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Shepherd Center’s Case Managers Honored with Two National Awards

Shepherd Center’s case managers were honored on April 20 with two national Case in Point Platinum Awards – one for Excellence in Case Management for Rehabilitation Programs and an honorable mention for Overall Case Management Program – from the Commission for Case Management Certification.

The awards recognize the leading medical management programs that serve patients across the care continuum. Shepherd case managers Cheryl Smith and Marilyn Taylor accepted the awards on behalf of the Shepherd staff at an event in Washington, D.C, honoring 29 winners and more than 100 honorable mentions. The event featured best-in-class initiatives and industry-leading personnel.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment by Shepherd Center’s case management staff,” said Gary Ulicny, Ph.D., president and CEO of Shepherd Center. “The awards are a much-deserved recognition of their contributions.”

Shepherd’s case managers were nominated for the awards by the hospital’s chief nurse executive Tammy King, spinal cord injury program director Sarah Morrison and acquired brain injury program director Susan Johnson. The nomination highlighted Shepherd’s case management services from the time of admission to post-acute care to post-discharge follow-up care. It included outcomes that case managers oversee, return-to-the-community statistics, return-to-work and return-to-school rates, and information on case managers’ work in managing Shepherd patients in the community through the Independent Care Waiver Program.

The nomination also highlighted some of Shepherd’s unique specialty case management processes, including those for military service members receiving treatment in Shepherd’s SHARE Initiative; patients in a wellness program called Beyond Therapy®; and spinal cord injury patients participating in therapy through the NeuroRecovery Network at Shepherd.

You can view the Platinum Award winners and honorable mentions at:

About Shepherd Center

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.