Dear Friends, The seasons are changing. Cooler breezes. The promise of crisp, refreshing fall days. My wife Monet and I, along with our three children are settling nicely into our new home, and I am enjoying getting acquainted with the Lehigh Valley and all it has to offer. I am a few months into my new position here at Good Shepherd and continue to be energized and inspired by the mission and the people. I’ve had an opportunity to spend some time visiting one-on-one with a number of donors and this has quickly become one of my favorite parts of the job. Fund raising is a relatively new domain for me, but everyone I meet puts me at ease because they know we are good and faithful stewards of their gifts. And, through their personal histories with us, I’m learning a lot that enriches my broader understanding of who we are. Our donors see our mission in action as a vital, living thing of which they’re an important part. In fact, Mission in Action is the theme of our 2013 Honor Roll of Donors, which you’ll find on the web at SweetCharityOnline.org, and it’s evident in this issue of Sweet Charity. You’ll see philanthropy at work in the life of Ken Beers, who suffered a spinal cord injury and walked to the altar to marry his long-time fiancé with the use of incredible technology. You’ll see a generosity of spirit at work through Abby Marone, a 16-year-old Girl Scout who raised money and collected toys for our pediatric inpatient unit. And you’ll see compassionate care and clinical expertise as a springboard for Christine Wilshire, who lost more than 262 pounds and is experiencing life in a wonderful new way. I am looking forward to meeting more of you in the months and years to come. I believe strongly in relationshipbuilding and creating conversations that will make Good Shepherd even better. I hope you will join me in making that happen with your continued loyalty.
John Kristel, MBA,MPT President & CEO
Her Profile In Courage
Good as Gold....................................... 8
Girl Scout Abby Marone took on a project that earned her a Gold Award, but the real win was priceless.
Taking a Stand for Love.............................10 When Dan Beers walked to the altar to exchange wedding vows with his bride, each step brought him closer to a dream fulfilled in more ways than one.
Christine Wilshire of Pennsburg had everything to gain when she lost more than 262 pounds with lots of help and support from her family and the therapy team at Good Shepherd’s East Greenville site. On the cover: Christine and Jay Wilshire Cover photograph: Randy Monceaux
IN THIS ISSUE Sweet Charity Is Changing With the Seasons..........15 Where Are They Now?...................18 — Ally Armstrong Gifts of Love...................................22 Giving Back....................................26
Freedom Floats .....................................12 Their wheelchairs all but forgotten, members of Good Shepherd’s Spinal Cord Injury Support Group found freedom on a kayaking excursion.
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Where the Heart Leads.............................16 A respiratory therapist forms a special bond with a former patient and together they make summer memories of a lifetime.
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The photograph clinched it. The woman in the photo smiling back at Christine Wilshire weighed more than 400 pounds. She was pre-diabetic and on a collision course to a raft of other health problems if she didnâ€™t do something about it.
Trying on a headpiece during a gown fitting Right: Chris and Jay renew their vows 4
That woman was Christine. The photo was taken in 2010 while Christine was on a trip to Palm Springs, California, to celebrate her 50th birthday with her sister. She could barely walk a few steps without getting out of breath. Back pain racked her body making exercise impossible. This was not at all where the mother of two wanted to be.
Support team members included (L-R) Caitlin Massey, physical therapist; Karen Long, physical therapist assistant; Chris Wilshire; and Jessica Ruccius, secretary.
“I was in a really bad place,” she says. “My father was overweight and pre-diabetic and I just found out that’s where I was at. I didn’t want to die.” Chris had struggled with her weight since high school. “I wasn’t getting enough exercise, I was eating the wrong things. I also have an under-active thyroid.” The battle included losing and then gaining 100 pounds twice. “I had a black belt in losing weight,” she jokes. Chris explored gastric bypass surgery and was told she couldn’t get it done until she’d lost 10 percent of her body weight. That goal brought her to Good Shepherd Physical Therapy – East Greenville in August 2010, determined to make some big changes.
Karen Long, a physical therapist assistant and site manager, remembers how difficult it was for Chris to walk even a few steps. “We came up with a plan of care to break her out of that cycle of pain she was in,” says Karen. “We knew she needed exercise for weight loss and that would be the springboard for surgery.” The therapy plan, which included a high protein diet, started with something pretty fundamental – walking. Karen and Pam Cubbage, a physical therapist, met Christine at 8 a.m. several mornings a week, and together they began walking the length of the strip mall. Each step took every ounce of Christine’s willpower. Everything hurt; her knees, her ankles, her back. “Do you know how much courage that takes?” says Karen.
