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National Stroke Association Recognizes Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network

October 30, 2017

Allentown, PA – The National Stroke Association (NSA) has recognized Good Shepherd Rehabilitation for excellence in stroke care by presenting the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Stroke Team with a RAISE Award for Outstanding Group.

The Raising Awareness in Stroke Excellence (RAISE) Awards annually recognize individuals and groups from across the country for taking stroke awareness activities to new heights. Awards are given in several categories and recognize people engaged in community-level awareness activities directly supporting the National Stroke Association’s mission.The RAISE Award for Outstanding Group honors a group of people making a commitment to raising stroke awareness on a local or national level.

A stroke occurs when the flow of blood, oxygen or sugar supply to the brain is interrupted. The problems caused by a stroke depend on what part of the brain is damaged but can include loss of movement, feeling or neglect on one side of the body, difficulty with communication and swallowing, loss of bladder or bowel control, difficulty with coordination, impaired vision and depression. Most stroke survivors experience some degree of function recovery, with some returning almost complete function. Stroke rehabilitation focuses on doing things independently, even if that means learning a new way of doing them.

“We are incredibly honored to have been selected for this prestigious award,” says Dr. Ayanna S. Kersey-McMullen, who oversees Good Shepherd’s stroke rehabilitation program. “Good Shepherd’s specialized medical team, including physicians, rehabilitation nurses, therapists and care managers, helps patients maximize their recovery through a combination of expert, hands-on therapy and leading-edge rehabilitation technology. We strive to not only provide excellent inpatient care, but to also empower our patients to live full and healthy lives after they leave our hospital. Part of that is providing the resources that patients need to think about their health in a more comprehensive and whole person manner. ”

Over the past year, the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital (GSRH) Stroke Team has devoted significant time and effort to integrate additional wellness and preventative services into their continuum of care and promote awareness in the community. The team’s efforts include education about modifiable risk factors; providing patient friendly wellness logs to track blood pressure, blood sugars, daily exercise and nutritional intake; staff training on stroke prevention education; providing blood pressure cuffs to patients and education to patients, family members and/or support persons on blood pressure monitoring; and promoting wellness through nutrition with Good Shepherd’s team of inpatient and outpatient nutritionists. The team also provided lectures on wellness and prevention topics during their Stroke Support Group’s bimonthly meetings, held their twelfth successful Community Stroke Screening Day and completed stroke education at local senior centers.

The Good Shepherd Stroke Rehabilitation Program uses leading-edge rehabilitation technology like the Ekso Bionics® exoskeleton to help maximize function and increase independence in patients. The program specializes in evaluating and treating functional impairments that result from stroke, including muscle weakness and difficulty walking, performing tasks of daily living, speech and language impairments, swallowing disorders, cognitive or linguistic impairments, neuro-recovery and stimulation, and early spasticity management.


About Good Shepherd

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, is a nationally recognized rehabilitation leader, offering an unmatched continuum of care for people with physical and cognitive disabilities. Good Shepherd treats 65,000 patients annually at more than 60 locations in nine Pennsylvania counties. GSRN is the eighth largest rehabilitation provider in the country, according to Modern Healthcare magazine. Learn more at GoodShepherdRehab.org, Facebook, Twitter @GSRN or @GSRNnews.

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