Shepherd Center Names Two to Senior Leadership Team
Marsha Hanson and Joe Nowicki assumed their roles in October.
Shepherd Center has named two new leaders to its senior leadership team.
Marsha Hanson, RN, BSN, CRRN, began her tenure as director of outpatient services on Oct. 1, 2019. With this promotion, Hanson will direct Shepherd Center’s Outpatient Services, which includes the Andrew C. Carlos Multiple Sclerosis Institute, Shepherd Spine and Pain Institute, the Multi-Specialty Clinic, Urology Clinic, Wound Clinic, Call Center and Medical Imaging Services. She will be responsible for the department’s activities and operations, providing oversight of program management activities, including business development, clinical services and financial growth.
Hanson began her career at Shepherd Center 23 years ago as a patient care technician. She has since served as a nurse, clinical research manager, clinical research coordinator, and most recently, the clinical application supervisor helping Shepherd Center implement Epic, its electronic medical record system.
“We look forward to Marsha’s leadership of our outpatient services, which care for more than 7,300 patients annually,” said Jamie Shepherd, MBA, MHA, chief operating officer of Shepherd Center. “Marsha’s clinical experience, knowledge of outpatient services and longevity at Shepherd Center make her uniquely suited for this role.”
On Oct. 7, 2019, Joe Nowicki joined Shepherd Center as associate vice president of facility services. In this role, Nowicki will lead, coordinate and oversee engineering, transportation, security and construction for all Shepherd Center properties. Nowicki will also ensure Shepherd Center’s compliance with The Joint Commission, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), and other applicable codes and regulations.
Nowicki has more than 28 years of experience in facilities operations, environment of care compliance, financial administration and operations of general healthcare facilities and five years in the hospitality industry. Most recently, he served as administrator of the environment of care and facilities operations at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. Before that, he served as vice president of facilities operations and in various other similar roles at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
“Joe’s experience in healthcare and facilities management will allow him to hit the ground running as he assumes operation of Shepherd Center’s facilities, including our main hospital on Peachtree Road, Shepherd Pathways in Decatur and 80 Peachtree Park Drive near the main campus,” said Wilma Bunch, vice president of facility services at Shepherd Center. “We’re excited to see how Joe’s leadership enhances Shepherd Center’s physical presence.”
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.