Survivor’s Luncheon Celebrates Lives Saved with Advanced Heart and Lung Technology

Published: Tuesday, September 4, 2018

GAINESVILLE, Ga. – Approximately 150 people gathered last Friday for Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s (NGMC’s) ECMO Survivor’s Luncheon to celebrate 30 people who survived severe illnesses or injuries thanks to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO. ECMO is an often life-saving technology that performs the work of the heart and lungs when other forms of therapy, including traditional ventilation, do not work.

“ECMO is truly for the sickest of the sick, and, without it, these patients wouldn’t be here today,” said Dr. Allison Dupont, cardiologist at The Heart Center of NGMC and medical director of the ECMO program at NGMC. “Today’s Survivor’s Luncheon honors our patients who beat the odds thanks to this advanced technology.”

ECMO provides temporary cardiopulmonary support by circulating blood outside of the body, putting in essential oxygen, removing carbon dioxide and rewarming the blood before returning it to the patient’s body – all to enable the patient’s heart and lungs to rest and heal. Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville began offering ECMO in 2016 and is the only hospital in the region that offers this life-saving program.

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Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) is a non-profit on a mission of improving the health of our community in all we do.  Our team cares for more than 800,000 people across the region through three hospitals and a variety of outpatient locations.  Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) has three hospital campuses – NGMC Gainesville, NGMC Braselton and NGMC Barrow – with a total of 713 beds and medical staff members representing more than 50 specialties. Learn more at