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Inpatient Rehabilitation Services 

Welcome to Inpatient Rehabilitation. Thank you for the opportunity to work with our team of professionals! We realize that you have a choice when selecting your healthcare providers, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to serve your rehabilitation needs. The rehabilitation team at North Fulton Hospital is committed to providing the highest quality services you need to allow for the best possible medical and functional outcomes. We have been providing comprehensive rehabilitation services at North Fulton Hospital for over 20 years. Our hospital is certified as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, since 2005. Our licensed rehabilitation unit serves patients with a variety of diagnoses, including stroke, brain injury or tumor, spinal cord injury, other neurological disorders, amputation, and major multiple trauma. We are mindful of how important compassionate, responsive and personal care is to every patient. Please trust that our healthcare professionals will work together as a team to meet or exceed the patient’s expectations while a patient in our facility.

Should you require additional inpatient therapy and nursing services following your hospital stay for an acute condition (neurological, complicated medical, multiple trauma, and others), our on-site multi-disciplinary rehabilitation unit offers a focused team approach for your continued recovery towards functional independence.

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    Rehabilitation Diagnostic Categories

    • Stroke (CVA)
    • Major Multiple Trauma
    • Amputation
    • Neurological Disorder
    • Burns
    • Neuromuscular Disease
    • Brain Tumor
    • Spinal Cord Injury (may be limited)
    • Brain Injury
    • Work-Related Injuries

    *Other diagnoses may be considered for admission and will be reviewed with the patient’s current medical information on an individual basis.

    Pre-Admission Assessment

    As part of our pre-admission process, patients will meet or speak to one of our Rehab Admissions Liaisons who will provide them with information about our facility and tell them what it means to be a patient at our inpatient rehab facility. They will discuss goals for recovery and review current medical and therapy information to determine treatment needs and options. Family members or other representatives are invited to tour our inpatient rehab unit to see our facility and meet some of our healthcare providers. Our admissions staff will check health insurance benefits to allow the patient to make informed choices about their next level of care.

    Inpatient Admission
    Criteria for admission is determined by Medicare and other healthcare regulatory organizations. At times, the admissions liaisons will suggest another, more appropriate level of rehabilitation, such as sub-acute or outpatient. Admissions determinations are made by a team of healthcare professionals at North Fulton Hospital, led by our Medical Director of Rehabilitation. These admissions decisions are typically relayed to the case manager at the patient’s current healthcare facility.

    The referred patient must:

    • Require a coordinated interdisciplinary plan of care that includes two or more therapies (PT, OT, Speech).
    • Be motivated and able to participate in a minimum of three hours of therapy, 5 days per week.
    • Have the potential to significantly improve his or her functional abilities.
    • Require 24-hour availability of a Physician specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
    • Require 24-hour availability of a Registered nurse with specialized training in rehabilitation.
    • Be 15 years of age or older.
    • Have a plan for a helper (frequently a family member) at home when discharged. Our patients are not totally independent in all of their functional activities at the time of discharge. 24-hour assistance is sometimes needed for the patient’s safety. The helper may need to be able to help the patient move, eat, bathe, dress, and/or use the toilet.

    Rehabilitation Team

    • Alan Harben, MD, PhD,Medical Director of Rehabilitation
    • Brent Clower, MD, Assistnat Medical Director of Rehabilitation
    • Lisa McKinney, OTR/L, Director of Rehabilitation Services
    • Cathy Gebhardt, RN, CRRN, PhD, Nurse Manager for Rehabilitation Nursing

    The rehab team is a group of dedicated, experienced health care professionals, who strive to integrate your rehab services and assist you in meeting your goals. The team approach is the standard of care on the rehabilitation unit. Each team member has a specific role in the patient’s recovery of function. The most important team member, however, is the patient!

    Our multidisciplinary team consists of:

    • Physiatrists/Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physicians
    • Rehabilitation Nurses
    • Registered Dieticians
    • Physical Therapists (PT’s)
    • Respiratory Therapists
    • Occupational Therapists (OT’s)
    • Case Managers
    • Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP’s)

    Weekly Interdisciplinary Meetings

    The rehab team holds weekly interdisciplinary meetings for every patient on the rehab unit, under the direction of the Medical Director. Weekly team meetings include discussions about each patient’s progress toward established goals and any barriers to progress, effectiveness of the care plan, current medical conditions, changes to the tentative discharge date, and ongoing needs after discharge. In addition, the case manager or physician will inform the patient of the details of the discussion following each meeting.

    Patient/Family Participation

    It is important that a family member and/or caregiver accompany the patient upon admission, ideally for at least one-half day, to register and give information pertinent to the patient’s individual needs. Also essential to the success of the rehabilitation stay is family support and participation. During the inpatient rehabilitation process, it is important that patients have several comfortable/loose fitting outfits and non-slip/sturdy shoes (athletic shoes work well).

    Family members and/or caregivers will be asked to attend scheduled family training with therapists and nurses prior to discharge. This provides the patient and family an opportunity to meet appropriate team members, to discuss the patient’s progress and clear up any concerns that may arise. A patient’s transition home should be a safe one for both the patient and his or her family members.

    Discharge Plans

    The discharge planning process begins immediately upon admission and involves the patient, family members, and rehabilitation team. Individual progress and needs are addressed at the team meetings and family sessions. Family conferences are scheduled as needed. The case manager and therapists work with the patient to obtain the necessary home medical equipment and services upon discharge.

    Contact: Admissions and General Inquiries: 770-751-2630

    To learn more about the Center for Rehabilitation Services at North Fulton Hospital, please call 770-751-2630.

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