NGHS opening new emergency room and building new hospital in Lumpkin County

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LUMPKIN CO., GA

Northeast Georgia Health System announced in February that they were opening an emergency room in Lumpkin County, in the facility that was formerly Chestatee Regional Hospital. The new facility will open July 1, 2019 and will offer emergency services, as well as some inpatient beds, imaging equipment and other services; however, the emergency room will be open temporarily. NGHS is also currently developing plans for a new hospital facility that will be located along GA-400, near the intersection with Hwy 60. It is expected to be designed in the same fashion as the NGHS Braselton hospital, and will be called Northeast Georgia Medical Center Lumpkin, or NGMC Lumpkin for short.

Offering services at the existing hospital site will preserve the Certificate of Need authority to operate a hospital in Lumpkin County, while also meeting the healthcare needs of Lumpkin and surrounding counties. The anticipated open date for the new hospital is 2022, and it will provide emergency services, inpatient medical/surgical care, imaging services and a focus on outpatient surgery.

NGHS President and CEO, Carol Burrell, expressed her excitement over the upcoming changes, “We’re thrilled to share this exciting news, which ensures people in and around Lumpkin County will have local access to the high-quality health care they need for generations to come,” says Carol Burrell, president and CEO of NGHS.  “We appreciate the patience of the community as we’ve worked to create solutions that are high-quality, sustainable, and deliver on our mission to improve the health of the community in all we do.”

NGHS currently leases the former Chestatee Regional Hospital property from The University System of Georgia Board of Regents, so once NGMC Lumpkin is in full operation, the University of North Georgia (UNG) will utilize the former Chestatee Regional Hospital facility for their highly competitive nursing program, as well as other educational purposes. “These positive changes in our local healthcare landscape create exciting opportunities to enhance the way we teach and prepare our students,” says Dr. Bonita Jacobs, president of the University of North Georgia (UNG).  “We look forward to the potential to collaborate with NGHS and other local providers.” Dahlonega resident and former executive director of Lumpkin County’s Development Authority. According to Dahlonega resident, former executive director of Lumpkin County’s Development Authority, and former Georgia Senator, Steve Gooch, “I’ve driven and supported efforts to establish a new hospital in Lumpkin County and expand UNG’s healthcare programs on the Dahlonega campus, in large part because of the role healthcare plays in today’s economics. We’ve all seen the growth and prosperity of a new hospital and associated development can bring, and we look forward to working alongside NGHS to build a better future for our community.”

 

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Car accident in Lumpkin results in fatality

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LUMPKIN CO., GA

A motor-vehicle accident at the intersection of Cleveland Highway and Copper Mines Road, on October 2, has resulted in a fatality, according to reports.

The two vehicle-crash included a black 2004 Toyota Tacoma and a gray 2012 Honda Pilot. The driver of the Tacoma was Austin Durham (19) of Cleveland, GA, and the driver of the Honda Pilot was Dawsonville resident, William Dorris (72). Audie Dorris (59) of Dawsonville, GA, was the right-seat passenger.

In a report released by Georgia State Patrol Sergeant, Casey Coffee, Durham was traveling west in the left eastbound lane of SR 115, and Dorris was traveling east in the left eastbound lane of SR 115, when Durham failed to maintain his lane of travel and was driving on the wrong side of the roadway. According to one source, Durham had fallen asleep while driving home from work when the front of his Tacoma struck Dorris’ Pilot; the area of impact was in the left eastbound lane of SR 115.

After impact, the Tacoma entered an uncontrolled, clockwise rotation, before coming to a stop partially in westbound and eastbound lanes of SR 115, while facing northeast. The Pilot rotated in an uncontrolled, counter-clockwise direction, while it exited the roadway and stopped facing northeast, partially in the westbound lane and north shoulder of SR 115.

Durham was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for treatment of non life-threatening injuries. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and will be charged with: Second Degree Vehicular Homicide, Failure to Maintain Lane, Driving on the Wrong Side of the Roadway, and for not wearing his seat belt.

According to eye witnesses, William and Audie Dorris were life-flighted to NEGMC for treatment of serious injuries; Audie Dorris passed away after arriving at the hospital. Both occupants were wearing their seatbelts.

 

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Fatal car accident on North Bear Whelchel Road in Lumpkin County

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LUMPKIN CO., GA

According to the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, all Southbound lanes on GA 400 near Whelchel Road are closed, due to a single-vehicle accident involving a 1997 Toyota 4Runner, which resulted in two fatalities; a male, age 2 and female, age 4. The wreck occurred on Wednesday evening, August 22.

The children were announced deceased on the scene, as a result of the roll-over accident. The mother, who had recently relocated to Dahlonega, was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center, and the father was notified soon after. The cause of the accident is still under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol, and according to Cpl. J.A. Caldwell, charges are pending until the investigation is complete.

UPDATE: According to an open records arrest report from Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office, Tiffany Grubb, (24), was arrested on August 23, and charged with, so far: reckless driving, (misdemeanor), two counts of DUI-Endangering Child Under 14-years-old while DUI (misdemeanor), failure to maintain lane (misdemeanor),  two counts of safety belts; child passenger restraining system; penalty for violation (misdemeanor), an unspecified warrant, and DUI/alcohol/Less Safe (misdemeanor), driving with a suspended or revoked license (misdemeanor). According to an eye witness, one of the two car seats was located in the trunk of Grubb’s vehicle and was not being used, and the other car seat was not being used properly.

In a statement released by Georgia State Patrol Public Information Office, on Aug. 22, at approximately 8:20 p.m., a 1997 Toyota 4Runner was involved in a crash on SR 400 at Whelchel Road in Lumpkin County. The driver, Tiffany Grubb, age 24 of West Palm Beach, FL, failed to maintain her lane of travel and overturned several times. Her two children, Jah’Ziya Glover, age 4 and De’Jean Glover, age 2, were killed in the crash. Ms. Grubb was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide (1st degree), Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, two counts of endangering a child under 14 while DUI, Reckless Driving, Failure to Maintain Lane and Driving while Suspended.Updates will be provided as soon as they are received.

 

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