Readers of Shepherd Center news, features and blogs in 2016 followed developments in research for spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury and multiple sclerosis, as well as celebrated with us as patients returned home to their families, students returned to school and communities heeded the call to support their friends and families during rehabilitation. Readers also learned from patients, families and staff what makes Shepherd Center truly unique.
In case you missed it, here is a recap our top 15 newsroom stories of the year.
Twenty-year-old Joseph (“Joe”) Bailey Jr. of Andrews, South Carolina, was boating with friends during spring break in March when he broke his neck after a dive into shallow water. Now, he urges others to think before diving.
Two families explain why they chose to make the journey to Shepherd Center to help their loved ones regain function.
Former patient Haley Hammock reflects on motherhood following her ongoing recovery from a stroke after the birth of her second daughter.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given clearance to market and sell the Indego® exoskeleton for clinical and personal use in the United States. The device, which was tested at Shepherd, allows people with spinal cord injury to stand and walk.
Patient Jack Enright finds motivation in support from family, hometown friends and the nationwide lacrosse community.
Mike Marshall, RN, BSN, a charge nurse in Shepherd Center’s Intensive Care Unit, reflects on Shepherd Center's culture of hope.
Patty Antcliff, MOTR/L, an SCI occupational therapist on the adolescent team, reflects on teamwork, tough love and the healing power of laughter.
Patient Kyle Pinelli rediscovers his voice after his therapist uses music to assist in his recovery following a car accident.
Former patients and families serve as unofficial ambassadors of Shepherd Center, providing a beacon of hope for newly injured patients and their families.
Researchers at Shepherd Center are gauging whether massage helps improve debilitating MS symptoms and quality of life.
Joseph Lopez, 24, of Jacksonville, Florida, moves beyond brain injury to graduate college on time and build a career in banking.
FDA clears company and research sites, including Shepherd Center, to expand clinical trial to increased numbers of newly injured patients and those with sensory incomplete spinal cord injury.
Shepherd Center has been recognized again as one of the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in their 2016-17 rankings.
Kendyl Sumbry of Phenix City, Alabama, heads back to her job as a second grade teacher and is pursuing a doctorate in early childhood and elementary education.
Kimberly Miechiels, physician assistant at Shepherd Center Multiple Sclerosis Institute, offers tips on navigating your MS diagnosis.
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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