NGMC Barrow and Braselton earn accreditation for pain and addiction care

Published: Thursday, August 24, 2023

Patients who need emergency pain and addiction care now have another reason to trust Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC). NGMC Barrow and Braselton recently joined NGMC Gainesville and Lumpkin in earning accreditation by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) in Pain and Addiction Care in the Emergency Department (PACED).  

PACED 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. NGMC Gainesville and Lumpkin became the first hospitals in the state to receive the recognition in May, making Barrow and Braselton the third and fourth hospitals in the state to achieve the national accreditation. NGMC Gainesville and Braselton achieved Gold Level PACED accreditation, and NGMC Barrow and Lumpkin achieved Silver Level. 

“We are honored to receive this recognition,” said Angela Gary, executive director of trauma and emergency services at NGMC. “Our entire team is fully committed to providing exceptional pain and addiction care in the emergency department. It is a privilege to be recognized with this national distinction.” 

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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 1,300 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