Hear Our Patients’ Stories

The physical rehabilitation program you choose can impact your quality of life. It can determine how mobile you are, how independent you are and how well you function day-to-day. Patients choose Good Shepherd Penn Partners for our high-quality care and services, matched with the latest advancements in medical science—featuring a wide range of therapies for patients looking to regain their lives.

We know that a physical rehabilitation plan may be daunting. That’s why we take a team-focused approach to help you regain your life through quality care, in-depth education and manageable goals Our goal is to get you back where you can get back to doing the things you love. We set your goals at the beginning of your stay and create a comprehensive, unique plan designed to increase your functional independence as much as possible. You and your needs are at the center of our treatment plan.

We have been able to help patients to reclaim their lives. Each of our patients are special to us and have very unique needs. Our highly trained clinical team are see beyond the disease or medical condition; creating each person with a customized programs to help them achieve their goals.

Learn more about our patients and how they’ve been able to thrive under our care:

Marie, Penn Rehab 


Finding herself 100 miles away from home fighting for her life, there were days not that long ago that 67-year old Marie had doubts that she would ever return home to her native Baltimore.

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Toly, Penn Therapy & Fitness 


For skateboarder Toly, being able to move freely on wheels has become second nature. As a sponsored skater who has been skating for over 15 years, he has become accustomed to working towards perfecting countless tricks, techniques and moves. But after a freak accident during a standard trick led to a torn ACL, Toly would be faced with reaching a new goal: to return to skateboarding through physical therapy.

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 Russell, The Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse & Penn Rehab

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Within 48 hours, Russell (Russ) found himself going from packing for vacation, to lying in a hospital bed, fighting for his life. Before that April day in 2010, 50-year-old Russ had no prior illnesses, and led an active life with his wife Jackie and their teenage daughter. But after a few days of stomach aches and fever, Russell decided to go to his local emergency room. Doctors discovered that he was suffering from undiagnosed diverticulitis, which caused his body complications such as a perforated bowel, sepsis, and organ failure. Within hours, he was placed into a medically induced coma in order for his body to attempt to heal while his doctors only gave him a 10% chance of survival that first night.

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Eugene, The Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse and Acute Therapy 

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 At the beginning of 2015, Eugene life was full of uncertainty.  He had spent the last four years waiting for a double lung transplant, the only option to reverse the damage cause from zarcoid that had progressively weaken his lungs. Eugene was admitted to the Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse to build the strength and stamina needed to undergo transplant. Eugene’s transplant team at the Penn Medicine Institute for Transplantation and the team at the Specialty Hospital  worked together to ensure his treatment plan prepared him for transplant surgery.

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Bethany, Acute Therapy & Penn Rehab 

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At 23-years-old, Bethany Dahlstrom has just started her life as a young adult. But without warning,  Bethany received the unexpected diagnosis of Leukemia less than 72 hours after visiting her primary doctor with concerns of fatigue and bruising. Bethany was rushed to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania to begin treatment through the Penn Cancer division of Penn Medicine.  During her first few weeks of inpatient treatment, Bethany suffered from a series of rare complications including heart failure, liver failure, kidney failure, and collapsed lungs, leaving her near death several times. In order to heal, Bethany was put under sedation for a month and placed on dialysis. When she woke up from sedation in January of 2015, a terrifying realization was discovered- she was  completely immobile.

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 Jessica, Penn Therapy & Fitness

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As an emergency room nurse at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), Jessica Bradley, RN, BA, provided care to countless patients finding themselves in unexpected medical emergencies. But one morning on her way to work, tripped and fell face first onto the sidewalk. She soon found herself on the other side of the patient care. After an evaluation, Jessica was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury and concussion as a result of her fall. Jessica was unable to function in her daily life, she couldn’t walk down the steps, or even close her eyes without feeling dizzy.

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 Janet, Penn Rehab & Penn Therapy & Fitness

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Janet is known for being a caregiver. As a 47 year-old mother to a 10 year-old daughter, the primary caregiver to her father and a patient service rep at Penn Medicine’s Maternal Fetal Medicine clinic, Janet was a natural at providing care to others. But after realizing she was unable to move out of bed one morning, she soon found herself on the receiving end of that same care.

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Matt, Penn Rehab 

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As a high school teacher and middle school lacrosse coach, Matt has spent many years teaching students important life lesson. During their struggles, Matt w motivated his students while empowering them to reach their potential. But in the blink of an eye, he found himself unexpectedly as the student. Matt’s was learning how to regain his life, with his Penn Rehab therapists as his teachers.

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Marianne, The Specialty Hospital at Rittenhouse

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During her 43 year career as a nurse, Marianne had plenty of experience helping patients through their hospitalization. After being diagnosed with bladder cancer during a routine physical, Marianne found herself in the role of patient. “Although I am a nurse, it is a different experience as a patient,” says Marianne. “For years I was the one encouraging patients and now am the one being encouraged. It was hard being on the other side.”

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by Patrice Bendig