Georgia Heart Institute welcomes nurse practitioner, expands services in Habersham

Published: Thursday, May 16, 2024

Heart patients in Habersham County now have even more full-time heart care available close to home. Georgia native Kelly Greene, FNP-C, recently began seeing patients full time at the Georgia Heart Institute location in Demorest. In addition, Georgia Heart Institute, Northeast Georgia Health System’s (NGHS) comprehensive heart and vascular service line, has expanded the types of cardiac testing and care available at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Habersham.

Greene earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree — the highest level of education in the nursing field — from Liberty University. She brings more than 20 years of nursing experience to Georgia Heart Institute, having previously cared for patients in family medicine, urgent care, emergency department, cardiac catheterization lab and inpatient settings.

“As someone with a family history of heart disease, I’m passionate about preventing and treating cardiac conditions,” Greene said. “I’ve spent the last several years in North Carolina, but I’m excited to be back in my home state to care for patients in this community.”

Cardiac diagnostic testing and treatments now available at NGMC Habersham include cardiac stress testing and cardioversion (a procedure to restore the heart’s normal rhythm). NGMC Habersham was also recently designated a Level 3 emergency cardiac care center, recognizing the fast and effective level of care patients receive at the hospital in Demorest.

“We’re excited to welcome Kelly Greene, an experienced and skilled nurse practitioner, to our Demorest location,” said Alan Opsahl, MD, a non-invasive cardiologist at Georgia Heart Institute in Demorest. “Georgia Heart Institute is committed to improving the availability and quality of cardiovascular medicine in rural communities like Habersham County so that our patients can access these services closer to home.”

Georgia Heart Institute is located at 638 Historic U.S. 441, Suite B, in Demorest. Find more information at, or call 770-534-2020 to schedule an appointment.

About NGMC

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

About Georgia Heart Institute

Georgia Heart Institute is the most forward-thinking heart and vascular program in the state and includes one of the largest cardiology practices in the region, including more than 80 practitioners seeing patients at more than a dozen locations. With a multi-disciplinary team of experts treating nearly every type of heart and vascular disease and participating in leading national research, we’re providing advanced care that ensures lasting heart health for generations. Request an appointment and learn more at

The experts of Georgia Heart Institute also form the core of the cardiac care team at Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s five hospitals in Gainesville, Braselton, Winder, Dahlonega and Demorest. It’s all part of Northeast Georgia Health System, a non-profit which serves more than 1 million people across the region. Learn more at