“My quality of life was terrible,” she says. “It was do or die.” 5
Family support from husband Jay and sons Alex, 20, and Patrick, 27, had a lot to do with Chris’s motivation to succeed. “Jay was definitely there for me the entire time,” says Chris. “And my kids too, of course were my biggest supporters.” Gradually, Chris’s walks got longer, eventually progressing to circling the entire mall. “It felt like climbing the summit of Mt. Everest,” she recalls. By February 2011, Chris had lost 80 pounds, far exceeding the 10 percent requirement needed for the weight-loss surgery, which she was finally able to get. Chris returned to her home in Pennsburg but the surgery was just one more step in a demanding recovery process. Chris’s physical accomplishments were remarkable but after years of pain and the psychological chains that came with being a prisoner in her own body, Chris had some mental hurdles to overcome too. “When I first had the surgery, I was afraid to walk outside,” she says. “So I just started walking up and down the upstairs hallway for 15 minutes at a time. Then I went down the stairs and through the house.” Chris’s weight struggle was not the only thing that’s tested her mettle over the years. Fifteen years ago, lightning hit the family home causing a devastating fire. Fortunately, no one was home. “I lost all my pictures, my wedding gown, everything,” says Chris. A few small things weren’t destroyed – some dime-store angel sculptures, First
Communion candles and a toothpick sculpture of Jesus on the cross. “If I never believed in angels or protection, I certainly did that day,” says Chris. “I really believe someone was watching over us.” Chris and Jay rebuilt a beautiful new home and today count their blessings. Grateful for Chris’s extraordinary achievement, the couple celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on June 8 by renewing their vows at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Collinsville, Ill., where they were married. “This was something to celebrate,” says Chris. “It was really, really fun. Very emotional too. It was a little bittersweet at the end because my dad’s been gone a couple of years. He would have loved it.” The joyous occasion was shared by their original best man and maid of honor, as well as their youngest son, Alex (Patrick was unable to attend). They even had the same photographer. And although the Good Shepherd staff couldn’t be with Chris and Jay at the ceremony, there were very much there in spirit. “Karen and the staff at Good Shepherd are like family to me,” says Chris, who asked
With therapist Karen Long Right: Walking with Jay at Walmart
Karen to help her shop for a wedding gown to show off her new figure after losing 262 pounds. “There was so much encouragement from the therapists, fellow patients and volunteers. I could never have achieved what I did without their support.”
“I am so proud of Christine,” says Karen. “Her determination has been remarkable and inspiring.” Emily Eider contributed to this story.
Chris continues her workouts at East Greenville and loves taking walks.
Girl Scout Abby Marone took on a project that earned her a Gold Award but the real win was priceless.
Abby Marone is driven, determined and has a heart of gold every bit as big as her Girl Scout Gold Award. And the children who come to the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit are the ones benefitting from it all. The bright and energetic 16 year old from Belvidere, NJ, was looking for a project to fulfill her Gold Award and found just the thing at Good Shepherd. Through her mother’s business relationship at Good Shepherd, Abby got in touch with Michele Shara, a recreational therapist at the pediatric unit in Bethlehem, and began brainstorming ideas. The result was an ageappropriate Sensory Guide with activities for the various senses that both the therapists and parents can use at home with their children.
Herman, Freund & Faul in Bethlehem, where attorney Peter McEvoy works. Peter also coaches the mock trial team at Abby’s school. When all was said and done, Abby bought and received $2,000 in toys, a play house and a washable play pen/bassinet combo that was high on Michele’s wish list. “She’s amazing. She really is,” says Michele. “It was a humbling experience for me,” says Abby, “because when I was in the thick of research, I sometimes felt overwhelmed. But once the project was finished and I was able to see how the guide helped and how happy the kids were with the toys, I realized it wasn’t my project; it was theirs.”
