The next era of health care for people in Habersham County and surrounding areas is here, as Habersham Medical Center officially became Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Habersham and joined Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) on July 1, 2023.
Kevin Matson, who has been with NGHS since 2000, was recently named vice president of regional hospitals for NGHS. This role includes the day-to-day oversight of NGMC Habersham.
“We’re excited to continue caring for the people of this community – many of whom already know and love NGHS,” Matson said. “We’re growing the greater good one step at a time, but this feels like a pretty big leap.”
Patients can expect their care to remain the same, with the same providers and staff they’ve come to know over the years, as a number of Habersham specialty practices became Northeast Georgia Physicians Group (NGPG) during this transition:
- Habersham Medical Group Internal Medicine and Geriatrics Rural Healthcare Clinic is now NGPG Internal Medicine.
- Habersham OB/GYN is now NGPG OB/GYN.
- Habersham Medical Group Orthopaedics of North Georgia is now NGPG Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine.
- Habersham Medical Group Surgical Services is now NGPG Surgical Associates.
Patients will also get to know some new faces, as NGHS has recruited three additional providers dedicated to NGMC Habersham – general surgeon Joseph Rondina, MD; cardiologist Alan Opsahl, MD; and OB/GYN Amy Howard, MD.
“NGMC Habersham also now uses Epic – the same electronic medical record as other NGHS hospitals and offices,” Matson said. “This should improve their experience and overall care coordination across all locations.”
NGMC Habersham will host a free event to celebrate the transition, called Habersham Jam, on Saturday, July 15 from 6 – 9 p.m. Parking will be available at Piedmont University’s Mize Athletic Center, located at 428 Laurel Ave., Demorest, GA 30535, with a shuttle service running every 15 minutes. Guests will be able to enjoy live music, food, games, touch-a-truck and more.
Visit nghs.com/habersham to learn more.