Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit

SGMC Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit helps patients who have suffered from functional loss due to a disabling illness or injury.

Patients may have suffered from:

  • Stroke (CVA)
  • Brain Injury
  • Neuropathy and Myopathy
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Peripheral Nerve Injury
  • Multiple Trauma
  • Hip Fractures
  • Hip Replacements
  • Amputations
  • Polyarthritis
  • Severe or Advanced Osteoarthritis
  • Guillain-Barre’
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease

We provide comprehensive medical rehabilitation through an interdisciplinary approach to patient care. We help patients gain their highest functional independence in order to return to the community.

Services include:

  • Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Rehabilitation Nursing
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Social Work/Case Management

The Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit accepts patients who:
  • Require 24-hour rehabilitative nursing.
  • Are able to tolerate a relatively intense therapy program consisting of at least three hours of therapy (PT, OT or Speech) five days a week.
  • Need at least two types of therapies.
  • Have the ability to achieve rehabilitation goals in a reasonable time frame that facilitate a return to the community.

Our 24-bed Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit is located on the second floor (2North) within South Georgia Medical Center’s Main Campus.

Additionally, we offer a transitional living apartment within the facility for patients to use as they transition from the final stages of rehabilitation to their home.

For additional information, download the patient brochure (PDF) here.

Meet Our Medical Director

Natalya V. Bulaeva, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Bulaeva is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and holds both an M.D. and a Ph.D. from Russian Medical University in Moscow. She is fluent in both Russian and English. Dr. Bulaeva joins SGMC from Brooks Rehabilitation Center in Jacksonville, FL. She completed her postgraduate residency training at Louisiana State University, and her research Fellowship in Biofeedback and restoration of movement at the University of Miami School of Medicine. She is a member of both the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the International Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society. Dr. Bulaeva has a long list of publications in a wide range of subjects, including paraplegia, cerebral palsy, and neuromuscular disorders.

Additional Therapies and Technologies

SGMC has new, advanced technologies to improve hand, arm, foot, and throat functions.

Bioness H200

The Bioness H200 helps improve hand function, including reaching, grasping, opening and closing. Learn more about the H200 Wireless Hand Rehabilitation System »

Bioness L300

The Bioness L300 is intended for treating foot drop associated with a number of conditions, including stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and incomplete spinal cord injury. This technology is designed to help people with certain neurological conditions walk more naturally, with increased speed and improved balance. Learn more about the L300 Foot Drop System »


LiteGait techniques is one of the best alternatives for retraining walking after most neurological disorders. Learn more about LiteGait »

Vital Stim Therapy

VitalStim® Therapy is a special form of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) that helps habilitate and/or re-educate the throat muscles needed for swallowing. Cleared by the FDA in June of 2001 and available to clinicians since 2003, this non-invasive therapy has been used successfully to help thousands regain the pleasures of an oral diet and a higher quality of life. Learn more about Vital Stim Therapy »