The Future Is Ours - July/August 2013

Dear Friends,

I’m privileged and honored to be addressing you for the first time as Good Shepherd’s new president and chief executive officer. I officially took over as of June 1 and have been visiting our sites and starting to get acquainted with our associates. It’s been a whirlwind – including orchestrating a move with my family from Carlisle to the Lehigh Valley – but I am energized and truly impressed with the people I’ve met, their dedication to their patients and their love of the organization.

I’ve heard so many good things from our patients about the care at Good Shepherd. Many close relationships have been formed between staff, our patients and our residents. We have a strong group of dedicated volunteers too, and I know they are an essential part of the Good Shepherd family.

One of the things that resonated with me during the interview process was Good Shepherd’s mission and history. Even as we look ahead, the roots of who we are ground us in everything we do. My predecessor, Sally Gammon, and our associates honor that; and I will too.

There’s a lot for me to learn and health care is facing some daunting challenges, but I’m confident that the experience I bring will serve us all well. I’m committed to fiscal responsibility without compromising patient care excellence, a foundation that was set long ago by this organization. 

There’s so much to be excited about – emerging technologies, continuing education that keeps our staff in the forefront of the best patient care and new partnerships to explore.

The future is ours, and I’m really looking forward to getting to know as many of you, our loyal donors, as possible. Let’s work together today to ensure a vibrant tomorrow for those in need.

It’s great to be here! I welcome your ideas and your support.



John Kristel, MBA, MPT

President & CEO