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New hospital in Braselton seeks employees

POSTED: July 15, 2014 12:06 a.m.

Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton is “on track” to filling 500-600 positions needed to staff the new South Hall hospital, which is set to open next spring, a hospital official said Monday.

Some key positions have been filled already, but the hiring process will continue until a few weeks before the opening, depending on the job, said Robin Daniel, human resources manager for the Braselton hospital.

“We’re taking a phased approach to posting the positions,” she said.

Clinical positions are among those that require the longest lead time, Daniel said.

“Even though they might have been a seasoned nurse, we want them to learn the methodologies that we use, so they may be coming on board now or identifying they’re going to transfer,” she said.

For those employees, the hospital wants to ensure “we have plenty of time to take them carefully through their training process.”

Employees will be working in the 100-bed hospital, going through “dry runs,” before the doors open to patients.

“(Administrators) have full scenarios planned,” Daniel said.

The extra time also is needed to hire replacements for those transferring within the Gainesville-based Northeast Georgia Health System.

The health system had 168 positions posted as of Monday, 37 of them open to the public.

“Our practice is to post internally for 10 days ... then, we post externally,” Daniel said.

The hospital sent out a recent mailer about the Braselton hospital, noting, “We’re hiring now!” and directing those interested to apply online at nghscareers.com.

Also, the mailer notes, more than 35 practices representing more than 25 specialties “are seeing patients now on and around the new hospital’s campus.”

The campus already is home to a medical office building, Medical Plaza 1, which houses an urgent care center, imaging center, endoscopy suite, outpatient lab and therapy services and more than 20 physician offices, according to the NGHS website.

The 500-600 positions that will be filled doesn’t include physicians.

“We’re going to be one medical staff, so the medical staff (in Gainesville) will serve (in Braselton),” NGHS spokeswoman Melissa Tymchuk said. “But we still need more physicians to serve both campuses.”

The range of jobs will vary widely at the new hospital, from nursing to plant operations.

“We will have pretty much the full scope of (medical) services there,” Daniel said, citing surgery as one example.

“We’ll also have pastoral care, volunteer services, nutrition, environmental services, materials management, so there’ll be plenty of nonclinical positions as well.”

Daniel herself is one of the new hospital’s early hires. She accepted the job in February, moving from a compensation analyst job at NGHS. Previously, she worked as human resources director at Northridge Medical Center in Commerce.

Her new job is challenging but “very exciting,” even with so many people left to hire, she said.

Meanwhile, construction work is ongoing at the hospital, which is off Ga. 347 near Ga. 211/Old Winder Highway.\

Rudy Lonergan, the hospital’s facilities development director, has said that by late July, all the exterior finishes and roof will be complete.

A new four and six-lane stretch of Ga. 347 between Spout Springs Road and Ga. 211, running in front of the hospital, was finished in June.


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