Good Shepherd Specialty Hospital Celebrates 10 Years

Ten years ago Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, responding to the requests of local acute-care hospitals, began providing a new level of care to a unique segment of patients. The Good Shepherd Specialty Hospital was the first long-term acute care hospital (LTACH) in the region to care for individuals who are medically stable, but who have complex issues, such as ventilator dependency, wounds that won’t heal or multiple serious injuries or illnesses.

What Is a Long-Term Acute Care Hospital?

When someone suffers an accident or stroke or needs surgery, the first place he or she goes is an acute-care hospital, such as a Lehigh Valley Hospital or a St. Luke’s Hospital in the Lehigh Valley. There, clinicians patch up injuries, perform surgeries and stabilize the patient. After being stabilized, some patients—often those with underlying conditions—may be too medically fragile to go home, to a rehabilitation facility or to a skilled nursing facility.