Lumpkin County will have its own hospital again starting Tuesday, when Northeast Georgia Medical Center Lumpkin opens its doors at the former site of Chestatee Regional Hospital in Dahlonega.
NGMC Lumpkin will offer emergency and inpatient services, as well as imaging, lab and pharmacy report. The hospital, located at 227 Mountain Drive, will open at 7 a.m. Tuesday. The hospital will be staffed by physicians who also serve other NGMC hospitals.
Dr. Donna Whitfield, the hospital’s chief of medical staff, will be returning to the building where she started her career in 1976, the same year Chestatee Regional opened. She was an on-the-job trainee in the emergency room, checking patients in and getting their vital signs.