Nursing at Penn Medicine

Nursing at Good Shepherd Penn Partners

Good Shepherd Penn Partners, the official therapy provider for Penn Medicine, provides inpatient physical rehabilitation and specialized long-term acute care throughout the Philadelphia region.

Good Shepherd Penn Partners operates the Penn Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine, a 58-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital, and the Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse, a 38-bed long-term acute care hospital. Both facilities are located at Penn Medicine Rittenhouse.

Patients are cared for by a multidisciplinary team, led by rehabilitation and critical care nurses; occupational, physical, speech and respiratory therapists; hospitalists and physiatrists; case managers and pastoral care staff.

Good Shepherd Penn Partners is a joint venture between Penn Medicine and Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Expertise in Nursing for Continuity of Care

Good Shepherd Penn Partners rehabilitation and critical care nurses are specialists in returning patients to their highest level of function. Nurses are experts in caring for patients with a variety of medical conditions and physical challenges. This vast experience allows for a dynamic career path that is constantly evolving.

Penn Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine

The Penn Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine, a licensed unit of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, provides care for patients following a stroke, injury or serious illness. Patients are treated by a multidisciplinary team with support from Penn Medicine residents and physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians.

The Penn Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine specializes in care for the following diagnoses:

  • Amputation
  • Multi-trauma injury
  • Neurological illness (Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's disease)
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury

Patients receive a minimum of three hours of rehabilitation, five days a week. Rehabilitation programs are tailored specifically to meet the needs of each individual patient.

Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse

Medically stable but complex patients often need extended medical and nursing care. These patients may be too ill for discharge to a nursing facility, an acute-care rehabilitation hospital or their homes. For such patients, the Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse provides outstanding long-term acute care tailored to their complex medical needs.

The Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse treats a wide range of patient diagnoses, including:

  • Pulmonary-ventilator patients
  • Patients with complex wounds
  • Medically- and respiratory-complex patients
  • Patients with infection resolutions needs
  • Wound care patients

Nurses, therapists and physicians at the Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse specialize in weaning patients off ventilators and treating complex wounds.

Awards and Accreditations

Good Shepherd Penn Partners is accredited by The Joint Commission, demonstrating the organization's commitment to meeting standards for safety and quality. The Penn Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine also holds accreditations from the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities for the following programs:

  • Comprehensive Inpatient Rehabilitation Program
  • Inpatient Stroke Rehabilitation Program
  • Brain Injury Inpatient Rehabilitation Program
  • Amputee Inpatient Rehabilitation Program

In 2012, Good Shepherd Penn Partners and the Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse were awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health with the state's first award for "Excellence in Health Care Compliance" one of seven of the state's 244 health care facilities (and the only one in the Philadelphia region) to receive the award.