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U.S. News & World Report Once Again Ranks Shepherd Center Among Best in Rehabilitation

The 2018 ranking marks Shepherd Center's 10th year in the top 10.

Shepherd Center has been recognized for the 10th consecutive year as one of the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in the magazine’s 2018-19 Best Hospitals rankings.

The annual Best Hospitals rankings, now in its 29th 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.

“At Shepherd Center, we work diligently every day to provide world-class, specialized medical and rehabilitation care for people with spinal cord and brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions, while also creating a culture of hope and recovery for our patients and their families who come to us from across the nation and the world,” said Sarah Morrison, PT, MBA, MHA, president and CEO of Shepherd Center. “We are honored to be recognized again by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the country. This distinguished ranking fuels our motivation to work even harder on behalf of our patients and their families.”

Shepherd Center first appeared on the magazine’s list of the best U.S. rehabilitation hospitals in 2000 and has been consistently ranked in the top 10 since 2008. Shepherd Center is one of only two specialized rehabilitation facilities in the top 10 list. Others on the list are general rehabilitation hospitals.

For the 2018-19 rankings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. In the 16 specialty areas, 158 hospitals were ranked in at least one specialty. In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals as high performing across multiple areas of care.

“For nearly 30 years, U.S. News has strived to make hospital quality more transparent to healthcare consumers nationwide,” said Ben Harder, managing editor and chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “By providing the most comprehensive data available, we give patients and their physicians’ information to support their search for the best care across a range of specialties.”

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 2018-19 rankings, please visit the U.S. News Best Hospitals FAQ. The rankings will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2019” guidebook (ISBN 9781931469906), now available for pre-order from the U.S. News Online Store and for purchase at bookstores in late September 2018.

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About Shepherd Center

Shepherd Center provides world-class clinical care, research, and family support for people experiencing the most complex conditions, including spinal cord and brain injuries, multi-trauma, traumatic amputations, stroke, multiple sclerosis, and pain. An elite center recognized as both Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News as one of the nation’s top hospitals for rehabilitation. Shepherd Center treats thousands of patients annually with unmatched expertise and unwavering compassion to help them begin again.