Proud To Have Served - January/February 2013
After more than 15 years of leading Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network (GSRN), I plan to retire as President and CEO in July 2013. I am moving into this next phase of my life knowing that my health is good and my ability to contribute to the community remains high. The Board of Trustees is searching for my replacement and I am certain the transition will be smooth, as the organization is positioned for a successful future in the Lehigh Valley and beyond.
I first visited Good Shepherd as a CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) surveyor. I remember thinking I would like to work at an organization like Good Shepherd, which had a strong history and an outstanding reputation thanks to the core values (compassionate care, excellent service, community partnership) instilled by the organization’s founders, the Raker family. In 1997 – 17 years later -- my wish came true when I was selected to lead Good Shepherd.
I am proud that the organization’s mission has been advanced through positive growth and strategic partnerships. Since 1997, Good Shepherd has quadrupled in size, budget and scope of services, going from serving 10,000 people to more than 60,000 a year. So much has changed in the world and in rehabilitation. When I was a practicing physical therapist, we routinely told paraplegics they would never walk again. Today, amazing technology like the Ekso bionic exoskeleton has spinal cord injured patients up and walking. And it’s thanks to donors like you that we’re able to invest in new technologies and staff education, expand our programs, build new partnerships, and now, begin planning for the hospital of the future.
I am especially honored to have served with an incredible group of associates who exceeded expectations by giving their time, talent and treasure so that we can do more than merely dream of endless possibilities for people with disabilities. In reaching for the stars, we have not only lengthened the shadow of our founders, but our own as well.
I am happy to say that I plan to remain involved with Good Shepherd after retiring from my current position. Good Shepherd holds a special place in my heart and you do too. Thank you.
God bless you,
Sally Gammon, FACHE
President & CEO