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Shepherd up one spot in U.S. News & World Report rankings
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July 17, 2014 08:30 PM | 2826 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Shepherd Center, a Buckhead-based catastrophic-care hospital for patients with spinal cord and brain injuries, ranks No. 9 in a 2014-15 list of the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the nation in a U.S. News & World Report survey released Tuesday. Last year it was ranked 10th.

The rankings are published online at and will be printed in U.S. News’s annual guidebook, Best Hospitals 2015, available in August.

For the first time in the rehabilitation hospital rankings, Shepherd Center tied for No. 9 with Rusk Rehabilitation at New York University’s Langone Medical Center in New York. Shepherd ranked among nearly 50 facilities that earned a spot in the magazine’s survey of rehabilitation hospitals. The center first appeared on the list in 2000.

Also, U.S. News announced Shepherd ranked No. 2 in metro Atlanta in the magazine’s Best Hospitals metro-area rankings for 2014-15 and No. 3 in Georgia. These rankings were released simultaneously with the national rankings.

U.S. News publishes its Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition or extra risk because of age or multiple health problems.

Rehabilitation hospitals are ranked by reputation alone based on the latest three annual surveys of physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians. Those receiving nominations from an average of at least 5 percent of the responding specialists and the last three surveys are nationally ranked Best Hospitals. Those nominated by at least 3 percent but less than 5 percent of physicians are high-performing Best Regional Hospitals.

For 2014-15, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 adult specialties and ranked the top 50 in most of the specialties. Just 3 percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2014-15 earned national ranking in even one specialty.

“The data tell the story – a hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow. “A Best Hospital has demonstrated its expertise in treating the most challenging patients.”

Another local hospital, Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital in Sandy Springs, is ranked 11th in Georgia and seventh in metro Atlanta in this year's guide. It is listed as high performing in ear, nose and throat and in orthopaedics.

“We are thrilled with this year’s U.S. News & World Report ranking, especially with so many categories moving up significantly,” said John Fox, president and CEO for Emory Healthcare. “This clearly reflects the dedication to exceptional patient care that is displayed every day by our faculty, nurses and staff members.”

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