Gwinnett Medical Center’s Glancy Rehabilitation Center celebrates 30 Years of patient successes

Gwinnett Medical Center’s (GMC) Glancy Rehabilitation Center recently celebrated its 30 year anniversary of offering inpatient and outpatient therapy and transitional fitness to the community.  Founded in October 1988 by the current medical director, Dr. Sunil Bhole, and GMC administration including Thomas Shepherd, executive vice president and system COO, they launched Glancy Rehabilitation so that patients could receive care closer to home.

The facility traces its roots back to a three-room clinic that opened in 1941 to serve the community, by the community.  The Joan Glancy Memorial Clinic evolved into a hospital a few years later.  Then in 1988, when Glancy Rehabilitation first opened its doors, it operated alongside Joan Glancy Memorial Hospital until 2006.  That was the year that GMC-Duluth opened its doors to meet the needs of area growth and to replace Glancy Memorial Hospital. 

“As we began to plan for the new hospital, GMC-Duluth, it was important to identify a service that would preserve the heritage of Joan Glancy Hospital,” said Shepherd.  “Rehabilitation met the needs of the community and was an ideal fit for the existing facility.”

“Initially, we were encouraged and inspired by the history of Glancy and while that’s important today, our rehab facility has developed a reputation of its own that’s one of patient success,” said Dr. Bhole. “We were always committed to meeting patient’s needs and by incorporating new technologies and service expansion, among other strategies, we’ve continued to achieve patient-centered results.”

“I’m encouraged by Gwinnett Medical Center’s commitment to the community,” said Kathryn Willis, longtime Duluth resident.  “Many years ago when they acquired Joan Glancy Memorial Hospital, the leadership understood the relationship between the community and the hospital.  Today, they maintain that same dedication to Duluth by providing patient care and success that’s second to none.”  

As part of the anniversary celebration, leadership unveiled the Hall of Resilience at Glancy Rehabilitation which honors three decades of patient success.  It features three patients, one from each decade.  The patients honored include Floyd Perala, a patient in 1990; Karen Stewart, a patient in 2008; and Bill Barry, a patient in 2017. The Hall of Resilience is designed to encourage current patients and their families during their journey of healing.  

In fiscal year 2018, Glancy Rehabilitation saw approximately 660 patients.  The facility is an acute inpatient physical rehabilitation unit specializing in stroke, traumatic head and orthopedic injuries and other neurological health conditions.  The transitional fitness and outpatient services allow patients to experience a continuity of care in a single environment.


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