|Health & Wellness|
The residents of Dahlonega and Lumpkin County enjoy the services of highly skilled healthcare professionals at a variety of accessible and superbly equipped facilities. Combining innovative, comprehensive medical expertise with a compassionate, “hometown” approach to each individual, the healthcare providers of Lumpkin County work constantly to ensure that all residents are offered the highest quality of timely and effective healthcare possible.
Should the need arise, Northeast Georgia Health System (a regional community health system) is a mere half hour away in Gainesville and offers nationally-recognized specialty services such as open heart surgery, cardiac intervention services, comprehensive cancer care and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit. Nearby metropolitan Atlanta offers the untold advantages of internationally renowned surgery and cancer centers, teaching hospitals, and specialized practices.
Ongoing wellness programs are provided by Chestatee Regional Hospital, the Lumpkin County Health Department, and the Continuing Education Center at North Georgia College and State University. The University’s track is open at all times for walking and jogging while active duty and retired military personnel may use the pool, gym and weight room at Camp Frank D. Merrill.
Physical activities and recreational programs abound in Dahlonega and Lumpkin County for we are, as a community, committed to the promotion and maintenance of healthy minds, bodies and spirits.
Chestatee Regional Hospital
Accredited by the Joint Commission (JCAHO), Chestatee Regional Hospital (CRH) is a 49-bed acute care facility located on Crown Mountain in the City of Dahlonega. CRH is fully committed to the preservation and enhancement of human life by providing our community with exceptional, personalized and caring health services.
The hospital offers a physician staffed emergency room 24 hours a day, seven days a week as well as inpatient and outpatient surgical services, orthopedics, general surgery, radiology, MRI, nuclear medicine, pharmacy, lab, five-bed ICU unit, cardiopulmonary services, hospice services, aesthetic and skin cancer care, allergy specialists, pediatrics and adolescent medicine, internal medicine and family practitioners. There is also a pain clinic to assist patients with chronic pain, outpatient physical therapy services and a sleep center to help diagnose and treat a variety of sleep disorders.
CRH is also up to date on technology. All patient records are electronic, and the pharmacy is equipped with the Acu-Dose medication dispenser. Acu-Dose-Rx enables Chestatee Regional Hospital to securely store, accurately capture charges for all medications dispensed, and track all medications administered by type, patient and caregiver. Acu-Dose-Rx is safer, more secure, and offers more accountability, regardless of environment. At the bedside, nurses use handheld scanning devices to verify the accuracy of medications prior to administering them to patients, thereby improving the quality of care.
CRH underwent renovations in 2007. Renovations include a brand new Maternity Services unit, new five-bed ICU, and new medical surgical rooms, which now offer all Med/Surg patients the peace and comfort of a private room during their stay.
Maternity Services was relocated to the third floor of CRH. With three labor and delivery rooms, six post-partum rooms, and a C-section suite, Maternity Services provides expectant mothers with personalized care in spa-like surroundings. Along with magnificent views of the Appalachian Mountains, new mothers will be pampered during their stay. The belief at CRH Maternity Services is not to have a “one way” birthing experience. Mothers can count on the Maternity Services team to help them identify the kind of experience they want.
All inpatients at CRH are offered “Room Service Dining” which enables patients to choose what they want from a menu of comfort foods, which include soups, salads, grilled salmon, and a variety of sandwiches. Patients now get to choose what they want to eat and when they want to eat it. In a hospital, you do not get to make many decisions. Getting the chance to eat what you want to eat is a big plus. Patients call in their order and it is delivered to their room within 45 minutes.
Room Service Dining was implemented with the patients’ well-being in mind. A big part of the recovery process is eating well to regain strength lost during a procedure or illness. CRH's philosophy is that if a patient is eating well, he or she will get better faster and go home quicker. Orders are matched with a patient’s records to make sure selections comply with the patient’s diet (low salt, no sugar, etc.). Staff is available to help patients unable to make orders.
Another new program developed in early 2008 is Inspirations, an intensive outpatient program designed to provide mental health treatment outside of a hospital setting for older adults with mental illness, emotional distress, or behavioral problems: depression, loss of independence, grief, anxiety, and a variety of other emotional stressors. Patients attend the program one to five days per week depending on severity of illness. Services include group therapy sessions, individual therapy, and family therapy. The treatment team consists of a Board Certified Psychiatrist, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Practical Nurse as well as support staff. Transportation to and from the program is provided and a hot, nutritious meal is served at lunch. The goal at Inspirations - Dahlonega is to teach patients life skills that help them achieve and maintain functional independence within the community.
CRH also has two imaging clinics, which include state-of-the-art digital mammography, 3D/4D ultrasound, CT, diagnostic x-rays, and bone density screenings. The Dahlonega Clinic is located on Ansley Drive, and the Dawson Clinic is located behind the North Georgia Premium Outlets in Dawsonville on Lumpkin Campground Road.
