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Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network Announces Plan To Build State-of-the-Art Rehabilitation Hospital in Center Valley

Hope Starts Here at Good Shepherd's planned Rehabilitation Hospital in Center Valley, Pennsylvania

ALLENTOWN, PA — Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network (GSRN), a nationally recognized physical rehabilitation leader that offers an innovative continuum of care for adults and children with physical and cognitive needs, announced today its plan to build a new, state-of-the-art Rehabilitation Hospital on Center Valley Parkway.

The three-story, 75-bed, inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital will be constructed on 12 acres of GSRN-owned land, directly across from The Promenade Shops in Center Valley/Upper Saucon Township.

The 123,000-square-foot facility 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, multiple traumatic injuries, amputation, neurodegenerative diseases and more.

“Good Shepherd’s Center Valley campus will serve as a destination for recovery for patients – from our region and across the globe – who turn to Good Shepherd for our unique brand of hope, compassion, comfort and healing,” said Gary Schmidt, Chair, Board of Trustees.

“The project is closely tied to our mission, vision and a key component in achieving our Strategic Plan,” added Schmidt. “The Board of Trustees was extremely deliberate and thoughtful in taking this historic step.”

The new hospital will provide acute inpatient rehabilitation for adults, including physiatry services, nursing, occupational, physical, recreational and speech therapies, imaging, pharmacy, clinical psychology and more. The building will house dedicated units for specific conditions (such as brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke and more) and feature a multi-story therapy gym.

“This leading-edge facility will allow us to continue offering world-class physical rehabilitation — and to do so in a modern, comfortable space that maximizes patient recovery,” said Executive Director Frank Hyland, MS, PT. “We also are excited to provide Good Shepherd Associates with an energizing, innovative environment that will help them grow as professionals, while they work to advance our industry.”

Plans call for the Center Valley-based Rehabilitation Hospital to replace GSRN’s existing South Allentown-based Rehabilitation Hospital, which opened in 1983. GSRN is currently conducting a feasibility study to analyze re-use options for the current hospital building, which stands at 850 South Fifth Street, Allentown.

“While our current Rehabilitation Hospital operations and staff will eventually shift to Center Valley, we fully intend to maintain a strong presence in South Allentown,” Schmidt said, adding that GSRN’s administrative offices and support services will remain in South Allentown, as will a number of other patient and resident services, including long-term care, outpatient rehabilitation and physician services.

The new Rehabilitation Hospital will be built on a 45-acre parcel of land that GSRN acquired in 2016. GSRN is in the process of evaluating future uses for the remaining acreage that will benefit Good Shepherd’s patients and families as well as the surrounding Upper Saucon Township community.

Good Shepherd’s Office of Business Development is working with KRN Development and Francis Cauffman Architects (FCA) for design of the new hospital and campus. Selection of a project construction firm is pending an open bid (RFP) process. Construction is anticipated to take two years. The cost of the new facility has not been finalized.

About Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network

Founded in 1908 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network is a nationally recognized physical rehabilitation provider that offers an innovative continuum of care for adults and children with physical and cognitive needs.

Good Shepherd’s 2,100 Associates treat patients at more than 70 locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Good Shepherd cares for adults and children with catastrophic injuries and conditions, such as spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, amputation and multiple traumatic injuries, as well as outpatient musculoskeletal and orthopedic rehabilitation services, home health, long-term acute care and long-term care.

The Good Shepherd Physician Group is highly regarded for clinical excellence and its commitment to maximizing patients’ functional outcomes, delivering compassionate care and being a national leader in the use of innovative rehabilitation technologies. Good Shepherd physicians are experts who specialize in various aspects of rehabilitation care.

Good Shepherd is the world’s leading clinical user of the Ekso Bionics® exoskeleton to treat patients with spinal cord injuries and was one of four facilities internationally designated by Ekso as a “Center for Robotic Excellence.” Good Shepherd’s long-term care facilities have consistently received 5-star ratings from US News and World Report.

Good Shepherd is a not-for-profit health-care network with a strong commitment to building better communities through partnerships with organizations whose vision and values reflect its own. Good Shepherd partners with the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) to provide comprehensive rehabilitation and specialty services in the Greater Philadelphia area through Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a joint venture.