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Two Lehigh Valley Healthcare Leaders Collaborate to Deliver Safer, High-Quality Care to the Community
Date:8/27/2009

BETHLEHEM, Pa., Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- World-class care doesn't have to be a world away.

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That is the message from two Lehigh Valley healthcare leaders, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network (GSRN) and B. Braun Medical Inc. (B. Braun), which are combining their knowledge, expertise and innovative technology to enhance the delivery of rehabilitation services in the community.

GSRN became the first healthcare network in Pennsylvania to deploy new B. Braun infusion therapy technologies designed to improve patient safety and help reduce medication errors. The B. Braun products include Outlook(R) ES "Smart Pumps" and SPACE(R) Infusion Pump System.

"B. Braun's leading-edge infusion pumps continue Good Shepherd's commitment to patient safety," said Sally Gammon, FACHE, Good Shepherd's President and CEO. "Good Shepherd is dedicated to investing in technology that helps us provide the very best rehabilitation care for our patients, helping them return to their highest level of function and independence."

The collaboration between the rehabilitation network and the leading medical device manufacturer results from a joint commitment to patient safety and quality care shared by Gammon and B. Braun Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Caroll H. Neubauer.

"B. Braun serves hospitals and healthcare professionals worldwide, so we're extremely proud to help Good Shepherd provide safe, effective and high-quality care here at home - our home - in the Lehigh Valley," said Neubauer. "Healthcare in our area has taken an important step forward with the continuing expansion of the high-quality services Good Shepherd provides and with innovative medical technology B. Braun employees develop."

Neubauer said the Outlook(R) ES Safety Infusion System in use at GSRN helps ensure that patients receive the correct medication in the correct dose from a clinician authorized to administer it. The system also alerts healthcare professionals when dose limits are exceeded.

B. Braun's Outlook(R) ES is designed to be safe, accurate and easy-to-use. The technology promotes safety with customized drug libraries that allow healthcare professionals to administer the appropriate doses of medication without numerous programming steps that frequently lead to errors. As GSRN continues to raise the bar of patient safety and expand services, the Outlook(R) ES offers a scalable, flexible design that will enable it to meet future needs. The system can be easily upgraded with additional safety features such as barcoding technology that provides an additional measure of protection against medication errors.

GSRN also implemented B. Braun's SPACE(R) Infusion Pump System, which is designed for use in adult and pediatric facilities where space may be limited and safety is critical. SPACE(R) measures nine inches by six inches and weighs only three pounds. It is easily transported and easily fits in a range of care settings.

GSRN facilities that use the new pumps include Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital in Allentown, Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital Pediatric Unit and Good Shepherd Specialty Hospital, both in Bethlehem, and Good Shepherd Rehabilitation at Pocono Medical Center.

About B. Braun

B. Braun is a leading manufacturer of infusion therapy and pain management products with an environmentally-friendly focus. Guided by the company's "Sharing Expertise(R)" philosophy, B. Braun addresses the critical issues of infection prevention, medication safety and environmental responsibility by promoting best practices that help clinicians reduce medication errors, prevent healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) and achieve sustainability objectives.

Consistently recognized by Frost & Sullivan and KLAS for its medical technology and support services, B. Braun employees share their knowledge with colleagues and customers to improve working processes in hospitals and medical practices and to enhance the safety of patients and healthcare professionals. For more information, call 800-227-2862, e-mail us at inquiry.us@bbraun.com or visit B. Braun at www.bbraunusa.com.

About Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, is a nationally recognized rehabilitation leader, offering a continuum of care for people with physical and cognitive disabilities and specializing in assistive and rehabilitation technology. More than 40,000 people come to Good Shepherd each year for specialized programs in stroke, orthopedics, brain injury, spinal cord injury, pediatrics, amputation and more. Good Shepherd provides rehabilitation services in 8 eastern Pennsylvania counties. Good Shepherd operates 17 outpatient sites, 4 inpatient sites, a long-term acute care hospital, 2 long-term care homes for people with severe disabilities, an independent living facility, a Work Services division that provides employment training and job placement and a lifestyle products online store called Rehability. Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, began operations in July 2008 and provides post-acute care in the Philadelphia region. Good Shepherd was founded in 1908 when The Rev. John and Estella Raker invited a disabled orphan named Viola into their Allentown, Pennsylvania, home. Good Shepherd is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. For more information, visit www.GoodShepherdRehab.org.


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