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New Book Celebrates Shepherd Center’s Success

ATLANTA -- A new book titled “Shepherd Center: A Journey of Hope – Life Beyond Injury” will be published in December 2010 to mark the hospital’s 35th anniversary. The book documents the past, present and future of Shepherd Center through a matrix of patient stories and color photos.

The 168-page, coffee table book is largely a photo essay featuring 91 color photographs of former Shepherd Center patients from all walks of life, spanning the Shepherd continuum of care from spinal cord and brain injury to multiple sclerosis and chronic pain. The book also chronicles the work of various Shepherd Center departments and services in sidebar articles.

Atlanta writer John Yow wrote the text for the book, Atlanta photographer Billy Howard photographed the subjects, and Laurie Shock of Shock Design Books designed the book.

A limited number of copies of the new book will be available in mid-December 2010 for purchase at the Shepherd Center Apothecary for $39.95.

The book is the culmination of two years of work by a Shepherd Center committee led by Scott Sikes, executive director of the Shepherd Center Foundation, and Perry Ann Williams, director of provider relations. Serving on the committee were hospital co-founders, Alana, Harold and James Shepherd, as well as Medical Director Emeritus, David Apple, M.D., Foundation special advisor Dell Sikes, and Foundation staff members Betty Gardner and Patty Golub.

About Shepherd Center

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.