Inpatient Rehabilitation

The hospital you choose for your rehabilitation can impact the rest of your life. Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network is a broadly recognized rehabilitation leader in caring for people with injuries, complex medical needs and physical and/or cognitive disabilities.

With expertise in assistive and rehabilitation technology, people travel from all over Pennsylvania, the United States and beyond for our specialized programs in stroke, traumatic brain injury, major multi-trauma, spinal cord injury, amputation and more.

Our goal is to get you back home safely, where you can return to doing the things you love. When your condition is complex it’s even more important to have the experience and connection to the best medicine in the region. We work with you to set goals and to create a comprehensive, unique plan designed to increase your functional independence as much as possible.

How to Choose the Right Inpatient Rehab

While the process of picking a rehabilitation provider can feel scary and overwhelming, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network’s Admissions team is here to guide you through your decision — and your recovery as a whole.

You need someone who specializes in your illness, injury or condition. who has a long, storied history of providing rehabilitation care and who will work with you and your treatment team to identify the most appropriate recovery path.

Inpatient Rehab Programs & Services

Good Shepherd’s rehabilitation hospitals offer a wide variety of services and programs for both adults and children.

Treatment Team

Depending on your diagnosis/condition and individual needs, a multi-disciplinary treatment team will be assembled for you. Your team may include, but is not limited to:

  • Physiatrist
  • Rehabilitation Nurse
  • Physical Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Recreational Therapist
  • Internal Medicine
  • Speech/Language Pathologist
  • Respiratory Therapist 
  • Neuropsychologist 
  • Care Manager
  • Dietitian
  • Lab/Radiology 

In addition to expert medical care, we offer our patients and their families emotional support through our Pastoral Care team.

Our Spiritual Care team delivers around-the-clock emotional and spiritual support to those who are dealing with life-altering situations. They play a very important role as members of our multidisciplinary care team at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network.

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation – Your Rehabilitation Doctor

Also known as physiatry, PM&R is a branch of medicine devoted to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of neurologic, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, pulmonary and other disorders that may produce temporary or permanent impairment and associated disability. PM&R focuses on restoring function to people with conditions ranging from physical mobility limitations to those with complex cognitive impairments.

Good Shepherd’s physiatrists provide care for a broad spectrum of disorders, including major multi-trauma, traumatic brain injury, stroke, amputation and spinal cord injury.

Monique’s Recovery from a Spinal Cord Injury

When the car she was a passenger in slammed into a tree, Monique Jones didn’t know how much her life was about to change. With the help of Good Shepherd physician, therapists and other caregivers, Monique was able to get her life back.

“I made the call to Good Shepherd because I knew they could change my life.”

Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network has four inpatient rehabilitation facilities located in Pennsylvania.

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital

The Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital is an inpatient rehabilitation unit located in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. Our patients choose Good Shepherd for inpatient care because of our compassionate, high-quality care and services, matched with the latest advancements in medical science. We offer world-class physical, occupational and speech therapies that are tailored to address your unique rehabilitation needs.

Our team includes highly skilled nurses and therapists who specialize in rehabilitation care, as well as physiatrists, psychologists and other specialists within Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network as needed. We are passionate about helping you get your life back; one step at a time.

For more information, contact the Rehabilitation Hospital’s Admissions team at 1.888.44.REHAB (73422).

3200 Center Valley Parkway
Center Valley, PA 18034

Phone: 610.242.0345
Fax: 610.776.3502

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Emily Howatt Pliskatt Pediatric Unit

Good Shepherd Pediatrics is the only provider in the region offering inpatient rehabilitation with specialized programs to treat children with complex medical and congenital conditions.

The physicians, nurses and therapists at the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit provide compassionate rehabilitation care to children up to age 21.

For more information, contact the Pediatric Unit’s Admissions team at 484.788.5492.

2855 Schoenersville Road
Bethlehem, PA 18017

Phone: 610.807.4200
Fax: 610.807.4205

Good Shepherd Specialty Hospital

Located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the Specialty Hospital provides long-term acute care for patients who are too ill for discharge to a skilled nursing facility, an acute rehabilitation hospital or home. For such patients, the Specialty Hospital provides care tailored to complex medical needs, including ventilator weaning and complex wound care.

For more information, contact the Specialty Hospital’s Admissions team at 484.884.5056.

2545 Schoenersville Road
Bethlehem, PA 18017

Phone: 484.884.5056
Fax: 484.884.5074

Penn Medicine Rehabilitation

Penn Medicine Rehabilitation is an inpatient rehabilitation unit of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and managed by GSPP Rehabilitation. 

Our patients choose Penn Medicine Rehabilitation for our compassionate, high-quality care and services, matched with the latest advancements in medical science. We offer world-class physical, occupational and speech therapies that are tailored to address your unique rehabilitation needs — all offered as part of the Penn Medicine continuum of care.

1800 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146

Phone: 215.893.6570

Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse

The Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse, a long-term acute care hospital (LTACH), treats patients recovering from complex medical conditions and injuries. We help patients who are too ill to be transferred to a skilled nursing facility, acute rehabilitation hospital or their home after a hospital stay. 

