GOOD SHEPhERD PENN PARTNERS
Another great night of fundraising with CEO of Good Sheperd’s Laura Porter. Seen here with me auctioning off my newly released “POPE AMERICA” signed glicee.
Good Shepherd Penn Partners opened its doors on July 1, 2008. Bringing together two nationally respected healthcare organizations they provide the region with a continuum of post-acute care. This includes inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and a long-term acute care hospital.
How did Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network (GSRN) and Penn Medicine connect to focus on post-acute care? What was the vision for a new post-acute care organization that serves Penn Medicine and beyond? Understanding the origins of Good Shepherd Penn Partners requires going back a few years.
PM&R at Penn Medicine
Penn Medicine’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) program has been in existence for more than 100 years. In 2004 PM&R embarked on a strategy to improve its education and research programs, while strengthening relationships with Penn Medicine’s clinical departments and outside organizations.
The department’s main objective was to coordinate post-acute care throughout the Penn Medicine System. Earlier in the century Penn Medicine’s acute-care hospitals offered independent rehabilitation services. The need for a unified approach to rehabilitation care was a catalyst for the formation of Good Shepherd Penn Partners.
The Right Partner
Penn Medicine’s PM&R department sought outside expertise. This meant a partner with post-acute care management expertise and outstanding patient outcomes. Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network (GSRN), based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, was selected over several organizations because of its expertise in long-term acute care and rehabilitation and for its successful experience with health-care partnerships.
What began as a conversation between Richard Salcido, M.D., Chair of the Department of PM&R and Program Director of the PM&R Residency Program at Penn Medicine, and Sally Gammon, President and CEO of GSRN, turned into a dynamic joint venture that was named Good Shepherd Penn Partners to signify the synergy between the two organizations.
Combining research and clinical expertise with a 100-year tradition of evidence-based rehabilitation care resulted in the optimization of post-acute care in the Philadelphia region. The two organizations were able to come together to work to align post-acute care throughout the Penn Medicine system.