Alana, along with her husband Harold, their son James and Dr. Apple, founded Shepherd Center after James sustained a paralyzing spinal cord injury in 1973
Shepherd Center has grown 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, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions. Now, Shepherd Center treats about 900 inpatients, 540 day program patients and more than 7,300 outpatients each year. Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation.
Alana’s numerous civic involvements have included serving as former vice president and current member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta, the Greater Grady Task Force and secretary of the board of directors for the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games.
In 1989, Alana was the first woman elected to be a member of the Buckhead Coalition, and in 2003, she became the first woman elected as chairman of the Coalition. She was also the first woman elected to the board of directors of Genuine Parts and the board of directors of Wachovia Bank of Georgia.