New hospital for NE Ga?

Northside Hospital in Atlanta says it will move forward with plans to build an outpatient surgery center in Braselton, a facility that would service 13 counties in northeast Georgia.

From Northside Hospital…

To improve access to care in the one of the fastest growing areas of Georgia, Northside Hospital today announced it is pursuing an appeal for a state permit for a new outpatient surgery center in Hall County to serve patients from 13 Northeast Georgia counties.

The 22,500 square foot facility would be located within an existing facility on Friendship Road in Braselton. It would have three operating rooms and one endoscopy rooms and would primarily attract patients for outpatient surgical services who traditionally drive to Northside facilities for procedures.

It is preparing for a late December hearing before the state Department of Community Health concerning a Certificate of Need (CON), which is a state permit to open the state-of-the-art surgical facility.

Common services at the ambulatory surgery center would include certain procedures in orthopedics, urology, gastroenterology, general surgery and neurosurgery.

As part of the CON application, the Braselton Specialty Surgical Center has pledged to offer charitable health care services to uninsured or underinsured patients with a program similar to one Northside utilizes in Alpharetta and Woodstock. It would partner with local charity clinics for patient referrals, and physicians would donate surgical services. All related charges would also be waived to patients in need.

Northside pioneered this charitable program in 2012 as a way to help the area’s most vulnerable who need surgical care.

DCH is expected to hold hearings on the CON application for the Braselton Surgical Specialty Center beginning Dec. 21.

The Northside Hospital health care system is one of Georgia’s leading health care providers with five acute-care hospitals in Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Duluth and Lawrenceville and more than 250 outpatient locations across the state. Northside Hospital leads the U.S. in newborn deliveries and is among the state’s top providers of cancer care, sports medicine, cardiovascular and surgical services. For more information, visit: northside.com.

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