U.S. News & World Report Once Again Ranks Shepherd Center Among Best Rehabilitation Hospitals
The 2019 ranking marks Shepherd Center's 11th year in the top 10.
Shepherd Center has been recognized as one of the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation for the 11th consecutive year by U.S. News & World Report in the magazine’s 2019-20 Best Hospitals rankings.
The annual Best Hospitals rankings, now in its 30th 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. Shepherd Center was ranked No. 9.
“Recognition by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the country, along with our superior clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction, helps validate our work in providing highly specialized care for people with spinal cord and brain injury, multiple sclerosis, spine and chronic pain, and other neuromuscular conditions,” said Sarah Morrison, PT, MBA, MHA, president and CEO of Shepherd Center. “We work hard every day to provide the highest level of medical care while also creating a culture of hope and providing a vision for life beyond injury and illness.”
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 2019-20 rankings and ratings, U.S. News evaluated more than 4,500 medical centers nationwide in 25 specialties, procedures and conditions. In the 16 specialty areas, 165 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 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 on nearly every hospital across the United States, we give patients, families and physicians information to support their search for the best care across a range of procedures, conditions and 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 2019-20 rankings and ratings, please visit the FAQ. The rankings will be published in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2020” guidebook (ISBN 9781931469937), available for pre-order now from the U.S. News Online Store and for purchase at other bookstores in mid-September 2019.
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 743 inpatients, 277 day program patients and more than 7,161 outpatients each year in more than 46,000 visits.