DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Lumpkin County will hold a major celebration Saturday when Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) officially opens in the old Chestatee Hospital facility.
State Sen. Steve Gooch (R-Dahlonega) called the opening “a very significant development considering the health care crisis in the country.”
Chestatee Hospital closed one year ago, leaving NGMC in Gainesville as one of the closest emergency rooms. But NGMC executives stepped up to the plate and purchased the facility following a due diligence study.
Northteast Georgia Health System has been interested in Lumpkin County for years. In 2015, the system purchased 57 acres in the county at the intersection of Ga. 400 and Hwy. 60 for a future complex
“This is something we have worked on for years and I can’t think of a better group I would rather have to run this hospital than Northeast Georgia Medical Center,” Gooch said. “It is also very important to economic development in the area. One of the first questions any major company will ask when moving into the area is ‘where is the closest hospital.’”
To celebrate the occasion NGMC is hosting a family-friendly event on Saturday from 5 – 8 p.m. at 227 Mountain Drive. There will be entertainment provided by Curtis Jones & Primal Roots, food, a touch-a-truck contest, corn hole games, coloring stations and hospital tours.
General public parking is available at UNG Convocation Center (Alumni Drive). Shuttles will provide transportation to and from the event. Disabled parking is available on-site.
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