is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. For more information, visit www.GoodShepherdRehab.org.