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Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton Celebrates First Anniversary

Published on April 01, 2016

The opening of Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Braselton on April 1, 2015, marked a historical moment for Northeast Georgia Health System as well as the state of Georgia.  As the state's first net-new hospital in almost 20 years, NGMC Braselton brought the award-winning services of the State’s #1 hospital to many who needed access closer to home.

“We’re honored to provide advanced medical and surgical services, as well as emergency services, for the communities surrounding Greater Braselton during the past year,” says Anthony Williamson, president of NGMC Braselton. “The volume of patients utilizing our new facility has surpassed our initial projections, proving there was a real need for health care services in this community."

During the past year, more than 30,000 patients received care in the Emergency Department; more than 4,100 patients stayed in one of the hospital’s inpatient units; and more than 3,200 surgical procedures were performed.  Both inpatient and outpatient cardiology services were also highly anticipated in Braselton.  Since April 1, 2015, more than 26,000 cardiovascular tests and procedures have been performed at NGMC Braselton. 

The first year at NGMC Braselton also saw the start of construction on the first expansion project for the hospital.  Just one month after opening its doors, NGMC Braselton began a $16 million project to add a labor and delivery unit.  Set to open in October 2016, the unit will include 10 labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum (LDRP) suites; two c-section suites; and a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

"We have celebrated a variety of milestones during this year,” says Mike Skobba, chief nursing officer at NGMC Braselton. “Visits to our emergency department exceeded expectations, prompting us to triple the number of providers and increase our staff.  The newest da Vinci Robotic Surgical System was added to our surgical unit, and new infusion services were launched so that patients needing daily infusion of medications or blood products could receive care with minimal travel."

Additional growth included the addition of a connector bridge in August 2015, connecting the Main and West portions of the NGMC Braselton campus.  In November 2015, radiation therapy services began in Medical Plaza 1 on the NGMC Braselton campus, completing the continuum of cancer care close to home for area patients. 

"Congratulations and thank you to the more than 750 staff members and 100 physicians who continue to work so hard to provide quality, compassionate care to each and every person who walks through our doors,” says Williamson.  “But above all, we offer our deepest gratitude to the patients who have chosen NGMC Braselton as their preferred provider for healthcare services and to the surrounding communities who have welcomed us so warmly."

For more information about NGMC Braselton – including maps, directions and services provided on the campus – visit www.nghs.com/braselton.

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ABOUT NORTHEAST GEORGIA MEDICAL CENTER BRASELTON

Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Braselton is the state’s newest hospital, that’s not a replacement or relocation, in almost 20 years.  NGMC Braselton brings services modeled around the programs of excellence at NGMC Gainesville – Georgia's #1 Hospital (CareChex®) – to the Greater Braselton community.  These include advanced surgical and medical care, emergency services, heart and vascular services, orthopedics, cancer treatment and neurosciences.

Along with, NGMC Gainesville, the two hospitals share 657 beds and a medical staff of 600 physicians representing more than 50 specialties.  Both hospitals are part of Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS), a non-profit that cares for more than 800,000 people in more than 13 counties, with a mission of improving the health of our community in all we do.  Learn more at www.nghs.com/braselton.
 

The First Year – By the Numbers

  • 750 staff members
  • 100 providers
  • 30,000 visits to the Emergency Department
  • 26,000 cardiovascular tests and procedures
  • 4,300 visits to Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • 3,500 surgeries and procedures
  • 170 surgeries with the daVinci robotic surgical system
  • 4,100 inpatient stays
  • 165,000 customers at Café 1400
  • 40,000 meals for hospital patients 
  • 2,500 radiation therapy treatments
  • 1,600 units of blood transfused
  • 33,300 imaging procedures
  • 205 volunteers providing 16,000 hours of service
  • 325 attendees at NGMC Braselton’s inaugural Love Light Celebration
  • A vast original art collection featuring more than 60 local artists
  • 104 classes and events held to provide community education and wellness attracting more than 7,000 people
  • $300,159 raised to benefit The Medical Center Foundation’s NGMC Braselton Inaugural Campaign for a total of more than $2.2 million raised to-date.  
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