Shepherd Center to Expand SHARE Military Initiative with Funding from Marcus Foundation
Expansion will double the number of clients served by the program created for service men and women dealing with PTSD and traumatic brain injury.
Shepherd Center plans to double the capacity of its SHARE Military Initiative when the program moves into Shepherd Center's new building at 80 Peachtree Park Drive – a move expected to occur in the first quarter of 2017. Shepherd Center’s purchase of the 15,000-square-foot building was made possible by a $3.8 million gift from the Marcus Foundation.
SHARE, which launched in 2008 with funding from the Marcus Foundation, is a comprehensive rehabilitation program that focuses on assessment and treatment for service men and women who have sustained a mild to moderate traumatic brain injury and PTSD while serving in post-9/11 conflicts. SHARE clients participate in individual and group therapy sessions and see their Shepherd Center physician in the program's clinic. With the expansion, the goal is to be able to treat up to 100 SHARE clients annually – doubling the program’s reach.
“This latest generous gift from the Marcus Foundation will allow us to expand the SHARE Military Initiative, which is a huge need,” says James Shepherd, co-founder and chairman of the board of Shepherd Center. “The new facility will allow SHARE to serve even more military service members so they can better manage the effects of injury as they transition into life after their military service.”
The Peachtree Park Drive facility also will house a complex concussion clinic, which is a new initiative for Shepherd Center. Led by Russell Gore, M.D., SHARE medical director, the clinic will focus on patients who have sustained concussions, but have not recovered fully within a typical timeframe and/or those who have experienced complications. Patients will be evaluated clinically by Shepherd Center’s specialized medical team and undergo various types of therapy, if necessary.
By Kerry Ludlam
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.