Good Shepherd Rehabilitation to host 2nd annual Leading Disruption: A Health-Care Innovation Summit

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PHOTO CAPTION: Attendees take in a speaker’s presentation at the 2023 Leading Disruption: A Health-Care Innovation Summit, which was held at Wind Creek Event Center in Bethlehem, Pa.

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (Jan. 30, 2024) — Good Shepherd Rehabilitation has opened registration for the second annual Leading Disruption: A Health-Care Innovation Summit, a one-day conference designed to inspire an innovation mindset with thought-provoking presentations, interactive workshops and networking.

Scheduled for April 6, 2024, at ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, this summit unites a diverse community of health-care professionals, thought leaders, academics, students and industry experts who are motivated to challenge the status quo.

Speakers from around the U.S. will share expertise and insight into topics such as:

  • “How To Be an An Innovator” with David Putrino, PT, PhD, of Mount Sinai Health System
  • “Rapid Prototyping: A Practical Application of Innovating for Upper Extremity Rehabilitation” with Rhonda J. Manns, MBA, BSN, RN, CCM, a nurse innovator and national speaker
  • “Secrets of the Successful Inventor: Ideas to Action” with Gene Murtha, an inventor and former Mattel executive
  • “AI Will Not Replace You, I Promise” with Ravi Komatireddy, MD, MCTI, a digital health entrepreneur
  • “Precision Rehabilitation: Wearable Technologies for Advancing the Diagnosis and Treatment of Gait Propulsion Deficits After Stroke” with Lou Awad, PT, DPT, PhD, of Boston University’s Neuromotor Recovery Laboratory
  • “Future Makers in Health: Lehigh University’s Approach to Innovation” with Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Nathan Urban, PhD; Vice Provost of Entrepreneurship Lisa Getzler; Dean of the College of Health Elizabeth Dolan, PhD; and Innovator in Residence and Adjunct Faculty Chris Kauzmann, MS, of Lehigh University

Plus, the conference will feature a poster jam and poster session, as well as a panel discussion to end the day.

Leading Disruption is hosted exclusively by Good Shepherd Rehabilitation, a leader in providing innovative solutions for patients, practitioners and people living with disabilities.

“Our goal is to lead disruption within health care by creating a community of passionate changemakers determined to re-think health and health outcomes, especially for those with living with a disability or chronic condition,” said Emily Lyter, PT, DPT, administrative director of Good Shepherd Learns, Creates and Research. “This one-day conference is an experience and opportunity for attendees to roll up their sleeves and get involved — to learn from and be inspired by the health-care pioneers of today, expand their network across professional and industry lines, and acquire new skills they can use to begin tackling some of health care’s most demanding challenges the next day.”

In 2023, the Innovation Summit drew nearly 200 attendees.

Cost to attend is $150 (receive a limited-time $25 discount with the EARLYBIRD promo code at checkout), students (with valid student ID) are $50, and Good Shepherd Rehabilitation and Good Shepherd Penn Partners (GSPP) employees are free.

Visit the conference webpage for more information, including how to register, agenda, sponsorship opportunities and speaker bios.

CEU Opportunities

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network is an approved provider of continuing education by the Pennsylvania State Board of Occupational Therapy. This course is approved for 7.5 credit hours for OT/OTA in PA.

NCTRC continuing education session content pre-approval is pending.

This activity has been submitted to the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission of Accreditation.

Applications have been submitted for 7.5 contact hours of continuing education to Pennsylvania State Board of Physical Therapy; Pennsylvania State Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology; Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage Counselors and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.

About Good Shepherd Rehabilitation

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation, an independent, not-for-profit rehabilitation network with more than 60 locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, is committed to helping patients of all ages and abilities on their rehabilitation journey. Headquartered in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Good Shepherd specializes in treatment of spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, major multi-trauma, pulmonary disease, respiratory failure, musculoskeletal/orthopedics and complex pediatric conditions. Good Shepherd also partners with Penn Medicine to provide rehabilitation and specialty services in the greater Philadelphia area and New Jersey through Good Shepherd Penn Partners. Info:


Information provide to TVL by:
Mike Walbert
Director of Marketing
Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network