The Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners is working with Northeast Georgia Health System to address a concern created by the closure of Chestatee Regional Hospital. Chestatee has indicated that it will no longer see patients after July 26, which means that all medical emergencies requiring a higher level of care must be transported out of Lumpkin County by our Emergency Services department. This can sometimes be a challenge, especially during daytime hours, due to the additional need for non-emergency transports to doctor’s offices, clinics, etc. When our ambulances are called upon for non-emergency transports, they are made unavailable, often for several hours, and frequently travel out of Lumpkin County, both of which may lead to the need for mutual aid responses from surrounding counties. To help address this concern, the BOC and NGHS are working together to begin staffing an additional county-owned ambulance that will be in service for 12-hour daytime shifts, seven days a week. This is a temporary, 90-day agreement while a more permanent solution is sought. Efforts are being made to begin using the additional ambulance quickly, possibly as soon as August 1.
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