Chestatee Regional Hospital is committed to the growing community and as Dahlonega continues to grow, so does the list of active physician staff. New doctors to CRH include Dr. Benjamin Allen, General Surgeon; Dr.Brian Rowan, Orthopaedic Surgeon; Dr. David Conway, Orthopaedic Surgeon; Dr. Leana Karnstedt, Internal Medicine; and Dr. Bob Brown, OB/GYN.
For more information about services at Chestatee Regional Hospital or if you would like a tour of the hospital, please call 706-867-4305 or visit www.chestateeregionalhospital.com.
Northeast Georgia Medical Center
Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC), accredited by The Joint Commission, offers a comprehensive array of healthcare services through two hospital campuses in Gainesville, a main campus on Spring Street and the Lanier Park Campus on White Sulphur Road. The Medical Center offers a staff of more than 400 skilled physicians, many of whom trained at some of the country’s most prestigious medical institutions such as Duke, Harvard and Emory.
The Medical Center’s Cancer Center offers advanced diagnostic technologies including PET/CT and stereotactic breast biopsy. Treatment options include advanced radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and surgery. Participation in national clinical trials affords our patients access to the latest innovations in cancer treatment. On staff at NGMC is a full time gynecologic oncologist, one of only 650 practicing in the U.S. In 2007, the Cancer
NGMC’s cardiac services are ranked number one in Georgia and in the top five percent in the nation by Health Grades, the nation’s leading independent healthcare ratings company. The Chest Pain Center in the emergency department is dedicated to rapidly and accurately determining the cause of chest pain. Diagnosing heart disease takes place in The W.D. Stribling Heart Clinic, which provides a full range of cardiac and vascular testing, including nuclear medicine and a pediatric cardiology clinic. The Ronnie Green Heart Center offers open-heart surgery and cardiac interventions such as angioplasty, stent placement and electrophysiology.
NGMC delivers more than 4,000 babies each year. The new Women and Children’s
In addition to traditional x-ray and CT services, NGMC provides a complete range of imaging services (both inpatient and outpatient), including 3T, open, breast and cardiac MRI, PET/CT, bone densitometry, FDA-accredited mammography, nuclear medicine and fluoroscopy.
The Medical Center’s Bariatric Weight Loss Center provides education and support for patients undergoing gastric bypass or lap-band surgery for morbid obesity, as well as a non-surgical program led by a dietitian certified in adult weight loss.
The Rehabilitation Institute provides physical, speech and occupational therapy to patients who have disabilities due to an accident or injury, stroke, amputation, arthritis or other physical illness. Satellite clinics are located throughout northeast Georgia, including Dahlonega and Dawsonville.
The Wound Healing Center, located at NGMC’s Lanier Park Campus, uses leading-edge techniques to help patients with wounds that are slow to heal or are not healing properly including hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Emergency care is offered at both the main campus and the Lanier Park campus. Treatment of minor illnesses and injuries that don’t require emergency care is offered through Quick Care, which offers extended hours seven days a week. Residents throughout the region can receive primary care from family physicians in their own communities at one of the Medical Center’s many Neighborhood Healthcare Centers (NHC) including the NHCs in Dahlonega and Dawsonville.
Due to the awareness that sleep problems adversely impact overall health, the Medical Center’s Sleep Disorders Center provides sleep evaluations in order to detect and treat conditions such as sleep apnea, insomnia and narcolepsy.
Hospice of Northeast Georgia Medical Center provides compassionate end-of-life care to terminally ill patients in their homes.
NGMC’s occupational health services provide expertise to area employers in order to enhance the health of their employees. The forensic toxicology lab offers work-place drug testing such as pre-employment and worker’s compensation drug screens. Northeast Georgia Health System also offers area companies affordable group health insurance options through Health Partners Plus and Health Partners Community Advantage, insurance products for companies with two or more employees.
For more about services offered close to home at Northeast Georgia Medical Center and Health System, call (770) 531-3840, or visit www.nghs.com.
Lumpkin County Health Department
The Lumpkin County Health department provides certain health services to county residents on a sliding scale fee basis. The clinic offers children’s health services, women’s health services, immunizations, WIC program and sexually transmitted disease screening. The clinic is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-12 noon and 1-5 p.m.
North Georgia College and State University Wellness Center
The Wellness Center is a 5,000 square-foot facility housed in Memorial Hall which features a variety of cardiovascular equipment, strength equipment, weight machines, and resistance training instruments. Fitness programs and services include weight-training clinics, aerobic classes, body composition measurements, and blood pressure monitoring. Non-students may use the facility, including the pool, for $119 a semester by signing up through the Continuing Education office at (706) 864-1918.