For Nurses and Advanced Practice

Nurses at Good Shepherd Penn Partners, the official therapy provider for Penn Medicine, provide inpatient physical rehabilitation and specialized long-term acute care.

Good Shepherd Penn Partners offer world-class physical, occupational and speech therapies that are tailored to address unique rehabilitation needs. 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. Good Shepherd Penn Partners is a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Nurses at Good Shepherd Penn Partners, the official therapy provider for Penn Medicine, provide inpatient physical rehabilitation and specialized long-term acute care. Collaborative teams include Penn Medicine physicians, nurses, therapists, case managers, and psychologists who are passionate about helping patients get their life back.

Good Shepherd Penn Partners is accredited by The Joint Commission and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, with whom they collaborate to provide and promote safe and effective care. Good Shepherd Penn Partners is also proud accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities International (CARF), because of their commitment to continuous quality improvement, service excellence and patient satisfaction.

Jean Romano, MSN, RN, NE-BC

Good Shepherd Penn Partners Chief Nursing Officer
Jean Romano, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Chief Nursing Officer, Rittenhouse Campus
Administrator, Specialty Hospital
Good Shepherd Penn Partners

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 is licensed through Penn Medicine and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and medically managed by Good Shepherd Penn Partners. Patients have access world-class physical, occupational and speech therapies that are tailored to address unique rehabilitation needs. Collaborative teams include Penn Medicine physicians, nurses, therapists, case managers, and psychologists who are passionate about helping patients get their life back.

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

  • Neuroscience Services
    • Stroke Specialty Program
    • Brain Injury Program
  • Musculoskeletal Services
    • Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Program
    • Amputation Specialty Program
  • Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services
    • Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program
    • Multi-Trauma Rehabilitation Program

Patients receive at least 15 hours of therapy per week – generally three hours daily, five days a week. Each patient sets goals at the beginning of their stay and the care team creates a comprehensive, unique plan designed to increase functional independence as much as possible.

Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse

The Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse acts as a bridge to other services and therapies. The care team works in collaboration with other Penn Medicine physicians as well as outside providers to ensure patients receive the best possible care. Patients admitted to the Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse are typically too ill to go to other levels of care, require a doctor's care every day, or need rehabilitation at a slower pace. Long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs) like the Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse

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

  • Pulmonary Program
    • Respiratory failure and emphysema
    • Cystic fibrosis
    • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
    • Spinal cord injuries
    • Brain injuries
    • Pulmonary hypertension and severe pulmonary disease
    • Trauma
    • Pre and post-transplant
  • Infectious Disease Program
    • Endocarditis
    • Osteomyelitis
    • Brain abscesses
    • Septic arthritis
    • Infected surgical wounds
  • Medically Complex Program
    • Cardiac disease and heart failure
    • Pre and post-transplant care
    • Liver failure
    • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolus
    • Blood disorders
    • Malnutrition
    • Multi-organ failure
  • Transitional Rehab Services
    • Brain injury
    • Spinal cord injury
    • Progressive Central Nervous System (CNS)
    • Cardiac disease
    • Major or multiple trauma
    • Amputation
    • Stroke

Awards and Accreditations

Good Shepherd Penn Partners is accredited by The Joint Commission and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 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:

  • Stroke Specialty Program
  • Brain Injury Specialty Program
  • Spinal Cord System of Care Program
  • Amputee Specialty Program
  • Comprehensive 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.

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