First baby delivered at NGMC Habersham

Published: Friday, July 7, 2023

A historic moment was celebrated Monday, July 3, 2023, when the first baby was born at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Habersham. Weighing 7 pounds, 14 ounces, Maddie Kate Littrell was delivered at 10:38 a.m. to parents Katy and David Littrell of Tiger, Georgia, in Rabun County.

Just three short days after Habersham Medical Center joined Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS), Dr. Thomas Hatchett delivered Maddie by cesarean section.

“Maddie’s birth was a very special moment not just for her family but also for all of us at NGMC Habersham,” said Dr. Hatchett. “Habersham Medical Center has cared for this community and those in the surrounding area for 70 years, and I’m proud to be a part of this new chapter. Katy and Maddie are just two of many patients who will benefit from the support NGHS has committed to NGMC Habersham.”

Seven years ago, Katy delivered her son at Habersham Medical Center. Despite the need to transfer him to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at NGMC Gainesville, Katy knew she wanted to return to the hospital in Habersham for delivery this time.

“Several people asked me why I wasn’t going to deliver in Gainesville, but I was adamant that I wanted to be close to home and deliver in Habersham,” said Katy. “I didn’t want to be an hour away and I wanted to be somewhere familiar. Dr. Hatchett reassured me that the transition to NGHS wouldn’t change the fact that they had a great deal of experience and would take excellent care of me, so we scheduled the C-section for this Monday. Thankfully, we didn’t need the NICU this time.”

Having previously been a nurse at Habersham Medical Center, Katy could tell a difference in the atmosphere at NGMC Habersham.

“The staff were so very attentive,” said Katy. “They remembered that my first delivery was not easy and took extra care every step along the way, making sure that I knew the change was ‘just a computer system change’ for them. It was a wonderful experience and I’m so glad we have such a great hospital nearby.”

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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, Dahlonega and Demorest, the five NGMC campuses have a total of more than 850 beds and more than 1,200 medical staff members representing more than 60 specialties. NGMC is part of Northeast Georgia Health System, a non-profit that cares for more than one million people across more than 19 counties. Learn more at