Shepherd Center was again named one of the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation in a U.S. News & World Report survey. The rankings are published online at health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will be published in U.S. News’s annual guidebook, Best Hospitals 2013, which will be available in mid-August.
Shepherd ranked No. 10 among dozens of hospitals that earned a spot in the magazine’s survey of rehabilitation hospitals. Shepherd Center first appeared on the list in 2000.
Also, U.S. News & World Report announced that Shepherd Center ranked No. 2 in the Atlanta metro area in the magazine’s “Best Hospitals” metro area rankings for 2012-2013 and No. 3 in Georgia. These rankings were released simultaneously with the national rankings.
Rankings for rehabilitation hospitals are based on nominations among physicians. Physicians are asked to name hospitals they consider the best in their specialty, regardless of location or expense.
America’s Best Hospitals guide includes rankings of medical centers nationwide in 16 specialties. The ranked specialties are cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, ear, nose and throat, gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology, heart and heart surgery, kidney disorders, neurology and neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, psychiatry, pulmonology, rehabilitation, rheumatology and urology.
“All of these hospitals are the kinds of medical centers that should be on your list when you need the best care,” says Avery Comarow, health rankings editor. "They are where other hospitals send the toughest cases.”