Good Shepherd Dedicates Dornsife Pediatric Outpatient Therapy Suite

New Space Will Help Provide Up to 12,000 Therapy Visits Annually

Allentown, PA – Long-standing family connections and a historic commitment to children’s health came together once again Friday as Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network celebrated the grand opening and dedication of the Dornsife Pediatric Outpatient Therapy Suite in Allentown.

Financed through $450,000 in grants from the HEDCO Foundation, Quest Fund and the David and Dana Dornsife Foundation (each run by members of the Dornsife Family), the new suite will help Good Shepherd provide physical, occupational and speech therapy services to 1,000 more children through an additional 12,000 therapy visits annually.

“Generations of the Dornsife family have been instrumental in supporting Good Shepherd throughout its existence,” said Sally Gammon, FACHE, President and CEO of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network. “The Dornsife family’s latest gifts helped us renovate 3,000 square feet inside the Good Shepherd Health and Technology Center for this modern and functional outpatient therapy space. This suite is allowing Good Shepherd to increase its capacity for pediatric rehabilitation, taking our care numbers to 4,300 children during 40,000 visits annually.”

Joining Gammon at the dedication were Pete and Jean Dornsife and their daughters, Olivia and Sophia; Jill Raker Hudders Douglass and her son, Ted Douglass; Sylvia Hudders; Elmer Gates and Patti Gates-Smith and several families with children who have been treated at Good Shepherd. Jill Raker Hudders Douglass is the granddaughter of the Rev. John “Papa” Raker and Sylvia Hudders is the wife of the Rakers’ grandson, Jack Hudders.

The Dornsifes are descendants of the family of “Papa” Raker’s mother, Susan Dornsife. “Papa Raker’s son, the Rev. Dr. Conrad Raker, always said his father’s founding of Good Shepherd could be traced back to Susan Dornsife Raker’s deeply seeded teachings and examples,” said Gammon.

“When Dr. Conrad Raker, Susan’s grandson, took the helm of Good Shepherd, he knew he could always count on his cousin, Hal Dornsife, for financial support whenever it was needed. Now it is Hal’s son and daughter, David and Dody, who provided this generous gift,” Gammon said. One of Hal’s nephews, Pete Dornsife, represented the family at the dedication.

Good Shepherd’s Outpatient Pediatric Program serves children from birth to age 18 and provides children with a medical evaluation and diagnosis, prescribed therapies and comprehensive individual therapy plans. Children served through the program have diagnoses of autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and other physical, neurological and cognitive issues.

“The importance of helping others has always been instilled in us as a family value,” said Pete Dornsife. “In that Good Shepherd story that passes through the generations, I hope that my daughters Olivia and Sophia remember this dedication and ribbon-cutting as another milestone for our family and our deep connections to Good Shepherd.”

The new suite, located in the Good Shepherd Health and Technology Center at 850 S. Fifth Street in Allentown, includes pediatric speech therapy and the feeding services previously offered on the upper level of the building. The suite is staffed by 32 physical, occupational and speech therapists, including six new hires. Good Shepherd expects to hire at least three more therapists to manage the increased visits.

Celebrating the new Dornsife Pediatric Outpatient Therapy Suite at Good Shepherd are (left to right): Sally Gammon, President & CEO, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network; Good Shepherd patient Nic Strauss, son of Randy and Kristin Strauss of Allentown; Peter Dornsife, Olivia Dornsife, Jean Dornsife; and Sophia Dornsife.