U.S. News & World Report Names Shepherd Center Among Best in Rehabilitation
“We are honored to be ranked by U.S. News and World Report as No. 8 on their list of the best rehabilitation hospitals in the country,” said Gary Ulicny, Ph.D., president and CEO of Shepherd Center. “We pride ourselves on offering world-class medical care, while also creating a culture of hope for our patients and their families. U.S. News and World Report’s ranking validates our efforts and inspires us to continue to strive for excellence.”
The No. 8 ranking marks a move forward from No. 9 in 2015-16. Shepherd Center first appeared on the list in 2000.
Rehabilitation hospitals are ranked by reputation alone based on the latest three annual surveys of physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians. Those receiving nominations from an average of at least 5 percent of the responding specialists and the last three surveys are nationally ranked Best Hospitals.
“U.S. News evaluates nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “A hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of.”
The U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 27th year, help guide patients to hospitals that deliver outstanding care across 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. The Best Hospitals methodologies include objective measures such as patient survival, the number of times a given procedure is performed, infection rates, adequacy of nurse staffing and more.
For 2016-17, 153 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty, while 1,628 received a high-performing rating in one or more specialties, procedures or conditions. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals that were high-performing across multiple areas of care.
Best Hospitals was produced by U.S. News with RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C.
The rankings will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2017” guidebook, which became available for pre-sale on Aug. 1. For more information, visit Best Hospitals and use #BestHospitals on Facebook and Twitter.
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.