Published on July 1st, 2014 |


Buckhead’s Shepherd Center, Colorado hospital form ‘center of excellence’ alliance

Two of the nation’s leading rehabilitation hospitals for people with brain and spinal cord injuries—Buckhead’s Shepherd Center and the Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colo.—announced June 24 they formed an alliance to create a first-of-its-kind “center of excellence.”

Shepherd Center and Craig Hospital are the only two hospitals in the United States that focus primarily on brain and spinal cord injuries. Both

A rehabilitation session at Buckhead's Shepherd Center on Peachtree Road.

A rehabilitation session at Buckhead’s Shepherd Center on Peachtree Road.

hospitals will remain independent, and there will be no physical center.

The partnership will allow both hospitals to offer more specialized treatment for catastrophic injuries by offering new opportunities to advance patient care, improve patient access to quality rehabilitation services and share best practices between the two hospitals’ numerous health-care partners.

The alliance also involves a pooling of resources, including Craig Hospital’s Nurse Advice Line call center and Shepherd’s Transition Support Program. The two hospitals plan to develop portable resources such as mobile apps and web-based access to keep patients and their families connected.

Gary Ulicny, CEO of the Shepherd Center, said formalizing the hospitals’ partnership was partially driven by the Affordable Care Act, which has put a focus on preventing hospital admissions. The hospitals want to use the alliance to strengthen the continuum of care, reduce complications and help patients find primary and specialized care in their own communities.

Ulicny said he hoped the partnership will draw interest from companies looking to conduct research.

“There’s so much coming out of this in terms of resources, in terms of new treatments,” Ulicny said. “Because we’re the two largest, we serve more people with spinal cord injuries than anyone else in the United States. It’s a great opportunity for companies that are looking to advance their research efforts.”

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