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New Issue of Spinal Column Magazine Shares How Shepherd Center's ICU Ramps Up Level of Care

The fall 2017/winter 2018 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.

Today, Shepherd Center is the only specialized rehabilitation hospital with an intensive care unit (ICU) -- incorporated within its model of care and program. It allows Shepherd Center to admit patients with catastrophic, highly complex injuries directly from trauma center units or ICUs as soon as they are stable enough to transfer. Then, they can start rehabilitation soon after admission, even while still in Shepherd Center’s ICU. The earlier specialized teams can evaluate and start treating these patients, the better their outcomes, says David DeRuyter, M.D., associate medical director of Critical Care Services at Shepherd Center.

This edition's cover story shows how Shepherd Center’s onsite ICU renews hope, ensures seamless transfers from trauma centers and provides continuity of care -- all under one roof.

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

A Peach of a Patient
Former patient James Carnes helps weld an Atlanta landmark after rehabilitation for a spinal cord injury.

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Awards $5.7 Million in Research Funding
Study Will Explore Exercise Delivery and its Effects in People with Multiple Sclerosis

Lessons Learned at Shepherd Center Continue to Ring True
Rob Kozarek of Chicago, Illinois, often relies on the wisdom he gained at Shepherd Center while in rehabilitation for a spinal cord injury.

You can subscribe to the print and/or e-newsletter versions of Shepherd Center's magazine here.

About Shepherd Center

Shepherd Center provides world-class clinical care, research, and family support for people experiencing the most complex conditions, including spinal cord and brain injuries, multi-trauma, traumatic amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and pain. An elite center recognized as both Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News as one of the nation’s top hospitals for rehabilitation. Shepherd Center treats thousands of patients annually with unmatched expertise and unwavering compassion to help them begin again.