All Around Good Shepherd

Good Shepherd's Gala in the Garden grasshopper art contest among children in the inpatient pediatric program resulted in lots of great submissions and three winners. First place went to Matthew Lenner, 6, of Allentown; second place, Deborah Ortiz, 8, of Bethlehem; and third place, Jacob Lyons, 5, of Bethlehem.

Matthew won a $200 Visa gift card and a $50 Toys R Us gift card, donated by members of the gala committee. Deborah won a $100 Visa gift card, also donated by the committee. Jacob won a Just Born gift basket, stuffed with goodies and donated by Just Born.

Ann Kichline studies her list as she gets off the elevator on the second floor of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital. She walks down the hallway and taps on the open door of a patient’s room. A woman calls out for her to come in.

“Hi. I’m Ann,” she says cheerily. “I’m a Patient Ambassador. Just checking to see if everything’s okay.”

Six players from the Lehigh Valley IronPigs baseball team played a modified game of wiffle ball with children and teens at the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Inpatient Unit in Bethlehem in early April, not long after the official start of baseball season. Players could only hit by placing the bat between their legs and swinging their hips or by holding the bat behind their backs.

Ferrous, the team’s mascot, joined in the hilarity with antics of his own. Tiana Bermubez, 12, from North Bergen, NJ, was among the young patients who got to meet the players.

May 2013

Click here to see the photo album.

Click here to see individual squad scores.


Watch a video of Lisa skiing!

Poised at the top of a snowy slope at Camelback Mountain in Tannersville, Sue Ballek looked at her younger sister Lisa and said, “This one’s for dad.” Seconds later, the two sisters, one on regular skis and the other in an adaptive piece of equipment called a bi-ski, were swooshing down the mountain with the aid of two volunteer ski instructors.

The 27th Annual NAGA First Swing Seminar and Learn to Golf Clinic was held Friday, May 4, 2012, at Wedgewood Golf Course, Coopersburg, PA. Held in partnership with Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and the National Amputee Golf Association, sponsors include Boas Surgical and the Eastern Amputee Golf Association. 

When it was started 27 years ago, the event was the first of its kind in providing professional golf instruction to people with disabilities and therapists working with people who have disabilities.

On Saturday, April 14, 2012, family, friends and donors gathered at the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit in Bethlehem to dedicate a physician exam room in tribute to the late Ralph DeCristoforo. Ralph, fiance to Sally Gammon, Good Shepherd's president and CEO, loved children and was remembered at  a memorial reception and the room dedication. Funding for the room was made possible through donations to the Ralph B. DeCristoforo Memorial Fund.