“Sensory integration is not something people usually know about and I wanted to raise awareness,” says Abby. The guide is especially helpful for children in the feeding program, those with developmental delays and those who have been hospitalized for lengthy periods of time and benefit from sensory play when they come to Good Shepherd, explains Michele. But Abby didn’t stop there. She exceeded Michele’s expectations and held a toy drive based on a wish list. She started raising money with a local Brownie Troop 95041 in Harmony, NJ, then expanded the drive to her Girl Scout service unit, her school at Notre Dame High School, Green Pond, Easton, and the law firm of King, Spry, Right: Abby worked with Michele Shara, recreational therapist, to create a Sensory Guide for therapists and parents to use at home. 9
Dan’s accident cost him many things that day – the use of his legs, his livelihood working in a manufacturing plant and the ability to participate in a wide range of sports, from running to mountain biking. But with the use of the Ekso bionic exoskeleton that Dan uses in therapy at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, the Slatington resident is on track to leading a fulfilling life, now more than ever with his lovely wife. Ekso is a wearable, robotic exoskeleton made by Ekso Bionics that allows those with lower-extremity paralysis or weakness to stand and walk. The battery-powered device is strapped over the user’s clothing and used in therapy for patients with spinal cord injuries, like Dan. Since starting therapy with the Ekso, Dan says his leg muscles are getting stronger, he has more muscle tone and his leg spasms are reduced. He also has developed the strength to use Kafo leg braces and a walker in therapy. On a beautiful summer Saturday, Dan Beers achieved something remarkable. Injured 11 years ago in a motorcycle accident that broke his back, paralyzing his legs, Dan walked to the altar to take his wedding vows with his long-time fiancée, Csala Peters. “When I stood and looked into Csala’s eyes, it was amazing,” says Dan, recalling the outdoor ceremony held July 6 at Ontelaunee Park in New Tripoli. “We were eye level. It was the best part of the day.” “As the music started, I got really emotional,” adds Csala, “because I knew I was going to see him standing. I kind of lost it.” 10
Dan and Csala met eight years ago at a Fourth of July party when she was visiting her sister. Csala was living in Ohio at the time and had a boyfriend, but she and Dan hit it off from the start. “Her boyfriend didn’t like it,” Dan says with a little smile. Csala returned to the area that September for her birthday. She and Dan went fourwheeling on their first date. He proposed to her April 6, 2007, at Niagara Falls with a room overlooking the famed Horseshoe Falls. They held off tying the knot until Csala completed her degree in elementary and special education. She works as a sub-
stitute special education teacher in the Bethlehem Area School District. Dan is now using the Ekso with Variable Assist software. This next generation of Ekso technology lets therapists augment their patients’ strength by tuning the amount of power contributed to help walking efforts for either leg. Good Shepherd is the first health-care organization in North America to receive the software. They say that behind every successful man is a great woman, and in Dan’s case, there’s a whole group of them. In 2012, members of the Women’s Giving Circle at Good Shepherd, made a $43,000 gift establishing the Ekso Scholarship which helps Ekso users like Dan stay consistent with their therapy when there’s a gap in medical benefit coverage.
miles per hour. Among her most serious injuries was a fractured skull, a concussion and a broken nose. “Something like that changes your outlook entirely when you’re down and out and unable to do for yourself,” says Pat. Dan and Csala both know the steps they took to find one another were the first of many in a life together that will only get stronger. “Csala and I were both excited and thankful for the opportunity to use the Ekso at our wedding,” says Dan. “Using the Ekso to walk makes me feel like me again.” Emily Eider contributed to this article.
Pat Lockard, chair of the Women’s Circle, brings her own unique perspective to the gift. In 1970, 10 days before her own wedding, Pat was on her way to pick up her mother’s shoes for the wedding when her car was rear-ended by another car at 35 Below: Csala and Dan Beers with Pat Lockard, chair, the Women’s Giving Circle
For about one blissful hour on a sweet spring day in June, Ken Ryno felt free. Free from the paralysis that rendered his legs immobile after a 1979 motorcycle accident broke his neck and back. Free from pain. Free to glide along the waters of Lake Nockamixon in Bucks County as he gently paddled his kayak in the company of a small cadre of friends.
That sentiment was shared by others in Good Shepherd’s spinal cord injury support group who turned out for the excursion. The outing was organized by Jason Angstadt of Fleetwood, an avid outdoorsman and also a group member, in partnership with L.L. Bean of Center Valley which provided instruction and equipment.
As the Kunkletown resident slid out into the lake, alternately dipping his paddle into the water, first the right side, then the left, Ken found something, even as he left something else behind.
“Kayaking is a great sport for people with disabilities,” said Jason, who was working as a herdsman when an overly-protective mother cow charged him in 2011, causing irreparable damage to his spinal cord. “Little or no special adaptations are needed, and we can participate alongside people without disabilities.”
“When you’re out there, it just gives you a sense of equality, freedom and sheer enjoyment,” said Ken. “You leave everything on shore with your wheelchair.”
