Shepherd Center CEO Gary Ulicny will retire next year and be replaced by Sarah Morrison, the current vice president of clinical services, the hospital announced Aug. 25.

Gary Ulicny, the current CEO of the Shepherd Center. (Special)

The Shepherd Center, at 2020 Peachtree Road in Buckhead, specializes in treatment, rehabilitation and research on neuromuscular diseases and injuries, including brain and spinal cord injury. It is regularly ranked as one of the nation’s top rehabilitation hospitals. Ulicny has served as CEO since 1994 and will retire effective March 31 of next year, according to a press release. Morrison has worked in various roles at the hospital since 1984.

“Gary Ulicny has led Shepherd Center through a period of tremendous growth and success,” said James Shepherd, the hospital’s co-founder and board chairman, in the press release. “He has fostered a culture of excellence that Sarah Morrison will carry on. She has the experience and skill to help us continue to exceed national standards as we navigate through a changing healthcare environment.”

Future Shepherd Center CEO Sarah Morrison. (Special)

“None of our success could have been possible without the dedication and commitment of our board, senior managers, physicians and staff,” Ulicny said in the press release. “I will leave with my head held high knowing that Shepherd Center has had a significant impact on so many lives and comforted by knowing that it will now be in Sarah Morrison’s capable hands.”

“Healthcare is a fast-changing industry, and Shepherd Center needs to be prepared to be flexible to adapt quickly,” Morrison said in the press release. “My tenure at Shepherd Center gives me a historical foundation of the organization, but more importantly, it gives me the ability to maintain our unique culture that drives our exceptional outcomes and ability to achieve our mission.”

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