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Good Shepherd to move rehab unit from Pocono Medical Center to St. Luke's

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An example of a room in the Good Shepherd Unit to be moved to St. Luke's Monroe Campus.(Contributed)
An example of a room in the Good Shepherd Unit to be moved to St. Luke's Monroe Campus.(Contributed)

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network said it will join St. Luke's University Health Network to open a unit next month at its new Monroe Campus in Bartonsville.

Good Shepherd had been leasing space at Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg but will be leaving that space and transferring all 40 employees to the St. Luke’s space, said Carry Gerber, a spokeswoman for Good Shepherd.

“Our lease was not renewed,” Gerber said. “Pending Department of Health approval, we are planning to move patients and begin seeing patients on Jan. 12. Employees who are currently working at Pocono Medical Center will be transferred.”

Good Shepherd’s contract for operating the unit at Pocono Medical Center expires on Dec. 31.

Good Shepherd will lease nearly 13,000 square feet at the Monroe County hospital to open a 12-bed inpatient unit.

The Monroe Campus, St. Luke’s newest hospital, opened in October.

While Pocono Medical did not renew the lease, Gerber said Good Shepherd was given adequate notice to find an alternate location. Good Shepherd needed space to continue to operate its rehabilitation unit in the Pocono region, and St. Luke’s agreed to lease space on their Monroe campus.

“We look forward to continuing to provide excellent care to patients in conjunction with our new host hospital,” she said.

The unit at St. Luke’s will serve patients who have experienced a variety of conditions, including stroke, traumas, complex joint replacements, amputations, severe arthritis and multiple sclerosis.

The unit will offer rehabilitation care in private rooms, with services that include physical and occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and oncology rehabilitation.

It is unknown how Pocono Medical Center will fill the space once Good Shepherd leaves.

Geoffrey Roche, spokesman for Pocono Medical Center, said PMC has been a lessor of space to Good Shephard for their use as an acute rehabilitation unit for a number of years.

“Good Shepherd operates the unit under their provider license and therefore, the staff are their employees,” Roche said. “PMC made the decision to end the lease and will be announcing ‘plans for future rehab services and the use of the area at a future date. We thank Good Shepherd for the wonderful care they have provided to patients in our community.”

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