Veterans Affairs Office
HUMANA MILITARY HEALTHCARE SERVICES AND ATLANTA'S SHEPHERD CENTER PARTNER TO COMPLEMENT CARE FOR WOUNDED U.S. MILITARY MEMBERS WHO SERVED IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN
Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus to act as benefactor for vet care
LOUISVILLE, KY -- March 10, 2008 -- Humana Military Healthcare Services (HMHS) and the Shepherd Center , an Atlanta-based hospital specializing in the medical care and rehabilitation of people with spinal cord and brain injuries, announced a partnership with Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus. This partnership will assist military service members wounded during their service in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, as well as their families, in obtaining additional care that will aid in their recovery from combat related injuries.
The SHARE Initiative, began in January 2008, and will primarily focus on wounded service members in the Southeast, subsequently expanding to encompass a larger population . SHARE'S vision is to enrich the hope and recovery for wounded men and women of the military. The partnership with Shepherd Center , (one of the nation's leading rehabilitation hospitals), will complement the healthcare that may not be covered by TRICARE or other health insurance . Services may include specialized rehabilitation and community reintegration for spinal cord or traumatic brain injuries (TBI) survivors who sustained injuries while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan .
"Humana Military is pleased to be a part of this initiative," said Dave Baker, president and CEO of HMHS. "The courageous men and women of the military deserve the finest of care when they return home with injuries. I am happy that HMHS is partnering with Mr. Marcus and the Shepherd Center to complement the quality care they are already receiving ."
Marcus will sponsor wounded warriors needing assistance in paying for essential medical rehabilitation, post-acute rehabilitation, as well as community and family support services at the center that may not be covered under TRICARE or other health insurance .
The types of services that Marcus will take financial responsibility for could include: neuropsychological evaluation to assess for TBI and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), cognitive therapy, counseling, activity- and community-based rehabilitation, residential services and respite care for family members, and housing while services are being delivered . Services also could include assistive technology devices, cognitive prosthetics, and home health care equipment, such as bathroom equipment and canes.
For more information, please contact Susan Johnson at the Shepherd Center , 404-352-2020.
HMHS, headquartered in Louisville , KY. , has been a Department of Defense contractor for the administration of the TRICARE program since July 1, 1996 . In August 2003, HMHS was awarded the contract to provide health benefits support and services to approximately 2.8 million active duty and retired military and their eligible family members in the 10-state South Region . HMHS was also awarded the Department of Defense's contract to provide health care services and support for active duty service members and their families located in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico , in February 2004 .
About Shepherd Center
Shepherd Center is a private, not-for-profit hospital devoted to the medical care and rehabilitation of people with spinal cord injury and disease, acquired brain injury, multiple sclerosis and other neuromuscular problems .
Based in Atlanta , Shepherd Center has been helping people through some of the most difficult and life-changing experiences they can imagine for more than three decades .
By focusing on highly-specialized care, Shepherd Center has developed a unique expertise and has become a nationally respected model for rehabilitation .
As a leading facility for research, as well as an organization that sets the standards for rehabilitative outcomes, Shepherd Center helps shape the face of rehabilitation in the United States . Whether studying a new device, testing an improved surgical procedure or developing a groundbreaking treatment method, research at Shepherd Center translates directly into an improved quality of life for the center's patients .
Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville , Kentucky , is one of the nation's largest publicly traded health and supplemental benefits companies, with approximately 11.5 million medical members . Humana is a full-service benefits solutions company, offering a wide array of health and supplementary benefit plans for employer groups, government programs and individuals .
Over its 47-year history, Humana has consistently seized opportunities to meet changing customer needs. Today, the company is a leader in consumer engagement, providing guidance that leads to lower costs and a better health plan experience throughout its diversified customer portfolio .
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