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Shepherd Center to Celebrate 40th Anniversary in 2015

Shepherd Center is gearing up to mark a major milestone in 2015. This summer, the hospital will mark its 40-year anniversary.

It was Aug. 18, 1975 when Shepherd Spinal Center, as it was known then, opened as a six-bed-unit of a Buckhead hospital. Today, Shepherd Center — which dropped “spinal” from its name after expanding its services to include a brain injury program — has grown exponentially to become a 152-bed world leader in specialized rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis and chronic pain.

To help mark the occasion, Shepherd Center's quarterly magazine, Spinal Column, plans to publish a special anniversary edition in summer 2015. It will include historical photos, memories from some of the hospital's first patients and staffers, and a look ahead to what’s in store for Shepherd Center's next 40 years on Peachtree Road.

In the meantime, if you’d like to share your story with us, we’d love to hear from you. You can email Spinal Column editor Katie Malone at or send regular mail to:  Katie Malone, Public Relations Department, Shepherd Center, 2020 Peachtree Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30309.

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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.