Good Shepherd's Pediatric Program Honored by Pennsylvania Association of Rehabilitation Facilities9/23/2009
Allentown, PA – Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network’s Pediatric Program today was honored by PARF (Pennsylvania Association of Rehabilitation Facilities) with a prestigious Rehabilitation Agency Recognition Award. The award, presented at the 2009 PARF Annual Conference in Harrisburg, is presented annually to PARF member agencies for outstanding achievement or the development of exemplary programs or services for individuals with disabilities.
Good Shepherd’s Pediatric Program provides both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation care to children with a variety of physical or cognitive conditions, including autism, developmental delays, neuromuscular disease, stroke, brain and spinal cord injuries, or multiple traumas.
Last year, more than 1,400 children received care in Good Shepherd’s Outpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation Program, which offers the services of the only two board-certified developmental pediatricians in the Lehigh Valley region. Thirty-seven percent of those children received some sort of charity care because their families had no insurance or simply could not afford to pay for their child’s therapy.
To augment the outpatient services offered to children, Good Shepherd opened a new inpatient pediatric rehabilitation unit on July 1, 2009. The 16-bed Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit – the first of its kind in the region – allows families in the Lehigh Valley to forego having to travel considerable distance for post-acute inpatient rehabilitation care for their children.
“Good Shepherd’s pediatric rehabilitation program aligns with the organization’s commitment to helping people with disabilities live fuller, more independent lives,” says Brent Reitz, FACHE, Good Shepherd’s Vice President of Pediatrics. “We are proud to receive this honor from PARF, and we look forward to serving the children and families of the Lehigh Valley long into the future.”
For more information on Good Shepherd’s Pediatric Program, call 610-776-3578.