Can Do MS to provide wellness programs at Shepherd Center for people and families living with MS.

Avon, Colorado — January 4, 2017 — Can Do Multiple Sclerosis (Can Do MS) and the Andrew C. Carlos Multiple Sclerosis Institute at Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Georgia, are pleased to announce a new partnership that combines resources to strengthen health outcomes for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS). The alliance includes program delivery services and longitudinal patient research, creating a scalable patient-centered health model to support hospitals and MS centers across the country.

"I am thrilled to see two great organizations – Shepherd Center and Can Do MS – come together to offer the MS community a unique and life-changing experience," said Ben Thrower, M.D., medical director of the Andrew C. Carlos Multiple Sclerosis Institute at Shepherd Center. "Our work together is important. This partnership leverages the strengths of both organizations to create an effective, sequenced program to impact patient outcomes."

The partnership also includes a research study focused on the physical and social benefits someone with MS can experience by participating in a Can Do MS program. The four-day CAN DO® Program addresses the need for exercise and the ability to safely and effectively maintain physical activity, while also providing participants with new sources of self-empowerment. The CAN DO Program study, conducted in collaboration with Shepherd Center, will evaluate and measure:

  • physical activity and mobility outcomes.
  • self-efficacy for symptom management.
  • progression of disability.
  • quality of life post-program.
  • communication and social health of participants living with MS and their support partners.

Can Do MS will also facilitate the TAKE CHARGE® Program, which incorporates MS education, experiential activities and interaction with MS experts, as well as with other participants and their support partners, in a small-group setting throughout a weekend.

“This unprecedented partnership with Shepherd Center allows Can Do MS to create a model for future collaborations with MS centers and hospitals, enabling more people with MS and their support partners to participate and benefit from our life-changing programs,” said Anne Gilbert, director of programs at Can Do MS.

The CAN DO Program will take place on May 17-20, 2017, and the TAKE CHARGE® Program will be August 4-6, 2017, at Shepherd Center in Atlanta. Can Do MS is accepting applications for the CAN DO Program beginning on January 11, 2017. The application for the TAKE CHARGE Program will open in May 2017.

For more information on applying for Can Do MS programs, please visit mscando.org/programs.

About Can Do MS
A national nonprofit organization based in Avon, Colorado, Can Do MS delivers health education programs on exercise, nutrition and symptom management to inspire and motivate long-lasting change for those with MS and their families to help them thrive. For more information, visit the organization’s website at mscando.org or call 800-367-3101.

About Shepherd Center
Shepherd Center, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis and chronic pain. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation and is a 152-bed facility. Annually, Shepherd Center admits nearly 1,000 people to its inpatient programs and about 600 to its day patient programs. In addition, Shepherd Center sees more than 6,600 people annually on an outpatient basis. For more information, visit Shepherd Center online at shepherd.org.