Since 1979, Georgia Highlands Medical Services (GHMS) has been committed to its mission of providing exceptional primary medical care to everyone, regardless of personal circumstance.
Earlier this month Georgia Highlands brought that same commitment and access to medical care to Dawson County.
On April 3 the organization opened the doors of its newest medical center in Dawsonville.
Located at 5959 Hwy 53 East, Suite 100 in the Hightower Office Park, the GHMS Dawsonville Family Health Center will be open to everyone in need of local medical care in the community.
As a community health center, GHMS provides primary care services to insured, uninsured and underinsured adults and children. Care to those in need is provided based on a sliding fee discount based on household income and family size.
The new medical office comes in response to the growing health care needs of the Dawson County community. Services provided include comprehensive family medical care (children to geriatrics), screenings, coverage for emergencies during and after hours, voluntary family planning, immunizations, women's services, pharmacy assistance, care management, eligibility assistance, health education and laboratory.
In 1979, with the help of two Catholic nuns and some tireless community leadership, GHMS was first founded as George E. Wilson Memorial Health Services, Inc. (the Wilson Clinic) to provide health care to the poor, rural community of Forsyth County. Since then, the organization has grown to serve over 15,000 patients across the North Georgia region.
Recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home at the highest level of recognition (Level III), Georgia Highlands Medical Services is a private, non-profit community health center that operates two medical offices in Cumming, a medical office in Canton and another in Cartersville.
Hours of operation are 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. and from 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays.