News Release
 

March 24, 2011

CONTACT: Olivia Fermano
215-349-5653
olivia.fermano@uphs.upenn.edu


Penn Medicine - University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and University of Pennsylvania Health System


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http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/news/News_Releases/2011/03/rittenhouse-rehab-expansion/

Good Shepherd Penn Partners & Penn Medicine Hold Groundbreaking Ceremony to Announce Expansion of Rittenhouse Campus Facility & Patient Services

Former Flyers Captain and Penn Rehab Patient, Keith Primeau to Attend

WHEN: Thursday, March 24th
 12 – 1 PM
Remarks to begin at 12 PM
Tours of the current Rittenhouse campus will be available following the ceremony
WHERE: Penn Medicine Rittenhouse
1800 Lombard St.
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Please enter the building through the South St. Entrance between 18th & 19th
Free off-street parking is available to attending media
Please enter to your left off 18th Street, between South & Lombard

WHO & WHAT:

GSPP & Penn Medicine

Good Shepherd Penn Partners (GSPP) and Penn Medicine are holding a groundbreaking ceremony at the Penn Medicine Rittenhouse Campus. The ceremony is to announce to the community the new facility changes and patient services additions, especially the addition of out-patient physical medicine and rehabilitation services. Former Philadelphia Flyers captain and former Penn Medicine patient, Keith Primeau, will attend and give a few remarks about the importance of rehab medicine in his recovery.

The additional 12,000 square feet dedicated to a new Outpatient Therapy Clinical will feature specialty services for neurological conditions and injuries and orthopaedics and sports medicine injuries. With the expansion comes three new services: a Comprehensive Traumatic Brain Injury Program, a Spinal Cord Injury Program and a state-of-the-art Gait Lab that uses computer analysis, pressure sensitive floor and multiple video cameras to analyze patients’ natural walking cycles. This new expansion enables Good Shepherd Penn Partners and Penn Medicine to offer patients the full continuum of care in one facility. Patients will be able to receive all their inpatient and outpatient post-acute care in one location.

During the first part of 2012, the renovation of this first-floor space at Penn Medicine Rittenhouse will be completed and will house a new GSPP Penn Therapy & Fitness site and Penn Medicine’s Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation’s administrative offices and patient care space.
                   
Keith Primeau
Beloved former captain of the Philadelphia Flyers, Keith Primeau, was a Penn Therapy & Fitness patient after suffering from a career ending concussion back in 2006. He received personalized outpatient vestibular (inner-ear related) rehabilitation tailored to symptoms and deficits related to post-concussion syndrome. Now, Primeau uses his own experiences to help others and is heavily involved with the Play it Cool Program, a concussion/head trauma awareness and education program designed for youth sports and the organization, StopConcussion.com . Primeau, a successful businessman now, is also the proud coach of his two youngest sons' hockey team – Team Comcast in Pennsauken, NJ – and Bishop Eustace Ice Hockey.

More About GSPP
Good Shepherd Penn Partners is a joint venture of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, based in Allentown, PA, and Penn Medicine. Since GSPP began operation in July of 2008, the post-acute care organization has expanded services to meet the growing needs of patients and the community. The partnership between the two world-class organizations has brought the following Good Shepherd Penn Partners services to the Philadelphia market: inpatient rehabilitation care at the Penn Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine; long-term acute care at the GSPP Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse; outpatient rehabilitation care at nine Penn Therapy & Fitness locations; and physical, occupational and speech therapy services within all three of Penn's acute-care hospitals.

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Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $4.3 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 17 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $392 million awarded in the 2013 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania -- recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report; Penn Presbyterian Medical Center; Chester County Hospital; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2013, Penn Medicine provided $814 million to benefit our community.