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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 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.