Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network based in Allentown plans to open a 14-bed inpatient hospital at Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center in Bern Township.
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital is expected to open in early fall.
The 12,000-square-foot facility will be in existing space on the garden level of St. Joseph’s main campus off Route 183.
Penn State Health’s partnership with Good Shepherd is expected to make it more convenient for its patients at St. Joseph’s to get specialized post-acute rehabilitative care in one location.
Good Shepherd expects to hire about 35 employees to staff the facility, which will operate independently from Penn State Health.
The center will feature private rooms, a rehabilitation gym, a home-like suite to practice activities of daily living and easy access to outdoor space.
“Patients who receive care at St. Joseph will benefit significantly from this partnership,” said John R. Morahan, CEO of Penn State Health St. Joseph.
“The clinical partnership will close the loop on a seamless acute care/rehab experience.”
Highly specialized rehabilitative medical care will be provided by staff from the Good Shepherd Physician Group and a comprehensive care team from various disciplines.
Good Shepherd will provide 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.