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Top 10 Shepherd Center Stories of 2014: From Storm Preparedness to Robotics Research to Care Collaboration

From storm preparedness for people with disabilities to research on a robotic exoskeleton to collaboration for delivering excellent care, these are the top 10 stories published online in 2014 by Shepherd Center.

1. People with Disabilities Need Preparedness Plan for Storms and Other Emergencies
Shepherd Center advises people, especially those with disabilities, to create a plan to ensure their safety during those critical first days of a natural disaster or other emergency.

2. Here's How to Become Your Own Best Healthcare Advocate
Shepherd Center experts provide advice for managing health following rehabilitation.

3. Here’s How One Caregiver Cares For Her Spouse and Herself and Finds Happiness
Jaimie Moore, the wife and caregiver of former spinal cord injury patient Jimmy Moore, shares her insight for caregiving and facing life’s challenges.

4. Strokes Striking People at Younger Ages
Shepherd Center offers comprehensive stroke rehabilitation care to put young lives back on track.

5. Shepherd Center and Craig Hospital, the Nation’s Top Two Hospitals for Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Rehabilitation, Partner to Improve Patient Care and Access
New Center of Excellence Alliance will offer best practices and aim to reduce patients’ medical complications.

6. Shepherd Center Ranks Among Top 10 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals
Shepherd Center rose from the No. 10 spot to No. 9 in a 2014-15 list of the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation in a U.S. News & World Report survey released July 15.

7. Shepherd Center Begins the Final Stage of its Clinical Trials for Robotics-Assisted Walking Device
Shepherd Center is the lead clinical partner in the critical final stage of trials for a robotics-assisted walking device that could improve the lives of people with limited mobility caused by spinal cord or brain injury, stroke or multiple sclerosis.

8. Shepherd Center Therapy Dog Galion Explains His Job at the Hospital
Shepherd Center “employs” three therapy dogs that bring joy to patients and also help with therapeutic exercises. In this video, Galion, the newest team member, explains the role he and his colleagues play at the hospital.

9. University of South Carolina Student Returns to School after Rehabilitation for a Spinal Cord Injury She Sustained When Struck by a Stray Bullet
College student Martha Childress was struck by a stray bullet one night while waiting for a taxi. She sustained a paralyzing spinal cord injury. But after rehabilitation at Shepherd Center, Martha was ready to go back to school.

10. Shepherd Center Helps Parents with a New Disability Find Effective Ways to Care for Their Children
Shepherd’s ultimate goal is for patients to resume life with as much independence as possible, and that includes parenting. Thus, adjusting to parenting with a disability is part of the treatment regimen.

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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.