Posted on October 15, 2021 8:59 PM
The Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Moravian University have announced the formation of a partnership between the two historic organizations to explore and develop educational and research opportunities that advance rehabilitation.
While some elements of the partnership, including cross-training and education, the partnership will come to fruition with the opening of the Good Shepherd – Moravian University 3D Experience, a 3D printing lab that will be located in the four building. floors and 76 beds of Good Shepherd. An inpatient rehabilitation hospital is expected to open in Upper Saucon Township in early 2023.
The Good Shepherd – Moravian University 3D Experience will be hosted in the experience center of the new rehabilitation hospital, to explore and research mega-trends in technology, including 3D printing, automation technology, wearable devices, l artificial intelligence, which have the potential to advance rehabilitation practices for people with stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury and other disabilities.
The partnership is the first of its kind between Moravian and Good Shepherd, and focuses on several key objectives:
â¢ Set up an innovative 3D printing center within a rehabilitation framework
â¢ Create and execute a progressive research program
â¢ Develop and serve as opinion leaders
â¢ Provide advanced training and education for current and next generation rehabilitation professionals
â¢ Influence the rehabilitation industry
âThis partnership will have far-reaching impacts for our patients with disabilities, especially when it comes to considering and creating personalized solutions that can benefit one or more people,â said Michael Spigel, PT, MHA, President and CEO of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation. Network.
“The ability of our clinicians to create an idea on paper to potentially change the life of a person with a disability, take that idea in two dimensions and create a product in three dimensions through technical and clinical collaboration with Moravian, is incredible,” Spigel mentioned.
âIn short, we design the future,â said Bryon L. Grigsby, president of the Moravian University.
âOur faculty is training the next generation of occupational and physiotherapists who will work in the field, and this opportunity allows us to explore ways to research new techniques and technologies in a hands-on environment,â said Grigsby.
âGood Shepherd is a leader in rehabilitation, and we are able to use the real practical nature of working with patients with these new products, to see how they work and to publish this information to the rest of the world,â said Grigsby.
Construction of the new Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital is expected to begin later in 2021. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on September 22.
The rehabilitation hospital experience center will include three areas of intervention:
â¢ 3D printing
â¢ Automation, where people with disabilities and their family members can learn to control their environment through enabling and automating technologies, such as Google Home, Amazon Alexa, and other assistive technologies.
â¢ Wearable devices and artificial intelligence
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, a nationally recognized nonprofit rehabilitation leader, has more than 70 locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Good Shepherd partners with Penn Medicine to provide rehabilitation and specialty services in the greater Philadelphia and New Jersey area through Good Shepherd Penn Partners.
Moravian University is the sixth oldest university in the United States, located in Bethlehem. Moravian University is a member of The New American Colleges and Universities, a national consortium of selective, small to medium-sized independent colleges and universities dedicated to the deliberate integration of liberal education, professional studies and the civic engagement.