NGMC Lumpkin’s 1st surgery

Kristy Ramsey should soon be walking comfortably on her own two feet after a successful surgery that repaired a meniscus tear in her left knee. Ramsey, 51, was the first surgery patient at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Lumpkin’s new hospital campus which opened earlier this week. Chad Muxlow, an orthopedic surgeon with Northeast Georgia Physicians Group (NGPG), performed the successful procedure. (They are pictured in the accompanying photo.)


“I cannot wait to enjoy days without pain and get back to life,” said Ramsey. “I’m thrilled I was able to have surgery at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Lumpkin, which allowed me to get my surgery scheduled sooner.”

Northeast Georgia Health System moved NGMC Lumpkin from the old Chestatee Regional Hospital building on Mountain Drive to its new home along Georgia 400 earlier this week. Surgery wasn’t offered at that previous location, so the new, 66,000-square-foot building at 495 GA-400 fills that gap for the community.

“We are excited to offer orthopedic surgery to people who live along the 400 corridor,” Dr. Muxlow said. “This new facility makes it easier for anyone in Lumpkin and Dawson Counties, as well as northern Forsyth and Hall Counties, to get access to advanced care and treatments.”

NGMC Lumpkin will soon also offer gynecologic and general surgery options, as the need for those services continues to grow.

“Opening our new hospital campus this week has been a milestone moment, marking the beginning of a new era for health care in Lumpkin County,” said Kevin Matson, vice president of regional hospitals for NGHS. “We’ve already seen a slight uptick in the number of visits to the Emergency Department, and more surgeries are already booked – which are good signs that this community needs our help. We’re here to care for them.”