U.S. News & World Report Again Names Shepherd Center Among Best Rehabilitation Hospitals
This year marks the hospital’s 12th consecutive year in the top 10.
Shepherd Center has been recognized as a Best Hospital for Rehabilitation for 2020-21 by U.S. News & World Report. The 2020 rankings mark the 12th consecutive year Shepherd Center has ranked in the top 10.
The annual Best Hospitals rankings and ratings, now in their 31st year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for challenging health conditions or for common elective procedures. This year, Shepherd Center was ranked No. 8 – up one place from last year’s ranking. Shepherd Center tied for the No. 8 spot with Craig Hospital in Denver, Colorado.
“For nearly 45 years, Shepherd Center has served as the bridge between ‘I can’t and I can,’ for thousands of patients living with spinal cord and brain injuries, multiple sclerosis and other neuromuscular diseases,” said Sarah Morrison, PT, MBA, MHA, president and CEO of Shepherd Center. “To be recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the country enhances the pride we have in our superior clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction. I am truly grateful for all of our staff members who dedicate themselves to providing the highest level of medical care while also fostering a culture of humor, hard work and hope.”
For the 2020-21 rankings and ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 26 specialties, 10 procedures and conditions. In the 16 specialty areas, 134 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized best regional hospitals based on high-performing rankings across multiple areas of care.
“For more than 30 years, U.S. News & World Report has been helping patients, along with the help of their physicians, identify the Best Hospitals in an array of specialties, procedures and conditions,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “The hospitals that rise to the top of our rankings and ratings have deep medical expertise, and each has built a track record of delivering good outcomes for patients.”
The U.S. News Best Hospitals methodologies in most areas of care are based largely on objective measures such as risk-adjusted survival and discharge-to-home rates, volume, and quality of nursing, among other care-related indicators. Rankings in the categories of Ophthalmology, Psychiatry, Rehabilitation and Rheumatology are based solely on expert opinion as determined by a physician survey. In the Rehabilitation category, physiatrists (physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors) are surveyed, and the ranking reflects a composite of results from the past three annual surveys.
Best Hospitals was produced by U.S. News with RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C.
For more information about the 2020-21 rankings and ratings, please visit the FAQ. The rankings will be published in the “Best Hospitals 2021” guidebook (ISBN 9781931469951), available in stores October 6.
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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 neuromuscular 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 935 inpatients, 541 day program patients and more than 7,300 outpatients each year.