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Good Shepherd breaks ground on inpatient rehabilitation hospital

Stacy Wescoe//September 22, 2021

Good Shepherd breaks ground on inpatient rehabilitation hospital

Stacy Wescoe//September 22, 2021

Featuring a former patient, Ruth Aragon, who was able to walk again using its Ekso Bionics Exoskeleton, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network broke ground Wednesday on its new rehabilitation hospital in Upper Saucon Township. 

Located across the street from the Promenade Shops of Saucon Valley, the state-of-the-art inpatient rehabilitation hospital will be a four-story 76-private bed hospital, which will be the only one of its kind in the region. 

At the event, Aragon walked onto the stage using the exoskeleton and thanked the people of Good Shepherd for helping her and others like her with the will to recover. 

Michael Spigel, president and CEO of the network, said with the new facility Good Shepherd hopes to create more success stories like Aragon’s and break new ground on with emerging technologies and techniques. 

“This is a transformational project. This hospital will be a game changer in rehabilitation,” he said. 

He said the hospital’s goal is to revolutionize treatment and recovery options for people with complex medical conditions, such as stroke, spinal cord injury and brain injury. 

Dr. Sandeep Singh, chief medical officer and program director of the spinal cord injury program offered his support for the future of treatment at the hospital. 

“Our mission now is to elevate what has been our primary focus to another level,” he said. “I’m confident that this building and the infrastructure will attract the talent we need. This is an opportunity for us at Good Shepherd to embrace new technologies.” 

And by embracing those new technologies, John Inglis, Upper Saucon Township supervisor, said the hospital will become a center for rehabilitation technology, which will be good for the region’s economy. 

“We’re putting our full support behind this project it’s a chance to draw attention to the area and lure other tech companies here,” he said.  

In addition to the medical and rehabilitative treatment that will be available at the new hospital, the building will also feature an experience center where people in rehabilitation can learn about new technologies ranging from artificial intelligence to 3D printing and how they can be used for a more independent life. 

Construction on the inpatient rehabilitation hospital is expected to be complete in 2023. 

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