Community Benefit

Community Health Needs

Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC), with input from the community, completes Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA) every 3 years, with the most recent completed in 2019. NGMC has conducted assessments partnering with the community since the late 90s. Beginning in 2013, federal law requires non-profit hospitals to complete assessments, make the results available to the community and develop implementations plans that the hospital will champion.

Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA)

NGMC’s latest assessment is summarized in the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment Executive Summary.

To review previous reports, please open the “View Reports” link.

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Northeast Georgia Health System provides exceptional care within our hospital walls — but we don’t stop there. Serving the Northeast Georgia region outside of our walls is just as important.

Community Health Needs Assessment

Serving the Northeast Georgia region outside of our walls is important, and the Community Health Needs Assessment is one way we identify how we can best do that, especially when it comes to vulnerable populations.

Partnering to Address Mental Health

NGHS is part of United Way of Hall County’s One Hall Initiative, which is working on multiple fronts to help ensure the community’s mental health needs are addressed. This video highlights an important collaborative with the Gainesville Police Department.

Partnering to Slow COVID-19

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we jumped into action, partnering with our community to ensure everyone had the latest information on the virus and was prepared to help slow the spread.

Partnering to Meet the Needs of the Uninsured

We care for people regardless of their ability to pay and do our best to help people find programs and assistance that best fits their situation. We also partner with area clinics that help care for patients who may not have any other options.

Partnering to Provide EMS in Barrow County

Making sure our communities have quality care available to them in emergencies is crucial. Our partnerships in Barrow County are making that care a reality.

Community Health Data

This interactive dashboard displays data evaluated via NGMC’s Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) by area served. The CHNA vendor, IBM Watson health, created this dashboard for use by healthcare professionals, those affiliated with community-based non-profits, persons in academia, and/or interested citizens. The Community Health data provides a look into health and social factors affecting communities and includes county and zip code health indicators compared to state benchmarks.

To open and view the Community Health Data, you must download the free Tableau Reader. The reader works with Window or Mac operating systems.

NOTICE: Please treat the packaged dashboard as proprietary information. IBM Watson Health applied its proprietary methodologies to data contained within the dashboard. Distribution of the underlying data is restricted to persons with proper data use agreements with IBM Watson Health.

Initiatives and Activities

NGMC is focusing on 5 health priorities and outcome measures as a result of the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment. Read more about the 2020-2022 Implementation Plan

View Reports

For annual updates, read the following CHNA Implementation Plan Progress Reports:

2020-2022 Progress Reports

2017-2019 Progress Reports

Comments or suggestions regarding the hospital’s CHNA or its Implementation Plan are greatly welcomed. Please contact Christy Moore at 770-219-8097 or email her at

Community Benefit Reports

These videos highlight three of NGMC’s community benefit activities – the STEMI Program, Respecting Choices, and the Pastoral Care Program – while also honoring Jeff Thompson and Jason Grady as 2019 GHA Hospital Heroes.

Other Resources

(Page updated on 9/27/2019)