What is the Acute Rehabilitation Program at WNFH? Acute Rehabilitation at WellStar North Fulton Hospital is an intensive medical rehabilitation program within the hospital setting. You will qualify for admission if you need close medical supervision and at least three hours of physical, occupational and/or speech therapy a day.
How often do I go to therapy? The therapists assigned to you complete their initial evaluations the day after you are admitted, and a treatment plan is devised to meet your needs and goals. Therapy sessions are planned 30 or 60 minute periods of one-on-one treatments between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. We have therapy 7 days a week and you are assured of receiving a minimum of 3 hours of therapy on 5 of those 7 days. You will usually have a break between each of the sessions.
Who will be my doctor while I’m here? Our unit currently has two Physiatrists on staff. Dr. Alan Harben or Dr. Brent Clower, will admit you to rehab and then will see you every weekday morning. Other doctors will see you on the weekends. If you need another physician specialist while you are here, Dr. Harben or Dr. Clower will call one to see you. Dr. Harben is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as well as in Pain Management, and he has over 25 years of experience as a rehab physician. He was born, raised and educated in Georgia. Dr. Clower is also board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Clower’s training and experience has focused on the rehabilitation process of major injuries and illnesses including brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury and trauma along with complications related to multiple other illnesses. He also has a sound understanding of pain related to spine, muscle, joint and the nervous system.
Will I have a nurse in rehab? Our rehab unit is in the hospital, so you will have a nurse assigned to you 24 hours a day. All of our nurses are registered nurses (RNs) and are trained in the area of rehabilitation nursing. Your nurse will monitor your condition around the clock and will develop a nursing treatment plan for you. You will also be assisted by our patient care technicians (PCTs) under the guidance and supervision of your nurse.
What should I bring with me when I am admitted to rehab? You will wear your own clothes in rehab, so bring a 5 day supply of comfortable, loose-fitting shirts and pants or shorts, pajamas or other sleepwear, tennis or other supportive shoes, socks, underwear and personal hygiene items. Your family will need to launder and return clean items as needed. Jewelry, other than a wedding band or watch, should be left at home. Please label all of your belongings with your name.
What will I do when I am not in therapy? Between therapy sessions, you will participate in any necessary medical procedures or tests, physician visits, nursing education, meals, toileting, bathing, and rest periods. There is television, phone, and picture window in each room, and you may connect your wireless device to the free Wi-Fi available in your room. To receive phone calls while here, have family and friends dial 770-410-4 + your three digit room number.
Is there time for visitors? You may receive visitors in your room, in our visiting room, or outside on the patio if you would like to be outdoors. We ask that most of your visitors come to see you after all your therapy sessions for the day are completed. Limiting non-family visitors during the therapy day allows you to maximize your time in the rehab program. Close family may visit at any time as long as the visits do not interfere with your rest breaks or willingness to participate in therapies. We allow a close member of your family such as your spouse, adult child, parent or other primary caretaker to stay overnight with you in your private room if you desire.
What are the visiting hours? Our normal visiting hours are 4:00 to 8:30 p.m. . every day. The therapy schedule is posted in the late afternoon for the following day so your family can plan accordingly.
Where do my visitors park? The hospital provides free parking for all visitors. Rehab visitors should follow the signs to the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit Entrance after turning onto Hospital Boulevard from Alpharetta Highway (State Route 9). Parking is available just outside the rehab entrance. There is additional free parking in the garage across from the hospital’s Main Entrance.