Mission: Shepherd Center's mission is to help people with a temporary or permanent disability caused by injury or disease, rebuild their lives with hope, independence and dignity, advocating for their full inclusion in all aspects of community life while promoting safety ...
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. Last year Shepherd had 965 admissions to its spine and brain inpatient programs and 571 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.
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.
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.
In a time of crisis, it may be reassuring to know that there is another family that's been in your shoes: the Shepherds.
James Shepherd set out on a backpacking trip around the world in 1973 after graduating from the University of Georgia. While bodysurfing off a beach in Rio de Janeiro, he was slammed to the ocean floor by a wave. James, who was 22 at the time, sustained a serious spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the neck down.
After spending five weeks in a Brazilian hospital struggling to survive, he returned to the United States. With the help of a family friend - Clark Harrison, the former DeKalb County commission chairman who'd been paralyzed since being shot by a German sniper in 1944 - the Shepherd family located a rehabilitation treatment facility in Colorado. After six months of intensive rehabilitation, James regained his ability to walk while using a cane and a leg brace.
After returning home to Atlanta, James and his parents - Harold and Alana Shepherd - were frustrated with the lack of rehabilitation care options in the Southeast. With the help of Mr. Harrison and David Webb, chairman of President Carter's White House Conference on Handicapped Individuals, the Shepherds hurled themselves headlong into the task of creating a rehabilitation center.
With enthusiastic support, Shepherd Center was founded in 1975 as a six-bed unit operating out of leased space in an Atlanta hospital. Almost immediately there was a waiting list.
A Diversified Workplace
Whether you're a recent graduate just beginning your career or an experienced professional looking for a challenge, Shepherd Center offers a spectrum of rewarding job opportunities in the clinical and non-clinical setting.
Attractive Compensation Package
Shepherd Center is an attractive employer, especially when considering the total compensation package. Benefits: fair salary, excellent medical/dental coverage, flexible work arrangements, safe/healthy workplace, numerous types of leave, etc.
Opportunities for Advancement
There is a major potential for growth at Shepherd Center. A significant portion of Shepherd Center employees will retire within the next decade. This opens up opportunities for talented individuals to advance within the organization.
Helping People as part of a Model System
Shepherd Center is designated by the federal government as a "Model System" of care. That means that rehabilitation centers across the nation look to Shepherd Center to set the standard in rehabilitation care and research.
Opportunities for Continued Learning
The opportunity to learn is key to personal satisfaction at work. Shepherd Center offers you access to a variety of learning opportunities. You'll find experiences and programs that will encourage learning and help you in the building of a successful career.
Opportunities for Training
We offer courses in the latest technology, in communication and interpersonal skills, in developing and encouraging sensitivity to people with disabilities, in management - a vast range of learning possibilities, all aimed at increasing your employability. On-the-job training, in the form of coaching or mentoring, regular feedback from your manager, conferences and workshops are other means by which you can continue your development at Shepherd Center.
Shepherd Center provides a competitive benefits package that focuses on high quality healthcare while supporting the overall health and wellness of our employees. Many benefits are available to employees working as little as 16 hours per week.
Shepherd Center provides the following benefits at no cost to eligible employees.
Option to purchase additional coverage at reduced group rates.
I worked at Shepherd Center full-time (More than 8 years)
Shepherd Center is true to its mission, to provide the best care for people with catastrophic injuries. Employee benefits are excellent. Salaries are competitive. I never felt pressured to overwork; there was work life balance. I had three different supervisors over the years and all treated me like a respected professional. There is a sense of community among the employees and senior management has always been invested in employee satisfaction.
Limited opportunities for growth in some areas. Extremely rewarding, but emotionally challenging work that can lead to burnout.
Advice to Management
Offer more outreach to employees to assist with burnout and career growth.
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Shepherd Center.
applied online , got a call back within a week .
interviewed with the department manager. at the end was told i would move on to the next part, interviewing with the charge nurse.
They called the next day and said they liked me but wanted me to work on day shift and if a position open they would contact me.
4 months later they contacted me and i got the job