Spinal Cord Injury - Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center
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Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center


Spinal Cord Injury

The Spinal Cord Injury Unit (SCIU) at Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center was established in 1981 and with 71 beds is one of the largest centers in the VA System.  The SCIU houses a variety of resources to ensure timely access to care, quality treatment and outstanding services for Veteran and active duty patients. The SCIU has been CARF Accredited since 2000. Any Veteran with a spinal cord injury meeting eligibility requirements for VA healthcare can receive care in the SCI Center.  Veterans with income above the threshold can be assessed for catastrophic disability to establish their eligibility for care.


Programs Offered

Nurses, rehabilitation therapists, social workers, psychologists and physicians/physicians assistants work closely with Veterans, family members, and significant others to ensure coordination of care and communication. Services include but are not limited to:

SCI Inpatient Unit – (1GE/1GF/1H)

  • Acute (non-ICU) Care for New Injuries, including patients who are ventilator dependent
  • Comprehensive Acute Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder Rehabilitation
  • Acute Med-Surg Care for Veterans with Chronic Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder
  • Annual Evaluation/Check-Up Admissions

SCI Outpatient Services (1F100)

  • Urodynamic Studies and Cystoscopes
  • Comprehensive Annual Evaluations
  • Care and Routine Follow Up for Acute Medical Problems
  • SCI Telehealth

Specialty Clinics/Programs

  • Adaptative Sports & Recreation
  • ALS/MS Clinic
  • Aquatics
  • Assistive Technology
  • Driver’s training
  • Homecare
  • Neurorecovery
  • Seating Clinic
  • Spasticity Management
  • Urology
  • Voc Rehab
  • Wound Care


Contact Info


  • 1st floor
    East Side of the Downtown Division Medical Center

Contact Number(s)

  • 706-733-0188 Ext. 3043
  • 706-733-0188 Ext. 3711

Hours of Operation

  • Office: Mon-Fri 8:00-4:30; Physician on call Support 24/7
    SCI Therapy Services Mon-Fri 7:30-4:30, Sat 7:30-11:30