LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga.- Northeast Georgia Health System broke ground on the new Lumpkin County Medical Center on 400 on Jun. 22 at 10:00 a.m.
In attendance were the Board Chair, for NGHS Spence Price, President & CEO for NGHS Carol Burrell, Interim President for NGMC Sonja McLendon, and numerous local officials from Dahlonega and Lumpkin County. There were also elected officials from Dawson and White Counties present for the ceremony.
Senator Steve Gooch and House Repenstative Will Wade came to support the groundbreaking. Lumpkin County Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Chris Dockery along with Gooch, Price, Burrell, and McLendon each delivered remarks for the ceremony.
The new medical center will offer emergency services including 10 treatment rooms, four dedicated observation rooms, positive to negative pressure capability, separate emergency entrance and exit, and CT and X-ray capability. IT will offer surgical services that include three operating rooms, and one procedural suite, and will serve orthopedics, sports medicine, and general surgery.
The rest of the services the new center will offer include, 16 patient rooms (290 sq. ft per room), a visitor zone with a charging station and independent lighting, large bathrooms, and walk-in showers. It will offer inpatient telehealth specialty care including Cardiology, Psychology, Pulmonology, Neurology, and Nephrology. There will also be a cafe and dining area as well as an on-site lab and pharmacy.
There were also current members of the Northeast Georgia Medical Center Lumpkin at the ceremony to celebrate their new hospital. One of those members was the Director of Lumpkin Emergency Department and Inpatient Kay Hall. Hall and Executive Director of Trauma and Emergency Services Angela Gary expressed the staff’s excitement for the new location.
The blessing for the hospital was delivered by Dr. Steve Schofield of Dahlonega United Methodist Church. To view the full ceremony please visit https://www.facebook.com/myNGHS/videos/3092330984413007.
The hospital was officially approved by the County Commissioner in July of 2021. To review that decision visit https://lumpkin.fetchyournews.com/2021/07/21/commissioners-approve-new-hospital/. The hospital is set to open in April of 2024.
Heard above are Dockery’s closing remarks about the hospital.