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Top 10 Shepherd Center Stories of 2020

As we welcome 2021, here is a recap of our top newsroom stories of the past year.

As we get ready to welcome 2021, we’d like to share some of our favorite moments from the past year with you. Whether they were small acts of kindness, milestones achieved or awe-inspiring efforts by entire communities, they all brought us smiles, pride and hope. 

1. Making Masks More Inclusive: Modifications Meet Patients’ Specific Needs and Protect from Illness

In an effort to make masks more inclusive, Shepherd Center’s Assistive Technology Center launches quick and simple guides to explain how users can modify their face masks in 30 minutes or less.

2. A Veteran and Purple Heart Recipient Builds a New Life

Thanks to support from Shepherd Center, Sgt. Ian Prescott leads a fulfilling second act on the home front.

3. Here are Some Quick and Easy Methods for Healthcare Providers to Improve Communication with COVID-19 Patients with Limited Ability to Speak

Adina Bradshaw, MS, CCC-SLP, ATP, Speech-Language Pathologist, Assistive Technology Center at Shepherd Center, gives tips that can enable communication for patients who may be intubated or recovering from intubation.

4. Brain Injury Patient Finds New Purpose in Life

After working as a dentist for more than 34 years, Dr. Michael Link finds a new calling after sustaining a brain injury.

5. U.S. News & World Report Again Names Shepherd Center Among Best Rehabilitation Hospitals

2020 marks the hospital’s 12th consecutive year in the top 10.

6. Shepherd Center’s SHARE Military Initiative unlocks a new life for Sgt. Matt Gulick

Sgt. Matt Gulick finds that once he accepted help, Shepherd Center gave him the tools he needs to navigate life.

7. Shepherd Center Receives $80 Million Grant from The Marcus Foundation

This grant will support the hospital’s most significant expansion in 45 years.

8. Woman Follows her Passion after Sustaining a Spinal Cord Injury

After sustaining a spinal cord injury and enduring multiple surgeries, Julia King achieves her goal of completing culinary school.

9. Patient Story of Hope: Roger Brathwaite

Since 2014, Roger Brathwaite has had multiple strokes and periods of rehabilitation at Shepherd Center. In his own words, hear how Shepherd Center helped Roger recover physically and emotionally, ultimately helping him return to his family and career.

10. #EddieStrong

An entire community rallies around Eddie Williams and his family as he recovers from a spinal cord injury.

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.