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Good Shepherd leases space from Penn State Health St. Joseph for 14-bed inpatient rehabilitation facility

Good Shepherd leases space from Penn State Health St. Joseph for 14-bed inpatient rehabilitation facility

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network is planning to open a 14-bed inpatient rehabilitation facility at Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center in Bern Township, Pennsylvania, pending approval from the Department of Health. The inpatient rehabilitation facility is expected to open in early Fall 2018.

The 12,000 square foot facility will be located in existing space on the Garden Level of St. Joseph’s main campus off of Route 183 in Bern Township.

“Patients who receive care at St. Joseph will benefit significantly from this partnership,” says John R. Morahan, CEO of Penn State Health St. Joseph. “As an acute-care hospital and an accredited stroke center and with growing neurosciences and orthopedic programs, we will be able to offer access to specialized post-acute care within our Bern Township hospital.”

“The clinical partnership will close the loop on a seamless acute care/rehab experience,” continues Morahan. “Coupling continuity of physician care with the nationally-renowned expertise of Good Shepherd will make quality acute and rehab care readily accessible in one convenient location. An internal transfer to rehab care would be an ideal scenario for fragile patients as they start on the road to recovery.”

Good Shepherd will provide inpatient rehabilitation for patients who have experienced stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, major-multi traumas, complex joint replacements, amputation and other physical and neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.

Services will include neurorehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, oncology and cardiac rehabilitation and neuro-psychological services. Highly specialized rehabilitative medical care will be provided by on-site physiatrists, staffed by the Good Shepherd Physician Group, and a comprehensive rehabilitation care team representing various disciplines.

“Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network is a nationally recognized rehabilitation leader and an international destination for recovery,” says John Kristel, President & CEO, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network. “We look forward to partnering with Penn State Health St. Joseph as well as the remarkable physicians and health-care providers in the greater Reading region to make access to world-class rehabilitative care more convenient for patients and families.”

Good Shepherd’s Bern Township inpatient rehabilitation facility will operate independently from Penn State Health St. Joseph, as a licensed service of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network. The Network expects to hire approximately 35 employees to staff the facility. St. Joseph’s will provide certain contracted services as part of the arrangement, including food and nutrition, housekeeping and ancillary services.

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital at Penn State Health St. Joseph will feature beautifully appointed private rooms, a leading-edge rehabilitation gym, a home-like suite to practice activities of daily living and easy access to outdoor space. The garden-level space being occupied by Good Shepherd had been shelled for future clinical services when St. Joseph opened in 2006.