Toccoa Clinic Extends Letter of Intent With Northeast Georgia Physicians Group

Published: Friday, June 24, 2016

TOCCOA, Ga. – Toccoa Clinic Medical Associates (The Toccoa Clinic) has extended its letter of intent (LOI) with Northeast Georgia Physicians Group (NGPG) to continue exploring opportunities for formal alignment.  NGPG is the multi-specialty physicians group of Northeast Georgia Health System – the parent organization of Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC), with campuses in Gainesville and Braselton.

“We still believe it to be in the best interest of both groups to explore a potential partnership as the healthcare landscape continues to change across the region, state and nation,” says David Yates, MD, president of The Toccoa Clinic.  “Healthcare is a personalized service that greatly improves when providers collaborate and coordinate across the entire spectrum of the patient experience.  Being aligned with a strong regional partner is a natural evolution of that collaborative spirit, and it puts us in better position to focus on quality as we care for people close to home.”   

 “We already share care of mutual patients in the region, mutual goals of providing high quality care that’s easy to access and a mutual history of serving this region,” adds Antonio Rios, MD, chief physician executive of NGPG.  “It makes sense to continue investigating ways to combine our regional strengths and better position each of us for success.”

The letter of intent provides a controlled framework to perform due diligence and identify opportunities to improve clinical coordination and efficiencies between the two organizations during the next several months.  A target timeframe for alignment between the two organizations is fall 2016.

“We are pleased to continue exploring a potential partnership with NGPG and more formal affiliation with NGHS,” says Yates.  “We are excited about what the future may hold for both organizations, our community and the people we serve.”



Toccoa Clinic Medical Associates is a large multi-specialty practice based in Stephens County that provides primary and specialty care to a large portion of Northeast Georgia through its offices in Toccoa, Lavonia, Clayton, Clarkesville and Demorest.  The practice is made up of 44 physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and midwives representing 12 medical specialties.  In addition, we offer a wide scope of on-site services including cardiac diagnostic testing, imaging, Coumadin care and lab services.  For more information, visit


Northeast Georgia Physicians Group (NGPG) brings together more than 250 talented physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, midwives and other clinical staff representing more than 20 specialties at more than 50 locations across North Georgia.  Learn more at

NGPG is affiliated with Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS), which serves more than 800,000 people in more than 13 counties across the region.  As part of NGHS, patients of NGPG have a direct connection to Northeast Georgia Medical Center – Georgia’s #1 Hospital (CareChex®).  Learn more at