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Top Shepherd Center Stories of 2022

As we welcome 2023, here is a recap of our top newsroom stories of the past year.

Take a look at the stories you loved the most from the past year. We look forward to continuing to share stories of hard work, humor, and hope with you in 2023!

 1.     Relearning to Walk – and Then Run: Erica Baggett's Story

After sustaining a brain injury in 2018 and being in a coma for six weeks, Erica Baggett prepared to run her first marathon in hopes of inspiring others to pursue their goals.

2.     Serendipity at Shepherd Center

A chance meeting as patients at Shepherd Center led to a new life together and so much more for Taylor Hammersley and Prater Christiansen.

3.     A Positive Approach to Regaining Independence

Devin Bateman approaches rehabilitation with a smile after sustaining a spinal cord injury in a diving accident during spring break.

4.     The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Grants $50 Million to Shepherd Center for Family Housing Expansion

The largest grant dedicated to family housing at Shepherd Center reinforces loved ones' pivotal role in life restoration for patients.

5.     U.S. News & World Report Names Shepherd Center Among Best for 2022-2023 in Rehabilitation

Shepherd Center once again ranked among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals.

6.     Offering Peace of Mind and a Place to Stay

Shepherd Center’s Delores Ann and Goodloe Yancey Family Housing Program is a donor-funded program that provides families of newly injured patients who qualify 30 days of complimentary housing.

7.     Prescription for a Second Chance

After Will Rich sustained a traumatic brain injury, he wasn’t sure if he could return to work as a pharmacist. With help from his family and Shepherd Center, he achieved his goal.

8.     Shepherd Center Named a Traumatic Brain Injury Model System

Shepherd Center is part of an elite group of hospitals recognized as both a Traumatic Brain Injury Model System and a Spinal Cord Injury Model System.

9.     Pushing Boundaries

Calista Hodge credits Shepherd Center with teaching her to advocate for herself.

10.  Shepherd Center Launches Comprehensive Campaign to Expand Access to World-Class Care

Pursuing Possible: The Campaign for Shepherd Center bolsters efforts to provide extraordinary care.

11.  Top Tips to Prevent Falls at Home and in the Workplace

Emma Harrington, director of injury prevention and education at Shepherd Center, shares some simple steps to reduce the risk of falling.

12.  New Issue of Spinal Column Dedicated to the People Who Play a Vital Role in Their Loved Ones' Lives After Injury -- Caregivers

Four caregivers of former Shepherd Center patients share their experiences, wisdom, challenges, and triumphs.

13.  Learning to Play a New Tune

Thanks to help from Shepherd Center’s Assistive Technology Center and his therapy team, Clevance Weekes returned to playing the piano after sustaining a spinal cord injury.

14.  Refusing to Let MS Win: Charlotte Anderson's Story

After receiving her MS diagnosis in 2016, Charlotte Anderson has fought back with help from the Andrew C. Carlos Multiple Sclerosis Institute at Shepherd Center.

15.  The Art of Healing: Theresa Reer's Story

When she didn’t have a voice, U.S. Army veteran Theresa Reer found a way to express herself through art.


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.