Health: Atrium Health Floyd’s freestanding emergency medical center proposal in Chattooga County gets OK from state.

Health: Atrium Health Floyd’s freestanding emergency medical center proposal in Chattooga County gets OK from state.

The photo is of a similar facility as what is planned near Walmart in Trion.

 

From a media release: The Georgia Department of Community Health has approved Atrium Health Floyd’s plans to create a freestanding emergency department that will provide 24/7 emergency care to residents of Summerville, Trion, Lyerly, Menlo and surrounding communities. The project could take up to a year to complete.

Atrium submitted the request last fall, after identifying the need to provide around-the-clock emergency care to these rural communities. Georgia requires health care organizations to obtain a Certificate of Need before expanding some services or building new facilities. Community Health approved the CON on Wednesday.

The office will be next to Walmart on U.S. 27. This will provide convenient and easy access to residents traveling from any point in the county. The facility will provide emergency care services 24/7 and include six treatment rooms along with onsite laboratory and imaging services, including x-ray and a computed tomography (CT) scanner.

It represents an $18.4 million investment in Chattooga County and the creation of 44 jobs in the county. It is Atrium’s first free-standing emergency center in Georgia; the company has seven in North Carolina. The company has an option to purchase the 26 acres where the facility will be built.

“We are elated that the Department of Community Health has given us approval to proceed with this important rural health project, and we are grateful for the community support we have received,” said Atrium Health Floyd President and CEO Kurt Stuenkel. He thanked local government leaders for help in making it happen.

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