In its first week in Dahlonega, Northeast Georgia Medical Center Lumpkin treated 191 patients.
The hospital opened at 7 a.m. July 16 in the former Chestatee Regional Hospital building on Mountain Drive. Chestatee Regional closed in July 2018.
In the hospital’s first week, 12 patients were admitted to the inpatient unit, and 15 were transferred to other facilities.
John Fisher was the hospital’s fourth patient. Fisher, a roofer based in Dahlonega, was on the job when he was stung by a wasp. He is highly allergic to wasps but realized he didn’t have an EpiPen.
“By the time my boss drove me to the hospital, I was starting to get delirious and my airway was closing,” Fisher said in a statement. “As we pulled up to the doors, we asked some of the people outside if the hospital was even open.”
But the hospital’s staff was able to stabilize Fisher quickly.
“I am so thankful for the excellent care I received,” Fisher said. “These people, this hospital, saved my life.”
NGMC Lumpkin has an emergency department and offers inpatient care, along with imaging, pharmacy and lab services. Emergency services are provided every day, 24 hours a day, by the same physicians that work at the other Northeast Georgia Medical Center locations in Gainesville, Braselton and Winder.
NGMC Lumpkin is located at 227 Mountain Drive in Dahlonega and can be reached at 706-867-4110.