Shepherd Center to receive award

The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) has selected Shepherd Center founders Alana, Harold and James Shepherd as recipients of its 2007 Distinguished Public Service Award, which honors the Shepherds for their work and leadership at Buckhead’s Shepherd Center during the past 32 years and their advocacy for people with disabilities.

The 2007 Distinguished Public Service Award will be presented during the AAPM&R’s 68th annual meeting on Sept. 29 in Boston. The AAPM&R is the nation’s premier medical organization for rehabilitation physicians with more than 7,500 members.

“Working together to help those with disabilities is the most important reward we experience every day.”

“The Shepherds define what it means to be true public servants, and this award distinguishes them as role models in our community and across the country,” said Donald Peck Leslie, M.D., medical director of Shepherd Center. “They turned a personal experience into a world-class facility that has served countless others and provided a much-needed level of care.”

The Shepherds founded Shepherd Center in Atlanta in 1975, after James Shepherd suffered a paralyzing spinal cord injury in a 1973 diving accident. The family began plans to establish the first rehabilitation treatment facility in the Southeast.

Today, Shepherd Center, located at 2020 Peachtree Road, NW, is the country’s largest catastrophic care hospital specializing in the treatment of people with spinal cord injury and disease, acquired brain injury, multiple sclerosis and other neuromuscular disorders and urological problems.

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