Pictures-for-patients campaign sends positive message to Good Shepherd patients

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network is asking for the public’s help in spreading hope to their patients.  A social media campaign titled #PicturesForPatients calls for adults and children to draw, paint or color pictures for their patients who are in long term care as they recover from strokes, spinal cord injuries or other traumatic injuries.

picture submitted to #picturesforpatients -PHOTO/SUBMITTED

The campaign aims to increase positivity at a time when patients have limited visitation due to the COVID-19 crisis. 

“It’s about hope for the patients,” said Frank Hyland, executive director of the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network. “During this public health crisis, being in a rehabilitation hospital is stressful enough, restricted visitors makes it more so.”

The Allentown-based health network has a goal of one picture for every patient. 

“It’s another way to help take a patient and their family to a better place mentally,” Hyland said. “When you have a catastrophic injury, it’s devastating- you are thinking, ‘Will I be able to walk? Have a child? Are my dreams crushed forever? I

“Hope is 50% of the battle.”-Frank Hyland, executive director, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network-PHOTO/SUBMITTED

don’t believe in false hope but in real hope.”

Pictures have already been submitted and Hyland said that the patients “absolutely love” them. 

“It’s important to help patients see that life is not over,” he said. “Humans are resilient. Hope is 50 % of the battle.”

Pictures can be emailed to communications@gsrh.org and will be printed and hung on residents walls, as well as posted to social media. 


Dawn Ouellette Nixon
Dawn Ouellette Nixon is a career journalist who believes that good journalism can change the world. As the health care reporter, she covers everything from small town medicine to big pharma. You can also find her chasing a good business story in Berks County. She can be reached at dnixon@bridgetowermedia.com. or 610-807-9619, extension 4118.

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