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Shepherd Center Began 40 Years Ago When One Family's Tragedy Inspired a Place to Help Others

New video recounts the story of how Shepherd Center was established in 1975.

Shepherd Center is marking 40 years today of providing holistic care and hope for people with life-changing spinal cord and brain injuries. A new video released today on Shepherd Center's YouTube channel provides a look back at how Shepherd Center began and how it has  become one of the premier specialized healthcare centers in the world.

Shepherd Center is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury and brain injury. It was founded in 1973 by James Shepherd and his parents, Alana and Harold Shepherd, along with medical director emeritus David Apple, M.D. Today, it has more than 150 beds and treats people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis and chronic pain.

To read more about Shepherd Center's history, see this feature about five pivotal moments in the hospital's past 40 years.

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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.