Northeast Georgia Health System Receives $5 Million Gift Commitment For Future Hospice House

Published: Monday, November 15, 2021

GAINESVILLE, Ga. – The Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) Foundation recently received the single largest gift commitment in the organization’s history. Charles and Diane Stephens have pledged a $5 million estate gift to support the construction of the system’s first freestanding hospice house.

            “This gift is a huge milestone for Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC), the Foundation and our community,” said Chris Bray, president and chief development officer for the NGHS Foundation. “This gift means that NGMC will be able to serve even more hospice patients than before in a dedicated facility. Our hospice program has benefited from our community’s generosity for many years, and we are honored to help the Stephenses’ vision come to life in this way.”

            The construction of the hospice facility is projected to total $10 million. In order to break ground, an additional $5 million in commitments are needed. 

“We could not be more grateful to the Stephenses and hope others will join them to make this dream a reality,” said Susan Bennett, executive director for Hospice of NGMC. “A dedicated hospice facility is an identified need in our community, and we’re overjoyed to see it becoming a reality. Many families will benefit from this gift for generations to come.”

            To donate to Hospice of NGMC and help raise the remaining funds needed to break ground on this project, please visit


Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) is a non-profit on a mission of improving the health of our community in all we do. Our team cares for more than 1 million people across the region through four hospitals and a variety of outpatient locations. Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) has campuses in Gainesville, Braselton, Winder and Dahlonega – with a total of more than 700 beds and more than 1,200 medical staff members representing more than 60 specialties. Learn more at