Jason’s interest in adaptive kayaking was piqued last year. He found out about L.L. Bean’s Outdoor Discovery School and hooked up with Steve Johnson, department manager, who runs the school. Jason and two others from the support group went kayaking with Steve and began working together to plan an outing that would involve more people. Steve is certified to teach through The American Canoe Association and wants to become certified to teach adaptive canoeing and paddling. “This was something on my radar that I wanted to accomplish,” said Steve. No adaptive
Opposite top: LL Bean kayaking instructor Brendt Steir with Danielle D’Angelis; (below) LL Bean Department Manager Steve Johnson guides Steve Wilkinson; (above) Richard Grube (foreground) gets pointers on land.
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You may have noticed something different with this issue of Sweet Charity. It’s expanded by eight pages! But that’s only one change we’re making. Starting with this issue, Sweet Charity will be going from a bi-monthly to a quarterly publication with issues coming out in the winter, spring, summer and fall. By adding more pages, you’ll be getting more great photos and stories in every issue about inspiring people overcoming seemingly impossible obstacles to enjoy lives of greater independence, and those who support our mission through partnerships in giving. Why are we doing this? As you know, these are challenging times. Health-care organizations like Good Shepherd are grappling with increasing costs while the demand for our services and charitable care grows. It’s important that we are good stewards of our financial resources, and that includes our work with Sweet Charity. By moving to a quarterly publication, we will realize significant cost-savings without sacrificing quality. And, we’re reducing our environmental footprint at the same time. You can always read Sweet Charity on the web at SweetCharityOnline.org where you’ll be able to see every issue in its entirety in a new pageturning format. We will continue to stay connected bi-monthly with our Giving Opportunities e-newsletter, linking to stories and events online before they appear in the print edition. If you’re not already receiving this newsletter, contact me at email@example.com and we’ll add you to our e-mail list. And don't forget to find us on Facebook at SweetCharityOnline. Thank you for continuing to be loyal supporters of our mission. I know many of you personally and look forward to meeting more. I have met some remarkable people who have taught me about grace, love and the power of the human spirit to transcend unthinkable tragedy. They have given me the gift of trusting me with their stories and for that I am blessed. Faithfully, Elizabeth McDonald Editorial Manager, Sweet Charity 15
John with parents Walt and Dot Lewis
leven-year-old John Lewis made something very special at camp this summer. It wasn’t the crafts or the S’mores or the bouquet of flowers picked especially for his date at the big dance on the last night. It was memories of a fun-filled week doing just about everything any other boy his age could possibly do. Except this was not your typical summer camp. At “Camp Victory,” John didn’t look at all like a kid who needs a ventilator to help breathe as he swam, went rock-climbing, felt the thrill of zip-lining through the forest trees, and made an appearance as Superman. Woven into those memories, like threads in 16
A slithery friend at camp
a cherished comforter, is a remarkable friendship with Jennifer Fradaneck, a respiratory therapist at the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit in Bethlehem. Jennifer volunteered to spend the week with John at PA Vent Camp near Bloomsburg in June, serving as his primary aide but more importantly, as his friend. The two met when John, who lives in Canadensis, was a patient on the pediatric unit for eight months from January through August 2012. “There are some kids you just get attached to,” says Jennifer. “Those months that John was at Good Shepherd made my work days happier because he was always there to
With Jennifer Fradaneck at Camp Victory
John with canine pal Ziggy
make me smile in many ways. I meet many children over the years who are so ill and it breaks my heart. Yet, as I care for them, I get closer to them and their families, like John, and I start to feel less sad about their illness as they improve and get better. It’s always rewarding to see the kids go home with their families, yet every once in awhile there is one that holds a very special place in your heart.”
John came to Good Shepherd to help recover from a devastating illness, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM), which attacks the central nervous system causing inflammation of the brain and spinal cord. The cause can be viral or bacterial and with John, as in many such cases, acute symptoms come on with life-threatening swiftness, resulting in neurological and visual problems.
Clearly, that feeling is mutual. “Jenn went above and beyond in her care for John,” says John’s father, Walt. “I could not possibly say enough about the gift she has been in John's life and ours as a family.”
John had been lethargic for about a week before his condition became critical, his father Walt recalls. The following Sunday, John woke up and “was just in a bad state,” limp and gasping for air. continued on page 20...
“I knew I wanted to do something in health care but didn’t know what exactly until I volunteered at Good Shepherd last summer.”
