Why Choose Shepherd?

It's important to be confident about the quality of care you or a loved one will receive when entering a rehabilitation program. There are certain things to look for and questions to ask when narrowing down your list of options.

Specialty Care

There are several reasons why you should consider Shepherd Center when selecting a place for your rehabilitation. First and foremost, Shepherd Center specializes in the treatment of spinal cord injury, brain injury and stroke. We're not a general rehabilitation hospital like the majority of facilities you will encounter. That means we have more experience dealing with situations like yours.

Staff Expertise

In fact, our specialization has enabled our staff to develop higher levels of expertise and achieve better results for our patients. When it comes to functional improvements, our patients are more independent and have better outcomes than the national average. In fact, our patient outcomes, such as return to home rates and return to work rates, are among the best in the United States.

Nationally Ranked

Shepherd Center is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 10 best rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. Shepherd is the only rehabilitation facility in the nation with an Intensive Care Unit and Acute Medical components on-site, allowing us to begin the rehabilitation process sooner than other rehabilitation hospitals.

Continuum of Care

More than half of our patients travel from outside of the state to receive our complete continuum of care. They are drawn to our acute care, and inpatient programs, as well as outpatient services and our residential and lifelong support programs. Patients at Shepherd Center also enjoy our "value-added" programs.

These sought after programs include: therapeutic recreation, patient outings, chaplaincy, extensive family housing training, assistive technology, back-to-school programs and peer support. We even offer specialized rehabilitation programs tailored to adolescents, patients on ventilators, low-level brain injuries, dual diagnoses (brain and spinal cord) and neuromuscular diseases, as well as advanced rehabilitation programs for patients who are several months or years post-injury or illness.

Leaders in Research

Shepherd Center is also a world-renowned center for neurological and neuromuscular research. Clinical studies are conducted in collaboration with leading experts at other hospitals, research centers, medical schools and universities around the world. Shepherd Center's research activities are primarily focused in spinal cord injury, brain injury, multiple sclerosis and neuromuscular disorders. The center works to develop, refine and evaluate new treatments, including drugs, surgical techniques, diagnostic tools, and various therapy interventions.

Accreditation

Finally, we want you to know that 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).

Resources 

Making the Right Decision for Rehabilitation Care -- Association of Rehabilitation Nurses

How to Choose a Brain or Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Facility -- Shepherd Center Radio podcast