Hospital-Based therapy services are provided to patients in the medical and surgical units of South Georgia Medical Center needing therapeutic services. Therapies include physical, occupational and speech-language therapies. Our therapists work together with case managers, social workers, acute care nursing staff, physicians and family members to evaluate a patient’s current condition and determine subsequent level of rehabilitation care.
Therapists help patients gain back their previous functional status as well as refer them to the next appropriate rehabilitative level of care.
“I am so grateful to play a part on the
journey home for our patients. This is truly rewarding!”
Leslie Montgomery, PT, MPT
“I don’t think I’ve ever heard of any person going through nursing school and saying “I want to be a rehab nurse”. It’s just not as “glamorous” or as known of a specialty as mother/baby or ICU…but I can say from experience that it is EVERY BIT as rewarding. We have patients that come back every year on the anniversary of their stroke just to say “thank you for helping me walk again”. We have patients that come on to our unit unable to formulate words, swallow foods, stand up, especially not walk and then after a couple of weeks, intense interdisciplinary therapies, and A LOT of team effort from nursing and therapies, the patient is able to go home and be mostly independent. It never gets old to see a patient and family come into my care on day one hopeless and unsure about the future ahead of them and weeks later to hug them as they get into the car to go home with confidence and certainty that life will go on despite their disability.” – Megan Gray, RN, CRRN
“Family is a priority in my life. Ever since moving to Valdosta I have felt that SGMC is an extended family. I was welcomed here with open arms and this hasn’t changed in the 4 years I have been here.” – Kendra Davilla, MS, OTR/L
“When I did my clinical here back in August, I fell in love with this place. The rehab team was great and made my experience here a great one. I was able to learn a lot. Everyone was so helpful and welcoming and made me want to work here.” – Griffin Martin, PTA
“I have worked in the Rehabilitation Department 19 years. One of the best aspects of working here is that we are truly making a difference in people’s lives. Rehab is a place where you can spend your days working alongside friendly, patient driven, dedicated co-workers. Where every patient becomes a “family member”. There are not enough words to describe the love I have for my job, or my “work family”.” Christy Daugherty, Support Coordinator
“I like being able to see the patients’ journey from needing a lot of assist and not being able to do things to functioning more independently”—Maura Law, MOT
“I’m proud to be a part of SGMC Rehab Services. I’ve spent 10 great years here on the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit. Our team is caring and knowledgeable, helping our patients to improve their function and providing the encouragement and education needed to cope with stressors that illness brings. Every member of the team contributes value to the patient and has one goal in mind- to enable the patient’s safe return home. The dedication of the rehab employees and their genuine concern for our patients and their families continues to impress me year by year. We look beyond their stay on our unit and on to their return home, preparing the patient and family so that their safety and quality of life continues after they leave us. What we do has far reaching impacts for those we care for and we take that very seriously. It makes me so proud that we can bring this level of care to our community.” — Chelsea Tomlinson M.Ed., CCC-SLP
“I enjoy working with everyone on Inpatient Rehab we have a great team. I am very passionate about the patients that I work with and my job is very rewarding to me. I feel that my experiences with my daughter have made me more compassionate and understanding of the patients and families that we serve. I knew this was the unit for me the first day I had a clinical rotation here as a student nurse.” – Penny Thomas, RN
“I love coming to work, I love my co-workers and the way that everyone treats me like family. I love seeing everyone work together to get the patients back to their normal lives” –Alex Bartlett, Rehab Tech