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Former Florida House Speaker Allan Bense Released from Hospital

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Former Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Allan Bense, 62, of Panama City, Fla., has made great progress in the neurological rehabilitation program at Shepherd Center in Atlanta and has been discharged today to return home.

Mr. Bense, a Panama City businessman, was admitted to Shepherd Center on Nov. 4 to undergo rehabilitation for neurological impairments related to Guillain Barré syndrome (GBS), which he was diagnosed with in September. Shepherd Center specializes in medical treatment, research and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord and brain injury, as well as neurological conditions such as GBS.

"Allan made tremendous gains during his stay here," said Anna Elmers, M.D., his physician at Shepherd Center. "His hard work and motivation paid off as he made great strides in his endurance while here. We are so excited he will be able to be home for Christmas. He was such a pleasure to work with!"

While at Shepherd Center, Mr. Bense participated in a comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation program under the guidance of a full team of medical and rehabilitation specialists. His treatment team was led by Dr. Elmers and included nurses, an occupational therapist, physical therapist, recreation therapist, case manager, peer support specialist, nutritionist and psychologist, among others.

"I have made great strides in my recovery from GBS since I came to Shepherd Center almost eight weeks ago," Mr. Bense said. "The quality of care at Shepherd is unmatched. While I still have more work to do, the caregivers here took me to a different level.

"I have not been in my home for almost four months," he added. "I am looking forward to this weekend and being in my home and in the city and state I so dearly love."

The Bense family is appreciative for the outpouring of support from friends and supporters in Panama City, Tallahassee and elsewhere in Florida. For continued updates on his progress and to post messages that cheer him on toward recovery, visit Mr. Bense's CaringBridge website at


Information provided by The Shepherd Center

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