(May 11, 2009) -- Sara (Sally) Gammon, president and CEO of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network, will deliver the May 2009 Commencement Address during DeSales University's 41st commencement exercises on Saturday, May 16.
During the ceremony, Fr. Bernard O’Connor, OSFS, president of DeSales, will confer degrees on more than 420 graduating students. Also, Gammon will be awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.
Gammon has served as president and CEO at Good Shepherd since 1997. An accomplished senior executive, Gammon possesses a unique combination of demonstrated skills in the healthcare and human services industries and a track record of organizational leadership in diversified hospital healthcare systems. Under her leadership, Good Shepherd has more than tripled in size and budget and expanded its scope of services.
As a result of her vision, Good Shepherd has grown to include a licensed long-term acute care hospital for critically ill patients, with additional inpatient rehabilitation facilities at Easton Hospital, Pocono Medical Center, and Wayne Memorial Hospital in Wayne, Pennsylvania. It also operates a long-term care facility for the severely disabled in Bethlehem. In addition, its outpatient centers have grown from four to 23 locations in eight counties. In 1997, Good Shepherd served nearly 10,000 individuals. In 2008, it served more than 40,000 people.
Prior to Good Shepherd, Gammon was president and CEO of The Rehabilitation Center of Fairfield County in Bridgeport, Connecticut, an affiliate of Yale-New Haven Health System. Before that, she was division director of oncology for rehabilitation and orthopedics at Health Northeast/Elliot Hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Earlier, Gammon served as vice president of fiscal affairs at Easter Seal Society / Goodwill Industries of New Hampshire / Vermont, Inc., where she was later named CFO and vice president of fiscal affairs.
Gammon started her professional career as a physical therapist, then director of physical therapy for the State of Connecticut and at Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center in Manchester, New Hampshire. Later, she was appointed administrator of The Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center of Southern New Hampshire.
Among her numerous honors and awards are: President’s Proclamation from Allentown City Council on January 7, 2008; the 2006 Lehigh Valley Women of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts-Great Valley Council; the 2005 Spirit of Leonardo Award from the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Da Vinci Discovery Center of Science and Technology, and the 2005 Pennsylvania Association of Rehabilitation Facilities Rehabilitation Leadership Award.
She serves on several boards including the Lehigh Valley Workforce Investment Board, Lafayette Ambassador Bank Board of Directors, Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley Board of Associates, and Tyler & Company Northeast Regional Leadership Advisory Board. Also, she is a member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Healthcare Executive Network.
Gammon earned a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from Rivier College in Nashua, New Hampshire. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).
Press Release: DeSales University Commencement Speaker Announced | Posted on: 5/11/2009
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