Top Shepherd Center Stories of 2021
As we welcome 2022, here is a recap of our top newsroom stories of the past year.
As we get ready to welcome 2022, we’d like to share some of our favorite moments from the past year with you.
1. From I Can’t to I Can: J.T. Brooks
After J.T. Brooks sustained a spinal cord injury, the athlete embraced his new normal at Shepherd Center.
2. A Message That Can’t Wait: Karla Dougan
Karla Dougan is determined to keep recovering from her injuries — and to keep spreading the message about texting and driving.
3. Life Still Aquatic: Reagan Martin
Reagan Martin overcomes a spinal cord injury and respiratory challenges to return to the water she loves.
4. U.S. News & World Report Names Shepherd Center Among Best in Rehabilitation
Shepherd Center moves up in the rankings, listed in the top 10 since 2008.
5. Faith and Science Aid Man Through Brain Injury Recovery
Structural engineer Alexander Borges credits his recovery from a traumatic brain injury to his foundation of faith along with the care he received at Shepherd Center.
6. Shepherd Center Provides Plans for Expansion
New construction will add housing for patients, families.
7. Eight Tips to Prevent Falls from Shepherd Center’s Director of Injury Prevention and Education
Emma Harrington, director of injury prevention and education at Shepherd Center, shares her advice to prevent falls, a common cause of brain and spinal cord injuries.
8. Driving Toward Independence
Shepherd Center’s Adaptive Driving Program helps people with disabilities get back on the road.
9. Patient Becomes Doctor After Recovering from Brain Injury
After rehabilitation for a brain injury in 2005, Gabriel Rodriguez is now in the final stages of his physical medicine and rehabilitation residency.
10. Life Challenges Taught Young Man to Never Lose Sight of Hope and Dreams
DèShon Haughton makes great strides after recovering from multiple fractures in his spine and a closed head injury.
11. New Research Project Looks at Feasibility of a Hybrid Model for SHARE Military Initiative
A combination of in-person and virtual care could be a permanent model that has lasting benefits.
12. Woman With MS Regains Her Zest for Life
Sonja McCrary, 57, was diagnosed with MS in 2009. The challenges she faced have led her to embrace her faith and live life to the fullest.
With some help from Shepherd Center, Christion Abercrombie finds new purpose beyond the gridiron.
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, multiple amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and pain. Ranked by U.S. News as one of the nation’s top 10 hospitals for rehabilitation and the best in the Southeast, Shepherd Center treats more than 850 inpatients and 7,600 outpatients annually with unmatched expertise and unwavering compassion to help them begin again.