It's important to be confident about the quality of care you or a loved one will receive when entering a rehabilitation program for brain or spinal cord injury. There are certain things to look for and questions to ask when narrowing down your list of options.
A specialized rehabilitation facility like Shepherd Center offers distinct advantages for people who need rehabilitation for a spinal cord or brain injury, says Medical Director Donald P. Leslie, M.D. Advantages include staff expertise, a comprehensive continuum of care, a younger patient population and ongoing research.
In this 10-minute podcast, Dr. Leslie advises healthcare consumers about rehabilitation care and discusses the rehabilitation programs available at Shepherd Center. This podcast and others are available at shepherd.org/news/radio or can be downloaded as an MP3 file from the link above. A transcript of the interview is also available on the Shepherd Center Radio web page.
Dr. Leslie has been the medical director at Shepherd Center for the past 11 years and will soon celebrate his 32nd year at the hospital. Prior to this appointment, he served for 10 years as associate medical director of Shepherd Center and medical director for brain injury services.
Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Ga., is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury or brain injury. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation and is a 152-bed facility. Last year Shepherd Center had 965 admissions to its inpatient programs and 571 to its day patient programs. In addition, Shepherd Center sees more than 6,600 people annually on an outpatient basis. For more information, visit Shepherd Center online at www.shepherd.org