A strong faith, a loving family and a generous heart have helped propel Ally Armstrong forward more than three years after a sledding accident in February 2010 left her legs paralyzed. Today, the beautiful and vibrant 20-year-old from Schnecksville is focusing more than ever on her future as she moves into a new apartment with a roommate and starts her junior year at Jefferson University in Philadelphia in pursuit of an occupational therapy degree. “I’m really excited to be going to Jefferson because it’s ranked sixth in the country for occupational therapy,” says Ally, who spent six weeks at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital undergoing therapy followed by three months of outpatient therapy after her accident. “I knew I wanted to do something in health care but didn’t know what exactly until I volunteered at Good Shepherd last summer.” Ally had been a student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. When she decided to transfer to Jefferson, she needed to fulfill a post-entry requirement of 50 hours of volunteering in a rehabilitation setting. She spent most of her time helping out on Good Shepherd’s brain injury unit and at the pediatric outpatient unit, where she discovered some big differences in patient care.
Ally checked out the Jefferson campus and says that getting around in her wheelchair will be easy. “All the buildings are real close, and it’s all flat there,” she says. “And everybody’s willing to help me if needed, but I think it will be super easy.” Although she experiences pain in her feet, Ally is all about being independent and making the most of every day. “I’m coping really well,” she says. “I feel like it gets easier every day. There are so many opportunities in Philly … I’m excited about that.”
“It was amazing how different it was than working with older people,” she says. “I had to be a lot more patient. The kids did not want to sit still and I had to come up with ways to entertain them that were therapeutic at the same time.”
The Lewis’s are deeply grateful not only to Jennifer, but also to the entire Good Shepherd team at the pediatric unit. John was admitted to Lehigh Valley Hospital for one month before being transferred to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for further evaluation and treatment. A tracheostomy was performed, an artificial airway surgically created in his windpipe with a small tube connecting him to a ventilator to help him breathe. John continues to use the ventilator although he is able to spend long periods of time off it. He continues to take nourishment through a feeding tube inserted in his stomach. “At camp, I did all his daily care, getting him ready for the day and then ready for bed at night, and I also set up his tube-feeds and made sure he got his medications throughout the day,” says Jennifer. “Sometimes it was a challenge, but volunteering at vent camp with John for five days was just a great experience to continue a friendship we had started at Good Shepherd, because he became part of our family.” Sitting on the spacious front porch of their farmhouse sipping homemade lemonade, Walt and Dot, watched as their son, “Buster” as they call him, played in the yard with his sisters and dog, Ziggy. “Jennifer has just been lovely,” says Dot, John’s mother. “There aren’t words enough to express her kindness.” John remains unsteady on his feet, his fine motor skills are not fully restored, and his vision is somewhat impaired, but he gamely moves about with a big smile on his sweet face, eager to join in the fun. A winning week for John 20
“Dot and I are so thankful to each and every therapist, doctor, nurse, aide, housekeeping, and security staff member,” says Walt. “Each and every one of them was wonderful. The genuine kindness, care and accommodation that were offered to John and to us over the many months John was at Good Shepherd is something that we will always be grateful for.” John still has a lot of catching up to do as he enters fifth grade at Swiftwater Elementary School, but Walt and Dot remember how sick he was and marvel at the progress he’s made. “When he came home he was in a wheelchair and a walker. He couldn’t do anything,” says Walt. “At this point, he’s got a solid year of a positive trajectory.” Adds Dot, “When he started teasing his sisters, I knew he was back to normal.”
Brendt Steir teases Jason Angstadt out towards the kayak.
equipment was necessary for this excursion although some foam padding was used to help with a couple of kayakers who needed a little extra core support.” Steve and Jason worked closely with Good Shepherd therapists to make certain participants were physically able to go kayaking. Hand, arm and core strength were all considerations, said Steve. Kayakers also had to have the ability to turn over and rotate their heads up above the water should they fall in. Happily, everyone remained in their kayaks. “They all did really well,” said Jason. “Nobody got wet. We had a blast.”
“It was great just being able to enjoy the wilderness and be on top of the water and see the sailboats and the scenic view,” she said as she landed on shore. “I’m definitely going to do it again. It was worth it. The lake was beautiful.” Steve Johnson said the experience for him and his staff who helped out was very meaningful. “We took a lot of pride in being able to help Jason and his friends have a fabulous afternoon on the water,” he said. “What I really learned is how indomitable the spirit is of these folks and how lucky I am to be able to offer this and work with these guys.”
