Good Shepherd leases space from Penn State Health St. Joseph

Fourteen-bed inpatient rehabilitation facility planned

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network plans to open a 14-bed inpatient rehabilitation facility at Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center in Bern Township, Pa., pending approval from the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The inpatient rehabilitation facility is expected to open in early Fall 2018.

The 12,000-square-foot facility will be located on the Garden Level of St. Joseph's main campus off Route 183.

“Patients who receive care at St. Joseph will benefit significantly from this partnership,” said Penn State Health St. Joseph CEO John Morahan. “As an acute-care hospital and an accredited stroke center and with growing neurosciences and orthopedic programs, we will be able to offer access to specialized post-acute care within our Bern Township hospital.”

Good Shepherd will provide inpatient 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.

Services will include neurorehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, speech/language therapy, oncology and cardiac rehabilitation and neuro-psychological services. Highly specialized rehabilitative medical care will be provided by on-site physiatrists, staffed by the Good Shepherd Physician Group, and a comprehensive rehabilitation care team representing various disciplines.

“We look forward to partnering with Penn State Health St. Joseph, as well as the remarkable physicians and health care providers in the greater Reading region, to make access to world-class rehabilitative care more convenient for patients and families,” said John Kristel, president and CEO of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network.

Good Shepherd's Bern Township inpatient rehabilitation facility will operate independently from Penn State Health St. Joseph, as a licensed service of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network. The network expects to hire approximately 35 employees to staff the facility.

March 22, 2018 Penn State Health News

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