Good News & Great Gifts

Volunteers Honored

Good Shepherd’s dedicated team of volunteers was honored at a sports-themed recognition dinner and lunch on April 17 and 18 at the Good Shepherd Home Raker Center. Eleven volunteers were given certificates of appreciation recognizing hours and years of service. Good Shepherd’s patient ambassadors were recipients of the 2017 Conrad W. Raker Volunteer of the Year Award. There are seven ambassadors trained to help ensure patients have a positive experience at Good Shepherd. Duties range from non-medical orientation on hospital services for new patients to spending time listening to those who need an understanding ear.

Project SEARCH received the 2017 Conrad W. Raker Business of the Year Award. Since 2008, Good Shepherd has partnered with Project SEARCH providing on-the-job training and employment opportunities for graduating high school students with intellectual challenges. Several Project SEARCH graduates have found work at Good Shepherd in areas ranging from maintenance to central supply. Christopher Weiss, pictured with Kim Pulli, his supervisor, is a 2017 Project SEARCH graduate now employed by Metz Food Services at its Good Shepherd site in Allentown.

PPL Donates Charging Station

At Good Shepherd, many of our patients and staff are technology driven. Ruth Aragon is no exception.Ruth, a secretary in Good Shepherd’s neurorehabilitation program and also a spinal cord injury patient, is seen here recharging her cell phone at a charging station recently donated by PPL Electric. The charging station is centrally located in the Health and Technology Center. It will be a welcome convenience to patients of all ages, family members and staff whenever they need a jolt of juice for their cell phones, iPads, tablets, and laptops. Ruth is wearing the Ekso GT™,  a wearable robotic device that allows people with lower extremity paralysis or weakness to stand up and walk. With Ruth is Nicole Yenser, a physical therapist.