A Culture Like No Other
Our culture is fueled by progress, inclusiveness and human connection that unites people from all walks of life. Some of our staff have been here for decades and some are just starting their career paths, but we continue to grow together. Some of the things makes Shepherd Center a special place to be a part of include:
Employee Recognition & Events
Best Employee Attitude Awards
Special people who bring sunshine to Shepherd Center are recognized every year with our highly celebrated Best Employee Attitude Awards. While it feels amazing to be a recipient, heaping praise on a colleague is rewarding and uplifting, too.
Our STAR Program is designed to recognize employees who go above and beyond the expectations of clients and co-workers and exemplify our five pillars of excellence: people, service, quality, finance and growth.
Team members band together on themed teams (think superheroes or sports teams) to compete for bragging rights. Whether bloated arm floaties or tiny tricycles are involved, bring your best game — and sense of humor. You’ll love going for the gold and giggles at this annual event.
Communication & Transparency
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Council
Leveraging the rich talent and creativity of our diverse team is critical to being a center of excellence in rehabilitation and the focus of our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Council. Every employee can contribute to diversity and equity efforts by giving feedback in formal surveys and participating in business improvement processes.
In an ongoing effort to support a culture of inclusion, a diverse group of employees who represent all levels of the organization meet several times a year. They evaluate and implement programs and activities to positively impact employee acquisition, retention and ongoing engagement.
State of the Center
Our company meetings allow us to connect and collaborate with a focus on our business. Our president and CEO typically shares Shepherd Center’s financials and progress toward our pillar goals, Vision 2025 goals, as well as sustainability, and diversity, equity and inclusion.
Giving Back to Others
Each September, employees support a patient-focused need within the hospital by donating to the ShepherdCares Employee Giving Initiative. Past campaigns have funded new rehabilitation equipment for inpatient gyms, a new adaptive van for the driving program and funding for family housing. On average, 85% of our staff members give annually, a strong indication of how meaningful it is to be able to support patients this way.
This volunteer service program launched in 2019 because employees recognized the importance of giving back to the community. Four times a year, Shepherd employees can sign up to volunteer in underserved communities together and are paid for four hours of work without taking personal time. Slots are limited, so when you see the email from administration, sign up fast.
Our success as an organization is based on the contribution of every employee. ShepherdShare is an annual discretionary bonus program that rewards employees for contributing to the overall team effort at Shepherd.
Awards and Accolades
America’s Best Employers By State
According to Forbes’ 2022 list of America’s Best Employers By State, Shepherd Center ranks No. 5 overall among 100 companies ranked in Georgia and No. 1 in the Healthcare & Social category for the state. The rankings are based on an independent survey of a sample of Americans working for companies with more than 500 employees.
Top 10 Hospitals for Rehabilitation
Shepherd Center has been recognized as a 2022-2023 Best Hospital for Rehabilitation by U.S. News. In the 2022-23 rankings, Shepherd Center ranked in the No. 8 spot. Shepherd Center has been in the top 10 since 2008, testifying to the consistent, high-quality care it delivers. It is the only rehabilitation hospital in the southeast to be ranked in the top 15, and it serves as a national destination for neurorehabilitation of spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, and other neurological conditions.
Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion
Shepherd Center has been named a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Disability:IN. Shepherd Center earned this recognition by scoring 90 out of a possible 100 on the Disability Equality Index® (DEI), the world’s most comprehensive benchmarking tool for the Fortune 1000 and Am Law 2001 to measure disability workplace inclusion against competitors.
Traumatic Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Model Systems
The Administration for Community Living’s (ACL) National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) recently awarded a five-year grant to Shepherd Center to continue its nearly 40-year tenure as a Spinal Cord Injury Model System (SCIMS) and to receive designation as a Traumatic Brain Injury Midel System (TBIMS). NIDILRR awards grants to institutions that are national leaders in medical research and patient care and provide the highest level of comprehensive specialty services through rehabilitation and re-entry into full community life. Shepherd Center is part of an elite group to be designated as both model systems.