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Revamping rehab
GMC rehabilitation center undergoes renovations

DULUTH - Gwinnett Medical Center's Glancy Rehabilitation Center recently underwent a rehab of its own.

For years it shared space with Joan Glancy Memorial Hospital, but when Gwinnett Medical Center opened its Duluth campus in October 2006, the site of Duluth's first hospital closed its doors for good.

That left the rehab center - which services a number of neurological and trauma cases - with room to grow.

Thirty private patient rooms were built on the second floor, in addition to new treatment space. Jim and Billie Ellis of Duluth also donated $18,000 for a canopy at the new entrance to the facility that serves as a welcome respite from the elements.

Donor contributions totaled more than $100,000, Gwinnett Medical Center spokeswoman Andrea Whermann said.

Glancy Rehabilitation Center provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient physical rehabilitation services to survivors of life-changing illnesses and injuries, such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple trauma and hip fracture. Patients come from all over the metro area - from here in Gwinnett to Forsyth County, Athens and Gainesville. The facility is only one of seven in the state to be certified as a "Stroke Specialty Program" facility.

The second floor expansion is quite modern, featuring smooth hardwood flooring in the hallway and gentle aesthetics that belie the fact that Glancy is a medical facility.

Officials say the new digs will allow patients a more comfortable environment in which to undergo rehabilitation and return home as soon as possible.

"The private patient rooms are great," said Ginger Geiger, who supervises Glancy's nursing staff. "Privacy is a big deal and (patients) get that here."

The facility offers both inpatient and outpatient services for treatment of neurological and orthopedic impairments including stroke, amputation, Guillain-Barre, hip fracture, multiple sclerosis and multiple trauma.

Stroke rehabilitation includes neuropsychological services; occupational therapy; physical therapy; rehabilitation nursing; respiratory therapy; social services and case management; speech-language pathology and therapeutic recreation.