NGMC Barrow and Gainesville earn national awards for emergency care

Published: Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Patients in Gainesville and Winder can trust they’re receiving the best, most comprehensive care at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) when they need it most – in an emergency. NGMC Barrow and NGMC Gainesville are some of the first hospitals in the state to be awarded the 2023 Lantern Award by the Emergency Nurses Association.

 “We are honored to have our emergency care team recognized as among the best in the country,” said Angela Gary, executive director of trauma and emergency services at NGMC. “It’s wonderful to have the hard work and dedication of our physicians, staff, and leadership team recognized, but that’s not why they do what they do. They bring their best every day because they want every patient to recover quickly and return home, happy and healthy.”

The Lantern Award recognizes emergency departments that demonstrate exceptional and innovative performance in leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research.

In addition, the emergency departments at NGMC Gainesville and NGMC Lumpkin were recently accredited by the American College of Emergency Physicians in Pain and Addiction Care. This accreditation recognizes emergency departments with a comprehensive program to provide optimal care for patients suffering from pain and/or addiction using progressive treatment, protocols, training and resources.

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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, 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