Shepherd ranked No. 10 among dozens of hospitals that earned a spot in the magazine’s survey of rehabilitation hospitals. It first appeared on the list in 2000.
Also, U.S. News & World Report announced that Shepherd ranked No. 2 in metro Atlanta in the magazine’s Best Hospitals metro area rankings for 2013-14 and No. 3 in Georgia. These rankings were released simultaneously with the national rankings.
Rankings for rehabilitation hospitals are based on nominations among physicians. Doctors are asked to name hospitals they consider the best in their specialty, regardless of location or expense.
America’s Best Hospitals guide includes rankings of medical centers nationwide in 16 specialties. The ranked specialties are cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, ear, nose and throat, gastroenterology, geriatrics, gynecology, heart and heart surgery, kidney disorders, neurology and neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, psychiatry, pulmonology, rehabilitation, rheumatology and urology.
“A hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings editor. “Only about 15 percent of hospitals are recognized for their high performance as among their region’s best. Just 3 percent of all hospitals earn a national ranking in any specialty.”