Good Shepherd's Werner Receives National Recognition for Multiple Sclerosis Programming12/10/2008
December 10, 2008
Allentown, PA - Jerry Werner, Multiple Sclerosis Wellness Program coordinator at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, has been inducted into the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Volunteer Hall of Fame. Werner recently was honored at the National Multiple Sclerosis Conference in Chicago for her work bringing Multiple Sclerosis (MS) programming to those living with the disease in the Lehigh Valley.
At Good Shepherd, Werner is responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining a diverse set of programs and activities, all aimed at empowering people with MS by giving them the tools they need to maximize their independence. She is a frequent speaker, volunteer and participant at National MS Society - Delaware Valley Chapter events and serves on the chapters services committee.
The National MS Society helps people affected by MS by funding leading-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, which has the highest concentration of Certified Multiple Sclerosis Specialists in the Lehigh Valley, offers a comprehensive program for MS patients, including the latest in assistive and rehabilitation technology, speech and cognitive rehabilitation, home modification and support groups.
MS is a lifelong neurological disease, which attacks the central nervous system. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision.
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, 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 40,000 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 in 8 eastern Pennsylvania counties. Good Shepherd operates 16 outpatient sites, 4 inpatient sites, a long-term acute care hospital, 2 long-term care homes for people with severe disabilities, an independent living facility, a Work Services division that provides employment training and job placement and a lifestyle products online store called Rehability. Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, began operations in July 2008 and provides post-acute care in the Philadelphia region. Good Shepherd was founded in 1908 when The Rev. John and Estella Raker invited a disabled orphan named Viola into their Allentown, Pennsylvania, home. Good Shepherd is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. For more information, visit www.GoodShepherdRehab.org.