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How NGMC Braselton plans to keep up with South Hall growth
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Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton is starting early plans to expand, including adding floors and space to the emergency department. - photo by Jeff Gill

With more people meaning more patients in fast-growing South Hall, Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton is looking to expand upward and outward.

“We’re looking at the feasibility to add some additional floors to create more capacity for beds and then also expand the emergency department,” hospital president Anthony Williamson said Tuesday, Jan. 25.

“This is not something that’s approved for us to move out on, like the project in Gainesville,” he said, speaking at the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce’s South Hall Business Coalition meeting. “Right now, we’re just looking at … projections, as we know this area is growing so rapidly. There’s a lot of development happening and we want to keep up with it.”

The existing NGMC Braselton campus includes a 206-bed 5-story hospital building — up from 100 beds when it opened in 2015 — and an approximately 114,000-square-foot three-story medical office building, according to Hall County planning documents.

“We’ve outgrown our campus, as it stands today,” Williamson said. “We designed Braselton to always be expanded.”

The emergency department was designed to care for 25,000 patients per year. That number is now 50,000, Williamson said.

A map he displayed for the audience showed an increase in emergency room beds from 23 to 46. Also depicted was an expansion of imaging, lab and pharmacy services, among others.

Williamson also updated plans for a second medical office building, Medical Plaza 2, on the campus, which is off Friendship Road/Ga. 347 west of Old Winder Highway/Ga. 211.

“We will be breaking ground on that probably sometime in the next few weeks,” he said.

The first floor of the 90,000-square-foot building will house a new surgery center. The second and third floors will contain doctor’s offices.