Shepherd Center Welcomes New Vice President of Marketing and Communications
Jo Tapper joins Shepherd Center.
Shepherd Center recently announced that Jo Tapper, MBA, has joined the organization as vice president of marketing and communications. At Shepherd Center, Tapper will provide leadership for our marketing and public relations team, which is part of the Office of Advancement. She also will serve as a member of the senior management team (SMT). Tapper joined the neurorehabilitation hospital on October 18.
Before joining Shepherd, Tapper served as executive director of cardiovascular strategy and professional services for Piedmont Healthcare, where she oversaw cardiovascular business strategy and growth, program development, clinical research and continuing medical education across the health system. Tapper played a vital role in the Piedmont Heart Institute branding refresh and their recent facility expansion project.
"I am thrilled to be joining Shepherd Center and am inspired by the passionate caregivers and administrative teammates," Tapper said. "The organization's values of hope, humor and hard work speak to me, and I look forward to helping others around the world learn more about the unique care and research that is helping patients live their best lives."
Tapper has also served in leadership at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and she has also worked as a healthcare consultant for academic and community providers around the country. She received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Virginia.
“We are thrilled to welcome Jo Tapper to Shepherd Center,” said Sarah Batts, senior vice president of Shepherd Center's Office of Advancement. “Her experience and expertise will add great value to the continued development of the marketing and public relations team.”
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.