Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network (GSRN) announces its plan to build a three-story, 75-bed rehabilitation hospital in Center Valley/Upper Saucon Township, Pennsylvania.

The 123,000-square-foot facility will feature all private rooms and offer physical rehabilitation care to patients who are recovering from complex and catastrophic conditions, such as stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple traumatic injuries, amputation, neurodegenerative diseases and more, according to a news release from Allentown, Pa-based Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network.

“Good Shepherd’s Center Valley campus will serve as a destination for recovery for patients – from our region and across the globe – who turn to Good Shepherd for our unique brand of hope, compassion, comfort and healing. The project is closely tied to our mission, vision and a key component in achieving our Strategic Plan. The Board of Trustees was extremely deliberate and thoughtful in taking this historic step.”

Gary Schmidt, Chair, Board of Trustees

The new hospital will provide acute inpatient rehabilitation for adults, including physiatry services, nursing, occupational, physical, recreational and speech therapies, imaging, pharmacy, clinical psychology and more. The building will house dedicated units for specific conditions (such as brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke and more) and feature a multi-story therapy gym, the release adds.

“This leading-edge facility will allow us to continue offering world-class physical rehabilitation — and to do so in a modern, comfortable space that maximizes patient recovery. We also are excited to provide Good Shepherd Associates with an energizing, innovative environment that will help them grow as professionals, while they work to advance our industry.”

— Executive Director Frank Hyland, MS, PT

Plans call for the Center Valley-based Rehabilitation Hospital to replace GSRN’s existing South Allentown-based Rehabilitation Hospital, which opened in 1983. GSRN is currently conducting a feasibility study to analyze re-use options for the current hospital building, which stands at 850 South Fifth Street, Allentown.

“While our current Rehabilitation Hospital operations and staff will eventually shift to Center Valley, we fully intend to maintain a strong presence in South Allentown,” Schmidt says, adding that GSRN’s administrative offices and support services will remain in South Allentown, as will a number of other patient and resident services, including long-term care, outpatient rehabilitation and physician services.

The new Rehabilitation Hospital will be built on a 45-acre parcel of land that GSRN acquired in 2016. GSRN is in the process of evaluating future uses for the remaining acreage that will benefit Good Shepherd’s patients and families as well as the surrounding Upper Saucon Township community.

Good Shepherd’s Office of Business Development is working with KRN Development and Francis Cauffman Architects (FCA) for design of the new hospital and campus. Selection of a project construction firm is pending an open bid (RFP) process. Construction is anticipated to take two years. The cost of the new facility has not been finalized, per the release.

[Source: Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network]

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