James M. Cox Foundation Announces $500,000 Grant to Shepherd Center
The grant supports an expansion of medical facilities and the purchase of MRI equipment.
The James M. Cox Foundation announced a $500,000 grant today to Shepherd Center, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this month. The grant will support a capital campaign to expand the organization’s lab and pharmacy, as well as help purchase new MRI equipment.
The new MRI equipment features a technology that is especially important for multiple sclerosis (MS) patients, allowing doctors to identify brain lesions earlier.
”New space, new technologies, new equipment means better efficiency and enhanced patient care. This is what we must do, and now is when we must do it,” said Shepherd Center co-founder and Chairman of the Board James H. Shepherd, Jr. “The grant from the James M. Cox Foundation will help us accomplish this important work.”
Alex Taylor, Cox Enterprises’ Executive Vice President and great-grandson of company founder James M. Cox, said: “Health is a focus area for the James M. Cox Foundation, and we’re fortunate to have Shepherd Center, one of the nation’s top rehabilitation hospitals, in Atlanta. I’m particularly excited about their plans for new early detection technology and improved rehabilitation facilities.”
The James M. Cox Foundation has a history of supporting health-related organizations and research in Atlanta, including neurology research at the Marcus Autism Center and Alzheimer's research at the Emory School of Medicine.
As a company, Cox Enterprises is serving as a platinum sponsor of Shepherd Center’s 2015 Legendary Party, which will benefit patient programs. The company also provides comprehensive health and wellness benefits for its employees, including free annual health screenings and personal coaching, as well as weight loss and smoking cessation programs.
About the James M. Cox Foundation
The James M. Cox Foundation is named in honor of Cox Enterprises' founder and provides funding for capital campaigns and special projects in communities where the company operates. James M. Cox was Ohio's first three-term governor and the 1920 Democratic nominee for president of the United States.
The Foundation concentrates its community support in several areas, including: conservation and environment; early childhood education; empowering families and individuals for success; and health.
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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.