January 23, 2007
CONTACT: Marc Kaplan
Good Shepherd and the University
of Pennsylvania Health System
(Allentown, PA) – Good
Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and the University
of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) today announced the
creation of Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a joint venture
and strategic alliance that creates one of the largest and most comprehensive
continuums of post-acute medical care in eastern Pennsylvania.
The joint venture also plans to open a new 38-bed long-term acute care
hospital (LTACH), named Good Shepherd Specialty Hospital -- Philadelphia,
which will provide specialized care to medically complex patients who
are not ready for the rigorous therapies provided at an inpatient rehabilitation
facility. LTACHs treat patients who require a higher level of care than
can be provided by a skilled nursing facility, with the national average
length of stay at an LTACH during fiscal year ’05 at more than 25
days. Long-term acute care represents a new area of specialized care for
Good Shepherd Penn Partners will focus on offering quality post-acute
care that will improve the functional independence of its patients thanks
to the strengths of both Good Shepherd and UPHS. Good Shepherd, whose
sole focus is post-acute care, will bring its patient-focused brand of
care and expertise in assistive and rehabilitation technology to more
people in a larger geographic region. UPHS will bring to the joint venture
its national recognition for its rehabilitation care; the Hospital of
the University of Pennsylvania currently ranks among the leaders in the
annual U.S.News &
World Report list of best
rehabilitation hospitals. In addition, both organizations will collaborate
on rehabilitation research, and many of the 30 sites where Good Shepherd
currently provides care may be options for UPHS’s resident and fellowship
training. The University of
Pennsylvania School of Medicine is the oldest medical school
in the nation training physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians
(also known as physiatrists).
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Good Shepherd is a nationally recognized rehabilitation leader, offering a continuum of care for people with physical and cognitive disabilities and specializing in assistive and rehabilitation technology. More than 35,000 people come to Good Shepherd each year for specialized programs in stroke, orthopedics, brain injury, spinal cord injury, pediatrics, amputation and more. Good Shepherd provides rehabilitation services at 30 sites in 7 eastern Pennsylvania counties. In addition, Good Shepherd operates 14 outpatient sites, 4 inpatient sites, a long-term acute care hospital, 2 long-term care homes for people with disabilities, an independent living facility, a Work Services division that provides employment training and job placement and a lifestyle products store called Rehability. Good Shepherd was founded in 1908 when The Rev. John and Estella Raker invited a disabled orphan named Viola into their Allentown, Pennsylvania, home. For more information, visit www.goodshepherdrehab.org.
PENN Medicine is a $2.9 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.
Penn's School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for receipt of NIH research funds; and ranked #3 in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical schools. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.
The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three hospitals, all of which have received numerous national patient-care honors [Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center]; a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty satellite facilities; and home care and hospice.