Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network has announced plans to build a new state-of-the-art rehabilitation Hospital in Center Valley on land it owns across from the Promenade Shops – replacing its South Allentown rehabilitation hospital, which opened in 1983.
“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,” said Gary Schmidt, chair of the board of trustees in a release.
He said Good Shepherd is currently conducting a feasibility study to analyze re-use options for the current hospital building at 850 South Fifth Street.
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 hospital, being built on 12 acres, will be a three-story, 75-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital.
The 123,000-square-foot facility will 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 and neurodegenerative diseases.
“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,” said Executive Director Frank Hyland.
Good Shepherd purchased the 45-acre plot of land where the hospital is being built in 2016.
Officials say they are 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 for design of the new hospital and campus. Selection of a project construction firm is pending an open bid process. Construction is
anticipated to take two years.
The final cost of the project has not yet been determined according to network officials.