North Georgia Medical Center & Gilmer Nursing Home News

June 6, 2016
North Georgia Medical Center Suspends In-patient Hospital Services

North Georgia Medical Center will suspend all hospital services effective at 6:00 P.M., June 6th. 2016. The Gilmer Nursing Home will continue to operate on the same campus as the hospital at its current location. Patients may request a copy of their medical records during the next 90 days. To obtain medical records, please call (706) 276-4741.

Piedmont Mountainside Hospital has agreed to lease and operate the existing emergency department facility of North Georgia Medical Center upon licensing and approval by the Georgia Department of Community Health which is expected to be completed by September 1, 2016 with the Emergency Department re-opening by November 1, 2016. Piedmont Mountainside Hospital will also lease the Medical Offices at North Georgia Medical Center effective July 1, 2016.

Over the past 24 months, NGMC has experienced a major decrease in the number of patients using NGMC and a large increase in charity and indigent care. In the last 10 months, these changes have resulted in substantial financial losses. Many factors have contributed to the demise of NGMC including reduced state and federal government reimbursements, a major decline in commercial insurance patients using NGMC, the reduction of federal and state subsidies for indigent patients, and regulations which have increased costs.

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