Shepherd Center Chief Operating Officer Jamie Shepherd, MBA, MHA, Recognized by Atlanta Business Chronicle as One of Atlanta’s 40 Under Forty
In his role as COO, Shepherd is responsible for the administrative direction, evaluation and coordination of clinical operations. He provides the leadership, management and strategic vision to ensure Shepherd Center has the proper processes and resources in place to optimize the clinical operations of the hospital, ensuring financial strength and operating efficiency.
“We’re very proud for Jamie to receive this well-deserved recognition as one of Atlanta’s 40 leaders under 40,” Sarah Morrison, PT, MBA, MHA, president and CEO of Shepherd Center says. “As chief operating officer of Shepherd Center, he is a leader who lives the mission every single day. His leadership style makes a significant difference with our employees which leads to our superior clinical outcomes. He is poised to lead Shepherd Center for many years to come. "
Shepherd also oversees the hospital’s community services and risk management functions. In his community services role, Shepherd provides guidance and support to patients and their families after discharge by engaging them in programs that promote health, wellness and independence, aiding in the reduction of unplanned readmissions and their associated costs.
Shepherd, the son of Shepherd Center co-founder James H. Shepherd, Jr., has carried on his family’s tradition of dedication to Shepherd Center’s mission of helping people with a temporary or permanent disability caused by injury or disease, rebuild their lives with hope, independence and dignity.
Shepherd Center was founded in 1975 by Shepherd’s father, James Shepherd, his grandparents, Alana and Harold Shepherd, and David Apple, M.D., who is now medical director emeritus. They founded the hospital after James sustained a paralyzing spinal cord injury in a bodysurfing accident in 1975.
“I am honored and humbled to be part of the third generation of our family working at Shepherd Center,” Shepherd says. “My vision is to build on the strong foundation my father and grandparents have put in place while maintaining our unique culture.”
Shepherd is a founding member of the Shepherd Center Foundation fundraising group called Shepherd Center Society and also serves as a board member of Shepherd Center. In addition, he represents the hospital at numerous fundraisers and community events.
Shepherd previously served as the director of community services and risk management and as a strategic project analyst at Shepherd Center, reporting directly to the chief financial officer and director of quality.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia, as well as master’s degrees in business administration and health administration from Georgia State University.
The new class was selected by a panel of past winners of the 40 Under Forty award from just over 400 nominations submitted on the Atlanta Business Chronicle website. They were celebrated at an evening awards event on Nov. 7, 2019, at The Fairmont in Atlanta.
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, spine and chronic pain, and other neurological conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. In its more than four decades, Shepherd Center has grown from a six-bed rehabilitation unit to a world-renowned, 152-bed hospital that treats more than 740 inpatients, nearly 280 day program patients and more than 7,100 outpatients each year in more than 46,000 visits.