Walton Rehabilitation Health System
Walton Rehabilitation Health System is an award-winning, non-profit rehabilitation center located in Augusta, Georgia. Founded in 1988, Walton Rehabilitation Health System was the first hospital in the state to offer a full continuum for adult and adolescent patients suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI), and continues to grow and provide treatment to bring progress, independence and hope to TBI patients. Today, Walton Rehabilitation Health System is a leading-edge facility that continues to expand its services to meet the unique needs of its clients.
Walton Rehabilitation Health System is accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC) and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) as a specialty program in brain injury. It has been recognized for its excellence numerous times, receiving the "Communities of Quality Award" from the National Affordable Housing Management Association (NAHMA), the "Magnolia Award" from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and the "Community Leadership Award" from the Georgia Hospital Association. The rehabilitation health system also collaborates with a number of medical schools and surrounding hospitals, including the Medical College of Georgia, MCGHealth, University Health System, the Augusta VA Medical Center, Trinity Hospital, Doctors Hospital of Augusta and Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Healthcare providers at Walton strive to help each patient resume a productive and meaningful life following a brain injury. This is why the center offers an individualized inpatient rehabilitation program that consists of neuropsychology, psychology, cognitive rehab, behavior analysis, support groups, rehabilitation nursing, case management, and physical, occupational and speech therapy.
Walton also provides a specialized continuum of care for brain injury, including outpatient services, a community re-entry program, and assisted and independent living services. Outpatient services consist of physician services, psychology, outpatient support groups, driver's education, vestibular rehabilitation, day treatment programs, tone management services, a wheelchair and equipment clinic, VitalStim therapy to aid in swallowing, pain and headache management, and aquatic therapy in the area's only heated pool.
Walton's community re-entry program helps brain injury survivors who are well enough to leave the hospital but who still need supervised help relearning skills so they can live independently. A team of experts tailors a program based on each client's specific behavioral, cognitive and motor deficits and strengths, with a goal of helping each client improve their abilities to manage everyday living requirements, improve social and behavior skills and return to school or work. In addition, Walton provides affordable and accessible assisted and independent living options for brain injury survivors, with its newest addition being a six-apartment home for brain injury survivors called Walton West Villas.
Andrew Cullen Dennison, MD, is the Medical Program Director of the Brain Injury Program at Walton Rehabilitation Health System. He specializes in treating patients recovering from TBI and strokes. Dr. Dennison is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician who has completed advanced fellowship training in traumatic brain injury. He is also a member of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. He strives to rehabilitate each patient using a number of methods, including the application of the latest discoveries of neuroscience.
In addition to brain injury rehabilitation services, Walton offers a number of adult and adolescent inpatient and outpatient programs for persons recovering from a wide range of temporary and life-changing illnesses and injuries, including strokes, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic, amputee and musculoskeletal injuries, pain and headache. Walton Rehabilitation Health System includes Walton Rehabilitation Hospital, the Walton Pain and Headache Center, Walton Wound Care and Infusion Center, Walton Community Services, Walton Foundation for Independence and is a supporting partner of Walton Options for Independent Living.
To refer a patient with TBI to Walton Rehabilitation Health System, please call (866) 4-WALTON. To find out more about the hospital's TBI program, please visit their website at http://www.wrh.org/brain_injury.cfm.
[Last revision: October 2009]