Master Facility Plan Update

December 30, 2008

Below is a recent article by Dane Henry, VP of Support Services on the status of some of the facilities under construction.

There has been much progress on our facilities under construction, and there is much to report in this update:

Medical Plaza 1 in Braselton Now Open – Medical Plaza 1 is now open at River Place in Braselton, the 119-acre campus that is the future home of Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton. What’s in Medical Plaza 1?

  • Urgent Care Braselton – Now Open
  • HealthLink Lab Braselton – Now Open
  • The Braselton Clinic internal medicine practice – opening Oct. 2008
  • Advantage Sports Medicine, office of Dr. John Buchanan – opening Nov. 2008
  • The Rehabilitation Institute in Braselton – opening Nov. 2008
  • The Imaging Center Braselton – opening Feb. 2009

Other Physicians Locating to Medical Plaza 1:


  • John Frontera, MD, neurologist – seeing patients Fall 2008
  • Allergy and Asthma Care Center – opening Jan. 2009
  • Gwinnett Dermatology – opening Jan. 2009
  • Northeast Georgia Plastic Surgery Associates – opening date to be determined

Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s (NGMC) South Entrance Now Open – The South Entrance (formerly known as the main entrance) is now open, complete with a new canopy, stone accents and new finishes and landscaping. The grade has been changed so that the doors open at street level; patients and visitors are no longer required to climb stairs to enter the front door. The lobby inside the south entrance has been renovated and includes a new stairwell and elevator down to Walters Auditorium.

Women & Children’s Pavilion at NGMC Opening November 2008 – The Women & Children’s Pavilion opens to patients in November 2008. The Pavilion includes 18 new labor, delivery and recovery (LDR) rooms, eight dedicated antepartum rooms, four c-section suites and an all new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The NICU is three times the size of the existing NICU and increases capacity from 13 to 26 beds, each of which is housed in an individual room. Renovation of the existing Mother/Baby rooms is underway, and after the opening of the new Pavilion, the existing 16 LDR’s will be modified into Mother/Baby rooms.

Medical Park 1 on Jesse Jewell in Gainesville – Medical Park 1 construction is progressing, and that building is on track to open in Spring 2009. This three-story medical office building is adjacent to the existing Imaging Center on Jesse Jewell Parkway, which will relocate to the first floor of the new building once construction is complete.

North Patient Tower at NGMC – At this time, we have more construction workers and crews inside the North Patient Tower (NPT) than ever before. They are installing ceiling grid, finishing drywall, painting and installing sheet flooring and cabinetry. This seven-story tower is on track to also open in Spring 2009.

Important to physicians is the fact that the lower level of the new parking deck in front of the NPT is now open for physician parking, with a convenient entrance to the hospital near the Medical Staff Services office.