Inpatient Rehabilitation

The goal of NGMC’s Inpatient Medical Rehabilitation Program is to help the people we serve become as independent as possible for a safe and successful return to home.

Why Choose NGMC Inpatient Rehabilitation

Our Staff is Highly Skilled & Experienced

Our studies show that nearly 100% of NGMC Inpatient Rehabilitation Patients felt their health improved after discharge and would recommend NGMC to family and friends. Here are some reasons why:

Expert Inpatient Rehabilitation team:

  • Our therapists (PT, OT and SLP) average over 16 years of experience.
  • Certified rehabilitation nurses (CRRN) lead our team.
  • Our unit has daily coverage of a dedicated physician.
  • We have a full emergency response team on site.
  • The inpatient medical rehabilitation unit of NGMC has dedicated nurses and therapists.
  • We provide specialized nursing care on site, such as hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, CAPD, CCPD, tracheostomy care, TPN, blood and blood products administration, central venous therapy, post-cardiac services such as LifeVest and LVAD, wound care, and specialized spinal cord education for patients and families.

In addition, we also involve an entire team of cardiothoracic surgeons, neurosurgeons, and trauma professionals. Our additional onsite services available include but are not limited to:

We Know Rehabilitation

We are one of the first 20 in the nation to receive the Stroke Specialty Certification from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

Patient & family education after discharge is a major part of what we do. We help teach and reinforce techniques for a smooth transition to home. Research has found a correlation between patient support involvement and success once patients leave the hospital. The patient sets goals with our staff and periodic updates are given to the patient and family.

Measured & Benchmarked Outcomes

Our outcomes are measured and compared to regional and national data to ensure we maintain state-of-the-art treatment.  

Click the links below for more detailed information about our outcomes and the people we serve:

  1. General Rehabilitations Report Card
  2. Amputation Outcomes Report Card
  3. Brain Injury Outcomes Report Card
  4. Neurological Outcomes Report Card
  5. Orthopedics Outcomes Report Card
  6. Spinal Cord Injury Outcomes Report Card  
  7. Stroke Outcomes Report Card
Northeast Georgia Rehabilitation Institute

The new 61,000-square-foot facility will feature a designated wing on the second floor for brain injury and stroke patients, as well as a large therapy suite including a gym, private therapy rooms, a cooking therapy room, an Activities of Daily Living therapy apartment and a variety of innovative rehabilitation equipment.

The new rehabilitation facility will provide 40 private rooms and intensive nursing, physical, occupational and speech pathology services for adults recovering from conditions such as stroke, neurological disease, brain or spinal cord injury and other debilitating illnesses or injuries. Lifepoint Rehabilitation will manage the day-to-day operations of the facility.

Program Features & Services

A Dedicated On-Site Rehabilitation Unit
  1. Our 24-bed inpatient unit is located inside Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Gainesville.
  2. The NGMC Inpatient dedicated unit features an inpatient medical rehab floor with a gym and treatment space.
  3. We provide specialized care on-site such as thrombectomies, tPA administration, open heart surgeries, hemodialysis, etc.
Primary Stroke Center

Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville has been accredited as a Primary Stroke Center since 2010, demonstrating our commitment to excellence in stroke care. It was the first hospital in the state of Georgia to gain this accreditation from DNV Healthcare. In 2020, NGMC Barrow and NGMC Braselton were also accredited as Primary Stroke Centers.

CARF Accredited Rehabilitation Care

The Inpatient Rehabilitation program of The Rehabilitation Institute of Northeast Georgia Medical Center is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, better known as CARF.  In fact, we’ve been CARF-accredited for more than two decades!

CARF has surveyed hundreds of thousands of programs throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia since it was founded as an independent, nonprofit accreditor in 1966.  Receiving CARF accreditation means our Inpatient Rehabilitation program:

  • Is guided by internationally recognized service standards and best practices
  • Participates in ongoing consultation and in-depth on-site reviews
  • Provides the highest quality of care for our customers
  • Is committed to reducing risk, addressing safety concerns, and respecting cultural and individual rights of our patients.

Learn more about the accreditation at

Admission Criteria
  1. Must be 15 years of age or older.
  2. Functional loss that would require the treatment of at least two of the following therapies: physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech- language pathology
  3. The ability to actively participate in our intensive program of therapies, which is scheduled at a minimum of 3 hours per day, 5 days per week
  4. A medical condition or conditions that would require close monitoring and management by our medical team led by a physiatrist (a physician who specializes in rehabilitation medicine) and rehabilitation nursing
  5. Have a support system of family, friends and/or caregivers who would aid in the safe transition from rehab to home

The Inpatient Medical Rehabilitation Unit’s patient selection process seeks to represent the cultural diversity of our service area.


How do we measure patient improvement?

Our outcomes are measured and compared to national data to ensure we maintain state-of-the-art treatment.

The Care Tool measures broad areas of mobility and self-care over 24 functional activities. We measure a patient’s functional ability at admission, at discharge and then after discharge. This is a tool used nationally and allows us to compare our services to the best facilities in the nation.

What areas do we serve?

We stand ready to be your post-acute provider of choice throughout Northeast Georgia, Northwest South Carolina and Southwest North Carolina. We accept Medicaid coverage for Hall, Dawson, Banks, Barrow, Forsyth, Habersham, Jackson, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns Union, White and Gwinnett (zip codes 30515, 30518 and 30519) county residents.

How does payment work for inpatient rehab? Can I use insurance?

Fees, deductibles, and out-of-pocket maximums differ for every patient, depending on specific insurance plans and program services provided, and amounts already applied to out-of-pocket costs in the current calendar year.  For guidance on your benefits, please contact our admissions department at 770-219-1932

Referring a Patient

To make a referral or for more information, call 770-219-1932. If the patient meets the admission criteria, arrangements for admission will be coordinated with the referral source. If the patient does not meet admission criteria, the coordinator will make alternative recommendations.

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