About Shepherd Center

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 and brain injury.

Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation.

Shepherd Center is a 152-bed facility. In 2015, Shepherd had 939 admissions to its spine and brain inpatient programs and 450 to its day patient programs. In addition, Shepherd sees more than 6,600 people annually on an outpatient basis.

Patients at Shepherd Center get more than just medical care; they get an experience that brings healing and hope. Shepherd takes a team approach to rehabilitation. We understand that patients are going through more than just recovery from an injury; they are learning a new way of life.

We work with each person to draw up a blueprint for rehabilitation, tapping into state-of-the-art medical care and comprehensive educational services. We also serve as an ambassador to help patients navigate their journey over a lifetime. At Shepherd Center, we are a family, working together to help patients and their families obtain the care they need plus so much more.

Medical Advantage
Our specialization has enabled our staff to develop higher levels of expertise and achieve better results for those we serve. When it comes to functional improvements, our patients are more independent and have better outcomes than the national average. Our return-to-home and return-to-work rates are among the best in the nation.

Continuum of Care
Shepherd Center offers a complete continuum of care, from evaluation and medical treatment to rehabilitation and lifelong support programs. Those we serve have access to programs that many other facilities don’t have, like therapeutic recreation, community outings, pastoral care, extensive family training, assistive technology, back-to-school programs, peer support, vocational counseling and return-to-work programs, and enhanced, post-discharge case management for all patients to help ease the transition back into the community.

Advanced Technology
Patients at Shepherd Center receive customized solutions to help them integrate daily tasks back into their lives. Experts and technology specialists help people customize an appropriate package of technological solutions that maximize independence in accomplishing day-to-day tasks.

Leaders in Research
Clinical studies are conducted in collaboration with leading experts at other hospitals, research centers, medical schools and universities around the world. Whether studying a new device, testing an improved surgical procedure or developing a new treatment method, research at Shepherd Center translates directly into an improved quality of life for our patients.

Shepherd Center is accredited by The Joint Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Shepherd Center is also designated as a Spinal Cord Injury Model System by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).

Patient and Family Training
Patients and families participate in training sessions to learn as much as possible about the injury or illness to manage ongoing medical care after returning home. Having a thorough understanding helps patients take full advantage of the rehabilitation process and can help prevent rehospitalization.