Thu. Dec 7th, 2023
    Introducing The Fleming Center for Robotics in Rehabilitation at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation

    Good Shepherd Rehabilitation is proud to announce the establishment of The Fleming Center for Robotics in Rehabilitation, a groundbreaking initiative that aims to pioneer the use of robotic and wearable technology in the field of rehabilitation. With the generous support of the Fleming Foundation, this forward-thinking hub will spearhead the exploration and implementation of cutting-edge technologies to enhance patient care and shape the future of rehabilitation.

    Led by the late philanthropist Richard Fleming’s daughter, Trinka Arnold, the Fleming Foundation has made a significant gift to make this vision a reality. This gift will allow Good Shepherd Rehabilitation to create the sole rehabilitation robotics center within the region, positioning them as a trailblazer in the field.

    The center was officially announced at a ceremony held at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital in Center Valley. To showcase the potential of robotic exoskeleton technology, two patients, Ken Fairchild and Mikena Galarza, demonstrated its current use in patient care.

    By establishing The Fleming Center for Robotics in Rehabilitation, Good Shepherd aims to invest in state-of-the-art technology that will greatly impact the quality of life for their patients. This also opens up opportunities for collaborations with technology companies to develop solutions that can be applied not only within Good Shepherd’s network but also in other rehabilitation centers.

    Trinka Arnold expressed her excitement about the partnership, stating, “The Fleming Foundation is proud to support Good Shepherd’s innovative use of technology in providing the best possible treatment plans for patients.”

    With over 250,000 outpatient visits and 1,000 inpatient admissions annually, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation is a leading network in the region. They cater to adult and pediatric patients with a wide range of conditions, including stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, chronic pain, and orthopedics, among others. Their dedication to pioneering solutions and testing innovative technologies directly with manufacturers has made them a trusted innovator in the field for over 115 years.

    The establishment of The Fleming Center for Robotics in Rehabilitation solidifies Good Shepherd’s commitment to improving the lives of patients through cutting-edge technology and sets the stage for a transformative future in rehabilitation care.


    1. What is The Fleming Center for Robotics in Rehabilitation?

    The Fleming Center for Robotics in Rehabilitation is a new hub within Good Shepherd Rehabilitation that focuses on identifying and testing robotic and wearable technology to advance rehabilitation care.

    2. Who is funding The Fleming Center for Robotics in Rehabilitation?

    The Fleming Foundation, led by Trinka Arnold, the daughter of the late businessman and philanthropist Richard Fleming, has provided a substantial gift to support the establishment of the center.

    3. How will The Fleming Center for Robotics in Rehabilitation benefit patients?

    The center aims to explore and invest in cutting-edge technology that can significantly improve the quality of life for patients at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation, as well as potentially extend its impact to other rehabilitation networks.

    4. What conditions does Good Shepherd Rehabilitation treat?

    Good Shepherd Rehabilitation provides care to patients of all ages and abilities, including those with spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, strokes, major multi-trauma, pulmonary disease, respiratory failure, musculoskeletal/orthopedic conditions, and complex pediatric conditions.

    5. How long has Good Shepherd Rehabilitation been pioneering solutions in rehabilitation?

    For over 115 years, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation has been at the forefront of developing innovative rehabilitation technologies, working directly with manufacturers and serving as a proving ground for new advancements in the field.