News Release

November 10, 2011

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Good Shepherd Penn Partners Opens 10th Outpatient Site: Outpatient Neurorehabilitation
Now Available in Rittenhouse Area

PHILADELPHIA, PAGood Shepherd Penn Partners (GSPP) today officially opened its 10th outpatient site, GSPP Penn Therapy & Fitness-Rittenhouse, at 1800 Lombard Street in Philadelphia.  The 11,000-square-foot facility located on the first floor of Penn Medicine at Rittenhouse, offers orthopedic/sports medicine rehabilitation and specialized services for people with neurological issues such as stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury and MS. 

Outpatient neurorehabilitation services are available for the first time in the Rittenhouse area at the new GSPP facility. The new facility's 11 staff members include five new GSPP employees, who are specialized neurorehabilitation therapists.

"This is not an ordinary outpatient physical therapy site," says Kim Grosch, Director of Therapy for GSPP. "Our therapists are working with leading-edge rehabilitation technologies to complement hands-on therapy. In addition, many of our staff members are specially trained and hold certifications as brain injury specialists, athletic trainers, McKenzie practitioners, RESNA assistive technology practitioners and Vital Stimulation experts."

The state-of-the-art outpatient rehabilitation site includes:

  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy
  • Rehabilitation technology, such as the AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill, the SMART Balance Master® and the Armeo®Spring robotic arm
  • A 60-foot track with a special non-slip, lower-impact surface
  • Motion analysis equipment for golf swings, running and gait
  • Amputee Rehabilitation Program
  • Hand therapy
  • Separate gyms for orthopedic and neurological patients
  • An ADL (aids of daily living) area with a stove, sink, washer/dryer – all for helping patients regain the ability to do daily activities at home
  • A Wheelchair Seating and Mobility Clinic to open by the end of November– another first for the area

"When Good Shepherd Penn Partners became operational in 2008, one of our future plans was to open an outpatient site on the Penn Medicine at Rittenhouse campus, to complement the inpatient rehabilitation hospital and the long-term acute care hospital," says Sally Gammon, Chair, GSPP Board of Directors and President and CEO, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network. "We look forward to having a unique continuum of post-acute care on this campus when the Penn Medicine Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department moves into its new offices down the hall from the new outpatient facility."

A patient may arrive from critical care or an ICU to the GSPP Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse for ventilator weaning. When a stroke patient is ready for three or more hours a day of therapy, he or she will come to the inpatient rehabilitation hospital, the Penn Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine. In that same building, the patient could receive outpatient care at GSPP Penn Therapy & Fitness-Rittenhouse (upon discharge from inpatient care) and have follow-up appointments with a physical medicine & rehabilitation physician.

"These patient services, all located at Penn Medicine at Rittenhouse, are a testament to the successful, synergistic partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine and reflect our commitment to bringing world-class post-acute care to the neighborhood, city and region," says Gammon.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 215-893-2500.


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; Lancaster General Health; 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.