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New Issue of Spinal Column Magazine Features Stories of Success After the Transition Home

The winter 2017 issue of Shepherd Center's quarterly magazine is now available for download as a PDF file here. Subscribers to the print version will receive copies via postal mail in the coming days.

When people sustain a catastrophic injury, they are often living moment to moment. They’re not yet thinking about how life will change once they return home. Even though the hope of returning home is what gets many patients through the early stages of their recovery, it doesn’t make the period of adjustment any easier once they are discharged. Also, without support to ease the transition, some patients are at risk for additional injury or hospital readmission. Fortunately, Shepherd Center’s Transition Support Program was created to address key medical, health and safety issues following discharge. This edition's cover story features patients and families who have benefitted from Shepherd Center's Transition Support Program as they transition to life at home.

The features section includes these stories among inspiring patient profiles, event updates, honorariums and memorials.

Director of Complex Concussion Clinic and Medical Director of SHARE Military Initiative Talks Advantages of Personalized Care
Russell Gore, M.D., brings knowledge, personal experience and passion to Shepherd Center.

Woman Who Lost Limbs to Flesh-Eating Bacteria Makes a Comeback After Rehabilitation
Cindy Martinez, 36, of metro Atlanta, shows the world just how tough she is.

Former Patient Channels Problem-Solving Skills Into Helping Others
Elizabeth Alley of Woodbury, Tennessee, learns to go "all-in" after spinal cord injury.

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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.