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Medical Plaza B opening today at Braselton hospital campus
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Juan Sanchez, an installer with Atlanta Flooring and Design, glues a cove base to one of the walls. Construction workers, installers, janitors, medical center employees and more were working on last-minute preparation for Medical Plaza B’s opening day. - photo by Erin O. Smith

New digs

These practices are moving into Medical Plaza B at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton:

Today

• Northeast Georgia Physicians Group Surgical Associates

• NGPG Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, Vascular Center, Neurosurgery, Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgeons, Interventional Pain Medicine and Neurology

• Cornerstone Surgery of Braselton

• Northeast Georgia Medical Center neurophysiology services

Jan. 19

•The Heart Center of Northeast Georgia Medical Center

•NGMC cardiac testing lab

The first wave of physician offices will open today at Medical Plaza B, but emergency, inpatient and other services in the adjoining Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton will be on hold until at least April.

Ten specialty practices and services are slated to start business in the five-story, 113,000-square-foot medical office building off Ga. 347, one mile west of Ga. 211.

Additional services are set to open Jan. 19, including The Heart Center of Northeast Georgia Medical Center and the hospital’s cardiac testing lab.

Meanwhile, officials said the long-awaited 100-bed hospital may open past April 1 as earlier hoped.

“All kinds of things have come into play, so (officials) are questioning that at the moment,” said Beth Downs, spokeswoman at the Braselton hospital.

In the meantime, she added, “We’re trying very hard (so) that people don’t get confused and think the hospital is open.”

Anthony Williamson, Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton president, said Medical Plaza B marks another milestone in Gainesville-based Northeast Georgia Health System’s efforts to provide health care closer to home for residents of Braselton and surrounding communities.

“While the hospital will not open until later in the spring, as our staff trains and readies the new facility to provide inpatient care, we wanted to open several new physician offices ... to begin to orient the community and our practices to the new facilities,” he said.

“This will allow our patients and visitors to become familiar with the campus, learn where to park and begin enjoying amenities like the new café.”

Many of the practices moving to Medical Plaza B are coming from nearby Medical Plaza 1 or Thompson Mill Medical Offices.

Plaza B and Plaza 1 are on the same 119-acre campus, with plans calling for an eventual Medical Plaza 2. The hospital serves as the campus’ A building, and there are plans for C and D buildings, Downs said.

Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton construction “is essentially complete, though the contractor will work through small items on the punch list into February,” Williamson has said.

The next few months will be spent on moving furniture, installing equipment, testing technology and processes, and training staff, among other tasks, he said.

The hospital will have some 800 positions, up significantly from earlier estimates.

As of Thursday, it still was recruiting for the 386 positions.

Applications are being accepted online at nghscareers.com, and the health system is planning job fairs through March.

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