Another NGHS hospital applauded for its emergency cardiac care

Northeast Georgia Medical Center Habersham has been accredited as a Level 3 emergency cardiac care center (ECCC).

“NGMC Habersham is proud to be recognized by the Georgia Department of Public Health as a Level 3 emergency cardiac care center,” said Kevin Matson, vice president of regional hospitals for NGHS. “The accreditation recognizes the hard work of our hospital staff and regional EMS departments to meet the highest standards of patient care. Furthermore, it illustrates the deep commitment of NGHS to elevate the availability and quality of health care we provide to rural communities in our service area.”

NGMC Habersham joins NGMC Gainesville (Level 1), NGMC Braselton (Level 2), NGMC Lumpkin (Level 3) and NGMC Barrow (Level 3) in receiving ECCC designation. 

Hospitals seeking ECCC accreditation undergo a thorough evaluation process, including a site inspection and an assessment of emergency cardiac care processes and equipment. Once these steps are complete, the Georgia Department of Public Health uses a three-level designation system to rank the capabilities of each facility:

  • Level 1 hospitals perform open-heart surgery and interventional cardiac catheterizations.
  • Level 2 hospitals perform interventional cardiac catheterizations.
  • Level 3 hospitals stabilize patients until they are transported to a Level 1 or Level 2 center.