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Anchor Hospital

5454 Yorktowne Drive, Atlanta, Georgia, 30349
The Anchor Hospital campus of the Southern Crescent Behavioral Health System specializes in treating mental health and substance abuse issues in adults. The facility offers a full continuum of care in a safe and secluded setting, including confidential assessments, detoxification, inpatient treatment, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient services. Led by a psychiatrist or addictionologist, skilled multi-disciplinary teams ensure that each and every patient receives the highest quality care and most current clinical treatments.

Facility Highlights

  • Expressive Therapy
  • Family Sessions
  • Relapse Prevention

Specialization

  • Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

    Also called “shock therapy,” electroconvulsive therapy uses electricity applied to the brain to bring about a seizure that, research shows, can be helpful in overcoming debilitating, treatment-resistant depression.
  • Intensive Outpatient (IOP)

    Patients who undergo intensive outpatient treatment continue to live at home and sometimes go to school or work while participating in a highly structured treatment protocol that is focused on ending substance abuse. Programs vary in terms of how much treatment patients receive, how often and for how long. Some facilities design individualized intensive outpatient treatment programs.

Facility Settings

  • Hospital

Meet the Staff

  • Iqbal Dhanani, M.D.
    Iqbal Dhanani, M.D.Doctor
    Education: M.B.B.S. (M.D. equivalent) 1989, Dow Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan Psychiatric Residency, 1995, Westchester County Medical Center, Vahalla, NY Professional Experience: Anchor Hospital, Atlanta, GA: 1998-Present KY River Community Care, Hazard, KY: 1995-1998, Medical Director 1996-1998 Board Certified: Psychiatry
  • James Fenley, M.D.
    James Fenley, M.D.Doctor
    Education: M.D., 1972, University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN Internal Medicine Residency 1979, Methodist Central Hospital, Memphis, TN Professional Experience: Anchor Hospital, Atlanta, GA: 2001-Present HCA Coliseum Psychiatric Hospital, Macon, GA: 2000-Present Medical Center of Central Georgia, Macon, GA: 1995-Present Charter Behavioral Health Systems, Macon, GA: 1990-2000 Board Certified: American Society of Addiction Medicine American Board of Addiction Medicine

Treatment Center Links

Rehabs 360 Guide

ABOUT ANCHOR HOSPITAL

Anchor Hospital is one of two hospitals operated by Southern Crescent Behavioral Health System in Georgia. The Atlanta facility offers inpatient treatment for adults and adolescents struggling with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. Services include medical detox and specialized care for U.S. military members and veterans.

Of Georgia’s 314 treatment facilities, about one-quarter offer veteran-specific programming, and just 43 (13.7 percent) tailor programming for active duty members. While outpatient programming is available for adults, youth are referred to Crescent Pines in Stockbridge.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

Clients seeking support for substance use disorders undergo an integrated psychiatric evaluation to determine if dual diagnosis treatment is appropriate.

Anchor Hospital employs a 12-step approach at every level of addiction treatment programming. Clients do step-work and attend various psychotherapy and education groups. Treatment also features expressive therapy, including music and art, along with participation in a mirror image program in which Anchor clients interact with clients from Atlanta’s Talbott Recovery who are in more advanced stages of recovery. Families are encouraged to be involved in their loved one’s treatment and planning, according to the Anchor Hospital website.

Outpatient treatment includes a partial hospitalization program (PHP) with supportive housing, an intensive outpatient program (IOP), and aftercare in the form of ongoing outpatient treatment.

Among the treatment modalities practiced in Anchor’s military and vet-specific programs are narrative exposure therapy (NET), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

STAFF CREDENTIALS

According to the facility’s website, treatment teams are led by a psychiatrist or addictionologist. Other staff include certified expressive therapists, nurses, social workers, substance abuse counselors, and psychologists.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

Anchor Hospital has 122 beds. There is currently no further information provided by the facility regarding its living arrangements and related offerings; however, the nine individuals polled by Rehabs.com on distinct aspects of accommodations were fairly critical of two out of three metrics measured.

Cleanliness: 3.75/5
Meals and nutrition: 2.5/5
Exercise and leisure activities: 2/5

One family member expressed concerns with a lack of security, and more than half of 16 alumni complained explicitly about food and/or a dirty facility in reviews submitted to Rehabs.com.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

Of the 16 alumni reviews received by Rehabs.com to date, three were positive, one moderate, and 12 (75 percent) negative. Rude staff was the most common complaint; more than 60 percent of former clients reported feeling ignored or belittled, with limited access to treatment professionals. Countering this were five out of six alumni polled more extensively, who cited staff or therapists as facility strengths.

Staff’s level of training and experience: 3.3/5

Alumni tended to agree on the limited scope of treatment at Anchor Hospital, with one complaining of too much leisure time and too little one-on-one or group therapy. Nevertheless, despite overall critical opinions, most reviewers indicated that their program was at least moderately successful.

Treatment effectiveness: 3.2/5
Counseling options: 2/5
Holistic offerings: 1.2/5

Elsewhere on the internet, alumni offered predominantly negative feedback for Anchor Hospital. On Google, 62 individuals contributed to an average rating of 1.8 out of five stars for the facility. Reviewers agreed with the trends on Rehabs.com. In a representative review, A.F. wrote: “It was dirty. There was no ‘therapist’ as promised.”[1]

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

Ten loved ones submitted reviews to Rehabs.com for Anchor Hospital, only two of whom would recommend the program to others. One-third reported poor communication between the facility and family members. A third also supported alumni complaints of rude or disinterested treatment. However, the three polled specifically on the staff’s level of training and experience awarded four and five stars. A metric measuring family participation garnered ratings of three, four, and five stars.

Family members on Google concurred with most weaknesses cited by Rehabs.com reviewers. Similarly, all six loved ones who submitted reviews for Anchor Hospital to Yelp awarded just one star apiece. Their complaints covered safety concerns, poor communication, and long waits to access treatment.[2]

WHAT STAFF SAY

Feedback from staff members was in line with alumni and loved ones. On Indeed, 31 individuals contributed to an average rating of 2.7 out of five stars. Employees tended to characterize the facility’s setting as chaotic, although several did note that co-workers were helpful. Reviewers also expressed a sense of value in helping clients recover.[3] Fourteen Glassdoor reviews, averaging 1.8 out of five stars, agreed on all points, tending to highlight heavy caseloads and understaffing, making effective treatment difficult.[4]

FINANCING

Anchor Hospital in Atlanta accepts TRICARE, Medicaid, Medicare, and several commercial insurance policies, according to the facility’s website.

CONCLUSION

As reported in the Atlanta Journal Constitution and other regional and national news coverage, a minor patient was raped by another patient at Anchor Hospital in 2017. A lawsuit asserted the assault was due to understaffing and this followed a 2014 Georgia Department of Health and Human Services investigation of insufficient nursing staff coverage. None of the news stories at the time included statements from the facility, nor does the Anchor Hospital website address the issue.

[1] GoogleReviews
[2] https://www.yelp.com/biz/anchor-hospital-atlanta
[3] https://www.indeed.com/cmp/Anchor-Hospital/reviews
[4] https://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/Anchor-Hospital-Reviews-E886521.htm

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