For Danielle D’Angelis of Jim Thorpe, this was her first time kayaking, but she hopes it won’t be the last. 21 21
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t looked a little like Christmas came early at Roosevelt Elementary School in Allentown on Friday, September 6, when members of Good Shepherd’s United Way committee delivered 289 new backpacks filled with school supplies and toiletries to some very lucky children. The backpacks were donated by Good Shepherd associates who pitched in for the third year in a row to help children in need get off to a good start in the new school year. Nearly 90 percent of the children at Roosevelt come from low-income families.
The classrooms bubbled with the sound of delight and surprise as the children opened their colorful and stylish backpacks, excited to discover things many children take for granted: pens 26
and pencils, rulers, notebooks, shampoo, hand sanitizer, and toothpaste. “My mom has a pen like this and now I have one of my own,” said 6-year-old Ayeika Cruz with a shy smile. Another first-grader hugged a blue binder. “I always wanted one of these,” said Elimer Ruiz Candelario, 6. Tamra Schwenk, 6, summed it all up when she grinned and said, “This is the best thing ever.”
Fall 2013 Official Publication Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network Allentown, PA Volume 106, Issue 5
BOARD OF TRUSTEES GOOD SHEPHERD REHABILITATION NETWORK DAVID G. DeCAMPLI, MS, Chair, Allentown SANDRA L. JARVA WEISS, JD, Vice Chair, Haverford SANDRA L. BODNYK, BS, Treasurer, Orefield SCOTT A. BAKER, MBA, Secretary, Schnecksville PATRICK J. BRENNAN, MD, Havertown ALVARO DIAZ, Allentown ROBERT E. GADOMSKI, MS, Bethlehem SARA (Sally) T. GAMMON, MBA, FACHE, Ex Officio President & CEO, Bethlehem MICHAEL R. GOLDNER, DO, FACP, Allentown F. MARK GUMZ, Bethlehem ELSBETH G. HAYMON, M.Ed, Allentown KATHERINE (Kassie) HILGERT, BS, Bethlehem JOHN KRISTEL, MBA, MPT, President & CEO, Allentown GERALD A. NAU, BA, Reading EDITH D. RITTER, MBA, Coopersburg KAREN SENFT, MD, Allentown LAURIE K. STEWART, BS, BA, CPA, Center Valley THE REV. DAVID R. STROBEL, M.Div., Bowers
DANIEL J. WILSON, PhD, Allentown Trustee Emeriti JOHN V. COONEY, MS, Allentown NELVIN L. VOS, PhD, Maxatawny THE REV. DR. HAROLD S. WEISS, M.Div., Allentown BOARD OF TRUSTEES GOOD SHEPHERD SPECIALTY HOSPITAL JOHN KRISTEL, MBA, MPT, Chair, Allentown SAMUEL MIRANDA, Jr., MS, RN, NEA-B.C. Vice Chair, Allentown DANIEL C. CONFALONE, MBA, FHFMA Secretary/Treasurer, Allentown JAMES J. DALEY, MD, Center Valley PETER T. ENDER, MD, Center Valley SARA (Sally) T. GAMMON, MBA, FACHE, Bethlehem
SUSAN L. LAWRENCE, MS, CPHQ, Bethlehem LARRY L. LEVIN, MD, Allentown GREGORY WUCHTER, RN, MSN, Easton FACILITY MEDICAL DIRECTORS SCOTT K. EPSTEIN, MD Good Shepherd–Wayne Memorial Inpatient Rehabilitation Center CLINTON C. HOLUMZER, MD The Good Shepherd Home–Bethlehem CATHERINE GLEW, MD The Good Shepherd Home at Conrad W. Raker Center GOOD SHEPHERD SPECIALTY HOSPITAL PROGRAM MEDICAL DIRECTORS JAMES J. DALEY, MD PETER ENDER, MD WILLIAM GOULD, MD JAAN P. NAKTIN, MD ADMINISTRATION JOHN KRISTEL, MBA, MPT, President & CEO SARA (Sally) T. GAMMON, MBA, FACHE, Ex Officio President & CEO MICHAEL A. BONNER, MBA Vice President, Neurosciences DANIEL C. CONFALONE, FHFMA Senior Vice President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer JOE HESS, MSA, NHA Administrator, Good Shepherd Home–Bethlehem FRANK HYLAND, MSPT Vice President, Rehabilitation Services Administrator, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital FRANCES IANNACCONE, MS, CRRN, NHA Administrator, The Good Shepherd Home at Conrad W. Raker Center CYNTHIA LAMBERT, M.Ed., Vice President, Government and Community Relations DAVID F. LYONS, CFRE Vice President for Development
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