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Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network Breaks Ground on the Region’s Most Advanced, Specialized Rehabilitation Hospital

Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital Center Valley

CENTER VALLEY, PA (September 22, 2021) — Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network broke ground today on a state-of-the-art 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 freestanding rehabilitation hospitals are built each year. When the doors open in early 2023, Good Shepherd’s new four-story, 76-private-bed hospital will be the only freestanding rehabilitation hospital in the region, serving as a destination for medical rehabilitation and employing more than 300 people.

“Today marks the start of a transformational event for Good Shepherd and a special moment for the greater Lehigh Valley,” says Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network President & CEO Michael Spigel, PT, MHA. “As the only hospital in the region focused solely on rehabilitation, Good Shepherd will have the space to develop and accelerate ideas, create new therapeutic interventions, develop innovative rehabilitative and assistive devices, and introduce new independence solutions to our patients and community members, making people’s lives better.”

The 123,000-square-foot rehabilitation hospital is 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, a game-changing hub that offers people with disabilities and other mobility challenges an environment to explore the latest advancements, such as 3D printing, robotics, wearables, artificial intelligence and smart home and personal assistance devices. The Experience Center is designed to promote healing and independence. Good Shepherd announced a partnership with Moravian University earlier this month to create the Good Shepherd | Moravian University 3D Experience in the new hospital.
  • Outdoor Therapy and Activity 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.

“Patients turn to Good Shepherd for healing, hope and solutions to very real problems that limit their independence and hinder their ability to accomplish their dreams,” says Sandeep Singh, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Program Director of Good Shepherd’s Spinal Cord Injury Program. “Whether a patient wants to dance at his daughter’s wedding, walk across a graduation stage or play with her grandchild, we find solutions that help each patient go further and achieve more.”

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.

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Media Contact
Mike Walbert
Manager, Marketing & Communications
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network
[email protected]
610-776-3329

About Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, a nationally recognized, not-for-profit rehabilitation leader with more than 70 locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, is committed to transforming lives through expertise, innovation and compassion. Headquartered in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Good Shepherd provides an exceptional patient experience for all ages and stages by developing leading-edge solutions, often for complex medical situations; serving as a test site for the newest rehabilitation technologies; and inspiring hope in all we do. Good Shepherd partners with Penn Medicine to provide rehabilitation and specialty services in the greater Philadelphia area and New Jersey through Good Shepherd Penn Partners. Visit GoodShepherdRehab.org to learn more.


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