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.

I’m thankful to have moved to a wonderful, welcoming community. The Lehigh Valley is proving to be a fantastic place to raise a family. We have great schools, community resources and family-friendly recreation and entertainment.

I’m thankful to work with Good Shepherd’s caring and innovative Associates. As I walk the halls of Good Shepherd, I see our mission in motion every day. Our Associates treat each patient and resident with Good Shepherd’s trademark compassionate care, while continuing to lead the nation in the use of leading-edge rehabilitative and assistive technologies.

I’m thankful for the time that I spend with Good Shepherd’s residents. They are truly the heart of Good Shepherd, and I’m grateful for opportunities to be a guest in their home – to listen to their stories, meet their families and share in their lives.

I’m thankful for patients who travel from across the Lehigh Valley and from across the nation to receive rehabilitation and specialized care at Good Shepherd. Last year, nearly 60,000 men, women and children entrusted Good Shepherd with their care and recovery because of the organization’s reputation for excellence. I am grateful that so many patients and families put their health care in our hands. We will continue to strive to exceed their expectations.

I’m thankful for partners like Penn Medicine, Easton Hospital, Pocono Medical Center and Wayne Memorial Hospital. Our partners understand the value and increased quality that comes from collaboration. The objective for every provider is to control costs while providing the best possible care and outcomes for patients. Strong partnerships, like these, will become even more important in the months and years ahead.

I’m thankful for a forward-thinking Board of Trustees that understand the needs of our community and Good Shepherd’s role in serving not just the Lehigh Valley, but all those who suffer from illness and/or injury, regardless of geographic location or their ability to pay for services.

I’m thankful for so many friends and neighbors who support Good Shepherd’s mission and legacy of innovation - whether through monetary giving or donations of time and talents. We could not accomplish all that we do without their support.

Please accept my best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving and a safe and joyous holiday season.

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