1800 Lombard Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19146

Phone: 215.893.6570

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is inpatient rehabilitation?

A. Inpatient rehabilitation provides acute physical and cognitive rehabilitation for individuals following stroke, spinal cord or brain injury, amputation or other illnesses and injuries.

Q. How do I know if I qualify for inpatient rehabilitation care?

A. Good Shepherd provides care to qualifying individuals who have one or more conditions requiring intensive and interdisciplinary rehabilitation care. Your rehabilitation diagnosis must be medically manageable (i.e. stroke, amputation, spinal cord or brain injury, arthritis, burns, etc.) and you must be able to tolerate 3 hours of therapy in a 24-hour period at least 5 days a week. Other admission criteria also apply. Care managers are available to discuss your situation and your rehabilitation options. To discuss your situation with an admission department representative, call 1.888.44.REHAB (73422).

Q. Can the facility handle complex medical problems and pre-existing conditions?

A. The staff at Good Shepherd handle most pre-existing conditions and complex medical problems. A physical medicine and rehabilitation physician manages the care of each patient and will consult with specialists as needed. Patients with complex wounds and multiple pulmonary medications will be considered for admission at the Good Shepherd Specialty Hospital.

Q. How long is a typical inpatient stay?

A. Your length of stay is based on a number of factors, including your diagnosis, insurance coverage and progress made during your stay, which is evaluated on a daily basis. Your care manager or nurse liaison can provide you with more information, including national averages for length of stay related to your specific diagnosis.

Q. What is a typical day in rehabilitation?

A. We begin evaluating your rehabilitation needs on the very first day of admission. Your treatment team will design a recovery process that fits your specific needs. Your therapy program will increase in intensity as you gain strength, but it will never be more than you can tolerate. During your rehabilitation stay, you will see your Good Shepherd doctor a minimum of three days a week.

Q. How do I choose Good Shepherd for my inpatient care?

A. If you’re in an acute-care hospital and you want to come to Good Shepherd for your inpatient rehabilitation, simply explain this to your discharge planner. A Good Shepherd nurse liaison will then work with you and your family to determine the best course of action. Each acute-care hospital in the Lehigh Valley and the Pocono region has a Good Shepherd nurse liaison. Remember: You have the right to choose where you want to receive rehabilitation care.

Q. Will my insurance company pay for Good Shepherd’s level of care?

A. We accept most major insurance carriers. Tell your discharge planner or care manager you want a referral to Good Shepherd to get the process started. Our knowledgeable staff will evaluate your condition and work with your insurance provider for authorization.

Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do I have to pick a rehabilitation provider from my care manager/discharge planner’s list?

A. No, you have the right to choose your rehabilitation provider. If you don’t see Good Shepherd on the list, ask your care manager/discharge planner for a referral to Good Shepherd or call our Admissions director at 1.888.44.REHAB (73422).

Q. I already made a decision; is it too late to change my mind?

A. No, it is never too late to seek a transfer/referral to Good Shepherd. Time is precious, especially after a stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury or major multi-trauma injury. If you are not happy with the care you are receiving elsewhere, call Good Shepherd.

Q. Does Good Shepherd have a long wait list?

A. No. With more than 100 beds and multiple locations, you do not have to wait for inpatient care at Good Shepherd.

Q. Can I only access inpatient rehabilitation services if I am hospitalized?

A. No, you do not need to be a patient in an acute-care hospital in order to be admitted to an inpatient rehabilitation facility. In fact, Good Shepherd’s Second Chance Program is available to patients with chronic conditions (i.e., Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, post-stroke) who want to increase function and independence.

Q. Will you “push” me too hard?

A. Good Shepherd seeks to maximize your recovery through a schedule and activities that match your abilities, goals, preferred pace and comfort level. Therapies are scheduled throughout the day to ensure you receive enough rest — a crucial component of your recovery.

Q. Will you admit over the weekend?

A. Yes, we admit patients seven days a week, 365 days a year. We want to begin your recovery the moment you are ready to be discharged to a rehabilitation facility.

Q. Can my primary care physician and/or specialists follow my progress?

A. Yes, our doors are open to other medical specialists if they choose to visit you during your stay. We share regular updates on your progress, including a full discharge summary that can be added to your medical record.

Q. Is it safer to stay at the acute-care hospital?

A. Good Shepherd has internal medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide you with excellent medical care.


The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) has re-accredited the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital, as well as its inpatient Pediatric Unit in Bethlehem, for a period of three years for the following programs:

  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs – Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital (Adults)
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs – Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Emily Howatt Pliskatt Pediatric Unit, Bethlehem (Pediatric Specialty Program)
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs – Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital: Amputation Specialty Program (Adults)
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs – Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital: Brain Injury Specialty Program (Adults)
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs – Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital: Spinal Cord System of Care (Adults)
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs – Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital: Stroke Specialty Program (Adults)

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital has been accredited by CARF since 1983. CARF is an independent, non-profit accrediting organization, which works to ensure that high standards of care and quality are met by its accredited inpatient rehabilitation providers.

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