Planning your admission

Planning Your Admission

To serve current patients in a timely manner, Shepherd Pathways will not be accepting external referrals for the program at this time. We will re-evaluate this decision later in 2017. In the meantime, we will not keep a waiting list or accept applications for the program. We will update the website in mid-August if we are able to begin accepting external referrals.

We will continue to serve our current established patients and those who have been treated at Shepherd in the past.  Thank you.

To initiate a referral, please download and complete the New Patient Information Form  and a Release of Information Form.

Once we have received all of your information, you will be contacted to set up an appointment with a physician at Shepherd Pathways to be evaluated for potential admission into the appropriate Shepherd Pathways program. Pathways offers a variety of services, and the physician will be able to make recommendations for the Pathways program that can best serve your needs.

If you have any questions about this process or need any assistance, you may call the Admissions Department at 404-350-7602.

If you are found to be a candidate for one of the programs, please be aware that your admission will not be scheduled immediately after your physician appointment. You may be placed on a waiting list until an opening becomes available. Depending on your benefits, the program recommended may not be covered by your insurance. If this occurs, you will be contacted by the Admissions Department to discuss other options for payment and treatment.

Documents Needed

The following medical records are needed before scheduling an appointment with the Shepherd Pathways physician:

  • Recent history and physical exam records from your primary care physician or other healthcare provider, such as your neurologist, neurosurgeon, physiatrist or oncologist, as well as notes from your most recent office visits.
  • Written report of the findings of your most recent radiology tests specific to brain, spine and orthopedic injuries (e.g., X-rays, MRI, CT scans).
  • Therapy notes, if currently receiving services, or discharge notes if no longer receiving services.
  • A completed copy of the attached New Patient Form.
  • Any other information you feel may be of assistance.

What Happens After All of My Documents Have Been Received?

Once we have received your records, we will contact you to schedule an appointment.

Preparing for My Appointment

  • You must bring a current medication list.
  • If you have a guardian, they should accompany you to the appointment and bring guardianship documents.
  • If you do not have a guardian, please have a caregiver who is familiar with your needs to come with you.
  • You MUST arrive at least 30 minutes before your appointment time.
  • If you cannot make it to your scheduled appointment, please call Shepherd Pathways at (404) 248-1667

Managing Expectations

At Shepherd Center, we are committed to appropriate care for our patients. Please understand that your initial appointment is a consultation only and is NOT a guarantee that further services can be provided.

Shepherd Center physicians are unable to serve as your primary care or internal medicine physician.

Due to the volume of patients we see, it is very important that you appear for your appointments on time. Shepherd Center reserves the right to terminate future scheduling for patients who do not show up for appointments and fail to give proper notice in advance.