Top 10 Shepherd Center Stories of 2015
From spinal cord injury research to a robotic device to assist walking to a college student returning to school, 2015 was filled with stories of hope restored.
Readers of Shepherd Center's news, features and blogs in 2015 learned of new spinal cord and brain injury research, incredible feats to raise money for the hospital, students returning to school after rehabilitation, how to prevent injuries and choose a rehabilitation facility, and new partnerships to enhance patient care.
For a recap in case you missed it, here are our top 10 newsroom stories of the year.
In May, 18-year-old Will Hutchins, who has paraplegia, walked into a football stadium in Heard County, Ga., with 124 classmates for his high school graduation. He was able to do so with assistance from a new robotic exoskeleton called Indego, which is expected to gain FDA approval in 2016.
Natalie Eaton was only two days into her freshman year in 2014 at Arkansas State University when a freak accident changed her life. She didn’t know then how much she would learn – and in some cases relearn – in the 12 months to come.
In eight days in April 2015, 13 men – calling themselves Shepherd’s Men – ran 911 miles from the Ground Zero fountains by the Freedom Tower in New York City to Shepherd Center in Atlanta. They raised more than $200,000 for Shepherd Center's SHARE Military Initiative, which provides comprehensive rehabilitation at no cost to military service personnel who have sustained a mild to moderate brain injury and/or PTSD in combat in post-9/11 conflicts.
Shepherd Center's medical director advises healthcare consumers on questions to ask when narrowing your list of options for rehabilitation. In this 10-minute podcast, Donald P. Leslie, M.D., explains the distinct differences between a specialized rehabilitation hospital like Shepherd Center and a general rehabilitation facility.
In the first of a series of etiquette videos, Shepherd Center explains the right way to assist, if needed, when you encounter a wheelchair user at a doorway or elevator entrance. If you don't know how to, or whether to, help someone who uses a wheelchair, just ask them.
Three organizations pledge to collaboratively strengthen and enhance comprehensive, integrated specialized rehabilitative care across the health continuum.
In a 10-minute podcast, Herndon Murray, M.D., advises people to avoid diving to prevent devastating spinal cord injury. Diving is simply not worth the risk, Dr. Murray says. The only safe dive is the one you don't take.
Shepherd Center treated the first patient in a Phase 1/2a clinical trial evaluating escalating doses of an investigational product called AST-OPC1 (oligodendrocyte progenitor cells) in newly injured patients with sensory and motor complete cervical spinal cord injury (SCI). Shepherd was the first of up to eight facilities throughout the United States participating in the clinical trial sponsored by Asterias Biotherapeutics Inc., a biotechnology company focused on regenerative medicine.
Shepherd Center co-founder Alana Shepherd says, "Shepherd Center is a place where hope begins again." Many patients and families who have experienced spinal cord or brain injury rehabilitation at Shepherd Center have indeed found their hope restored. They have discovered life beyond their injury or illness. This new video from Shepherd Center captures that hope.
As part of a new certification program from the American Board of Medical Specialties, two Shepherd Center physicians, Ford Vox, M.D., and Andrew Dennison, M.D., are among the first doctors to be certified in brain injury medicine in the United States.
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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 neuromuscular 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.