Andrew C. Carlos Multiple Sclerosis Institute Celebrates Treatment Milestones for Patients
When Teria Smith received her 100th infusion to treat her multiple sclerosis (MS), she was met with celebration. This is no small feat; the 100th monthly infusion represents about eight years of monthly trips to Shepherd Center.
Staff at the Andrew C. Carlos Multiple Sclerosis Institute at Shepherd Center decorated the treatment room for the occasion, congratulating Teria on the milestone. The celebration is a tradition that started with the first patient who reached 100 Tysabriâ infusions. Tysabri is a treatment delivered by infusion to people with relapsing forms of MS.
“When we had our first patient reach 100 doses and was doing so well, Lisa Huthmacher (a nurse in the MS Institute) and I decided this needed to be celebrated and threw a little celebratory party for the patient,” Wanda Bagley, RN, infusion nurse coordinator, says. “Now, the patients look forward to reaching that milestone.”
The MS Institute provides treatment to people with MS, suspected MS or related disorders. The MS Institute uses a wide range of neurological and rehabilitative services to treat thousands of people with MS.
Teria says celebrations like this, and the staff members involved, have made her experience living with MS easier.
“We have the best people working with us,” Teria says. “Even though I wish I didn’t have to get the infusion, they’ve made the experience better.”
Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neurological conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 740 inpatients, nearly 280 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year in more than 46,000 visits.