Braselton’s Newest Cancer Center Opens to Patients June 28

Posted: Monday, June 28, 2021

People living in the rapidly growing area surrounding Braselton now have a one-stop destination for expert cancer care. Physicians and leaders from Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC), Longstreet Clinic and Northeast Georgia Physicians Group (NGPG) gathered Thursday afternoon for a ceremonial ribbon cutting to open the new Braselton Cancer Center. 

Pictured from left to right: Loren Funk, Dr. Geoffrey Weidner, Kevin Matson, Dr. Charles Nash, Mimi Collins, Dr. Shravanti Macherla, Dr. Andrew Johnson, Dr. Yamin Sun, Dr. Malay Rao.

Located inside Medical Plaza 1, on the campus of NGMC Braselton, the Braselton Cancer Center now boasts a dedicated entrance and parking for its patients along with an expanded footprint overall.

“This new collaborative space puts our patients’ needs front and center by providing a more cohesive environment with access to both medical oncology/hematology and radiation oncology services within steps of each other,” says Charles Nash III, MD, FACP, medical director of NGMC’s Cancer Services and medical oncologist with Longstreet Clinic.

“We understand how challenging it can be to navigate cancer care,” adds Kevin Matson, vice president of Cancer Services for Northeast Georgia Health System. “Our shared goal is always to create the best possible experience for our cancer patients. From the convenience of a dedicated entrance to the close proximity of services and providers, everything has been designed with patient comfort and healing in mind.”

While patients visiting Medical Plaza 1 could previously visit both Longstreet Clinic’s Medical Oncology and Hematology and Northeast Georgia Physicians Group’s Radiation Oncology, they had to travel to multiple places. Now there are less miles to drive and steps to take. Plus, Longstreet Clinic more than doubled its previous space, adding a larger waiting area and more exam rooms for its patients.

“As the Braselton area continues to grow, this larger space for our patients and providers is crucial,” says Mimi Collins, Longstreet Clinic’s CEO. “The unified space means less logistics for patients to worry about, so they can focus on their health. I’m thrilled with the outcome of this group’s hard work and collaboration – a beautiful new healing space welcoming cancer patients with ease and accessibility.”

Pictured from left to right: Dr. Malay Rao, Dr. Geoffrey Weidner, Dr. Shravanti Macherla, Dr. Yamin Sun, Dr. Andrew Johnson

Through the expertise of 12 medical oncology providers, Longstreet Clinic is dedicated to providing the highest-quality, compassionate medical oncology and hematology care. Longstreet is also one of only seven practices in Georgia to be certified by the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Quality Practice Initiative (QOPI). 

Those clinicians partner with NGPG’s team of seven radiation oncologists, serving three locations across the northeast Georgia area. NGPG plans to add a second linear accelerator to its Braselton space in the future to help meet the growing demands of its patient base.

“The Cancer Center allows opportunity for better collaboration between providers,” adds Malay Rao, MD, NGPG’s primary radiation oncologist in Braselton. “We are literally just steps from each other, so we can more efficiently coordinate patient care and treatment planning without ever leaving the building.”

Longstreet Clinic and NGPG are integral parts of NGMC’s Cancer Services program, which provides care for almost 3,000 new cancer patients each year. NGMC is also an affiliate of Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, which gives people access to closely coordinated treatment plans and access to more than 275 existing therapeutic clinical trials and research projects led by some of the top clinical investigators in the country. Learn more at nghs.com/cancer.

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ABOUT NORTHEAST GEORGIA MEDICAL CENTER

Since 1951, Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) has been on a mission of improving the health of our community in all we do. With hospitals located in Gainesville, Braselton, Winder and Dahlonega, the four NGMC campuses have a total of more than 700 beds and more than 1,100 medical staff members representing more than 50 specialties. NGMC is part of Northeast Georgia Health System, a non-profit that cares for more than 1 million people across more than 18 counties. Learn more at www.nghs.com.