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08-20-2003

Expert On Innovative Rehabilitation Programs That Improve The Lives Of Disabled People To Speak At Clarkson

[A photo of Sally Gammon and Clarkson President Tony Collins is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/goodshepherd2.jpg]

Clarkson University will host Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Sally Gammon on Monday, August 25. Gammon will deliver the Van Sickle Endowed Lecture at the Clarkson Convocation. Her lecture, “Technology Serving Humanity,” will be presented at 4 p.m. at the Alumni Gym on the Clarkson campus and is open to the public.goodshepherd2

As president of Good Shepherd, a nationally recognized rehabilitation leader that offers care for people with physical and mental disabilities, Gammon is an expert in developing programs and using emerging technologies to improve the lives of disabled people. 

In June of this year, Clarkson and Good Shepherd announced a partnership to develop technological innovations for people with disabilities. Through the partnership, the two institutions will work together to identify the challenges and needs of individuals with disabilities, develop engineering solutions and share the assistive and adaptive technologies with the disability community worldwide.

Gammon received a bachelor of science degree in physical therapy from the University of Connecticut at Storrs and began her healthcare career working as a physical therapist at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C., during the Vietnam War. Her work with young soldiers who suffered severe wounds and loss of limbs taught her the tough challenges and immense rewards of physical therapy and rehabilitation.

After receiving a master’s degree in business administration at Rivier College in New Hampshire, Gammons went on to hold positions as administrator of Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center of Southern New Hampshire, chief financial officer and vice president of fiscal affairs at Easter Seal Society/Goodwill Industries of New Hampshire/Vermont, and division director of oncology and rehabilitation and orthopedics at health Northeast/Elliot Hospital in Manchester, N.H. 

In 1990, Gammon was named president and chief executive officer of the Rehabilitation Center of Fairfield County in Bridgeport, Conn., an affiliate of Yale-New Haven Health System.  In 1997, she joined Good Shepherd as president and chief executive officer. Under her leadership, Good Shepherd has doubled its size and expanded its scope of services and geographical coverage.

Good Shepherd was founded in 1908 in Allentown, Pa. Today, more than 26,000 people come to Good Shepherd each year for specialized programs in stroke, orthopedics, brain surgery, spinal cord injury, pediatrics, amputation and more. Facilities include three rehabilitation hospitals, nine outpatient facilities, one long-term acute care hospital, two long-term care homes for people with disabilities and a Work Service Division that provides employment training and job placement.
[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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