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Shepherd Center’s Alana Shepherd and Susan Johnson Receive Recognition

ATLANTA (August 23, 2009) – The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) has announced that Alana Shepherd, co-founder of Shepherd Center, is the recipient of the GHA 2009 Lifetime Heroic Achievement Award.

The award honors a Georgia hospital employee or physician who has dedicated a lifetime of service (more than 30 years) to a Georgia hospital and has made a significant impact in enhancing the operations and patient care of that particular facility. The recipient’s career exemplifies heroic service, compassion, honor and integrity.

Alana will be featured in the November/December 2009 issue of GHA Today magazine with the 10 winners of GHA’s 2009 Hospital Hero Awards.  The winners will be honored at a reception in December.

Also receiving an esteemed award recently was Susan Johnson, director of Brain Injury Services, Shepherd Center, who earned the 2009 Pathfinder Award from the Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission.

Susan has served the Commission in a variety of capacities over her long tenure as a Trust Fund Commissioner. She is currently vice chair of the Commission and chairs the Statewide Traumatic Injury Advisory Committee. Susan also serves on the Commission's Brain Injury Task Force and the Executive Committee.

The Pathfinder Award was presented to Susan by Trust Fund Chairman Rusty Kidd during the Commission's Annual Meeting in Milledgeville, Ga. on Aug. 27.

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.