Shepherd Center releases its Community Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan
Shepherd Center’s Community Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan was developed by Shepherd staff with the assistance of Legacy Consulting Group and generous input from a broad group of people representing the brain and spinal cord injury communities. Those include individuals who have sustained spinal cord and brain injuries, care-givers, clinicians, service providers, advocates, state and federal agency representatives, and Georgia and national associations members.
Shepherd Center’s Board of Directors has adopted the 2012-2015 Community Health Needs Action Plan and is committed to leveraging Shepherd’s existing programs, services, and resources to assist each person treated at the Center in achieving their highest level of functional independence and return to living in their home community.
Shepherd Center will continue to focus on addressing the health need priorities of persons who have sustained brain and spinal cord injuries who reside in the eight counties around metro Atlanta. When practical and financially feasible, the Center will provide internet and telephone contact as a resource center to the broader brain and spinal cord injury population throughout the country.
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 neuromuscular 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.