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Hope Starts Here: State-Of-The-Art Rehabilitation Hospital Coming to Center Valley

Your gift to the Hope Starts Here capital campaign can be life changing. Find out how. Contact Capital Campaign Manager Rebecca McAtee at [email protected] or 484-523-2121.

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network is building a state-of-the-art, 76-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that will revolutionize treatment and recovery options for people with complex medical conditions, such as stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury and other serious injuries or illnesses.

Nationally, only a handful of new rehabilitation hospitals are built each year. By 2023, leading-edge inpatient rehabilitation care is coming to Center Valley, Pennsylvania.

“The new hospital in Center Valley promises to be a beacon of hope like none other in the region. It is the most transformational part of our future, a destination rehabilitation facility that will energize the community, our patients, residents, staff and volunteers.”

President & CEO Michael Spigel, PT, MHA

Hope Starts Here

The parcel’s central location within the region and close proximity to Route 309 and Interstate 78 offer patients and families easy access to Good Shepherd’s world-class services. With adjacent restaurants, hotels, entertainment and shopping, families can find respite while Good Shepherd helps their loved ones recover. The four-story, 123,000-square-foot facility on Center Valley Parkway will feature all private rooms and offer world-class physical rehabilitation care to patients who are recovering from complex and catastrophic conditions, such as stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury and other serious injuries or illnesses.

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital is the only freestanding hospital fully dedicated to rehabilitation in our region. Once the hospital relocates to Center Valley in 2023, Good Shepherd will maintain a healthy and vibrant presence in South Allentown as a hub for outpatient and support services, as well as a home for our residents. We plan to renovate and repurpose the hospital building to continue serving the community in new and innovative ways. Feasibility studies are in progress to determine re-use.

Support GSRN

The $70 million project will employ a mix of charitable giving and financing. Opportunities for donors to contribute to this project exist at all levels.

Outdoor therapy gardens

Naming Opportunities

To discuss the naming opportunities or other ways to give, contact Becca McAtee at [email protected] or 484-523-2121.

How To Give

Your gift to the Hope Starts Here capital campaign can be life changing. Find out how. Contact Rebecca McAtee, capital campaign manager, at [email protected]

Construction Updates

What’s the latest on our Center Valley hospital project? Cindy Buchman, MHA, vice president of strategic planning and operating services, gives you the full scoop in our latest video update.

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What You Can Expect in Center Valley

The rehabilitation hospital will be situated on 45 acres of Good Shepherd-owned land across from The Promenade Shops of Saucon Valley, near Route 309 and Interstate 78 in Upper Saucon Township. It features two innovative offerings:

The Experience Center

One of the most novel and exciting spaces to spur innovation in Good Shepherd’s new hospital is The Experience Center. This first-of-its-kind space will give people with disabilities and other mobility challenges an environment where they can explore the latest advancements, like 3D printing, robotics, wearables, artificial intelligence and smart home and personal assistance devices, designed to promote healing and independence and make people’s lives better.

Experience Center

“The Experience Center distinguishes us from any other rehabilitation facility ever built. Now for the first time, patients and those in the community with disabilities and other impairments can access emerging rehabilitation technologies and concepts that impact their lives. This helps make healthier communities.”

Sandeep Singh, MD, Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs & Chief Medical Officer

This life-changing center will key on three areas of applied rehabilitative technology:

  • 3D Printing – Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Moravian University have formed a visionary partnership to develop educational and research opportunities that advance the rehabilitation industry and provide customized solutions for people with disabilities. Through practice and innovation, increase what’s possible by making custom 3D printed rehabilitative devices a standard in recovery and care. Read more about Good Shepherd’s partnership with Moravian University.
  • Autonomous Living – Capitalizing on consumer grade and industrial grade technologies, this area will support patients in controlling and interacting with their environment, from the basics of household control through communication.
  • Virtual Reality – By stretching current practices, virtual reality will allow patients to push themselves in their recovery safely and without real-world risks while at this new facility or in their own homes. Therapists can adjust treatments based on real-time feedback from the system to drive ever-increasing outcomes.

Outdoor Therapy Gardens

Featuring innovative ways for patients to undergo therapy and participate in activities while staying at the rehabilitation hospital. From gardening and trails to outdoor green space and activity areas, the gardens’ offerings were identified and designed by a group of Good Shepherd staff members to help patients achieve their goals and return to their favorite activities.

FCA (Francis Cauffman Architects) of Philadelphia is the project’s architect. IMC Construction of Malvern, Pa., is the construction company. KRN Development of Memphis, Tenn., is the land developer. Pure Project Management of Philadelphia is the project manager. Pennoni of Philadelphia is the engineering consultant.

Experience Matters

The bright and uplifting spirit of the new hospital begins with the two-story, glass-enclosed lobby and extends throughout the building to patient rooms, therapy gyms and common areas where large windows let the healing power of sunlight flood in. Indoor lounges and outdoor patios on each floor give patients and families a place to spend time together outside of the patient’s room. The beautifully landscaped Therapy and Activity Gardens with walking paths and a water feature will be a natural extension of the healing environment inside, imparting serenity.

Knowing the role families play in supporting their loved ones and being engaged in their recovery, patient rooms will have sleeper sofas that can accommodate overnight stays, a desk and charging station. One of the biggest changes with the new hospital will be all private rooms that are spacious, feature state-of-the-art technology and have their own bathrooms.

South Allentown

Good Shepherd has a long and vibrant history of service in South Allentown that spans more than a century, and we remain committed to the neighborhood. While our current rehabilitation hospital operations and staff will shift to Center Valley in 2023, we will continue to provide residential, outpatient and support services on the South Allentown campus. Good Shepherd’s administrative offices also will remain in South Allentown.

Currently, Good Shepherd provides more than 100,000 outpatient visits annually in South Allentown, and those services will remain. Our campus also is home to more than 100 long-term care and supported independent living residents.


Rebecca McAtee
Capital Campaign Manager
[email protected]
850 S. 5th Street, Allentown, PA 18103