Topic: Seeing Beyond Injury
Alana Shepherd co-founded the Shepherd Center in Atlanta in 1975 to treat spinal cord injury. Since then, she’s overseen its growth from a six-bed unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed rehabilitation hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury and other neurological conditions. She has served as the center’s chief fundraiser and prime mover-volunteer, and continues to work as secretary of the board of directors.
After founding the center with her husband, Harold, and son James, Alana Shepherd realized that treating patients wasn’t enough. She needed to change society to be more accepting of these individuals. Her advocacy resulted in the addition of lifts to Atlanta’s MARTA bus system and in making Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport one of the country’s most accessible airports.
Among her many awards, Alana received an honorary doctorate from the University of Georgia, the 2012 J.W. Fanning Award from Leadership Georgia and the Georgia Hospital Association’s 2009 Lifetime Heroic Achievement Award. In 1989, she became the first woman elected to be a member of the Buckhead Coalition and, in 2003, she was the first woman elected as chairman of the coalition. She is also the first woman elected to boards of Genuine Parts and Wachovia Bank of Georgia.
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