Georgia hospital to close next month

Chestatee Regional Hospital in Dahlonega, Ga., will close July 27, and a local urgent care center is expanding its hours to help care for patients in the community, according to The Gainesville Times.

On March 30, Gainesville-based Northeast Georgia Health System announced it reached a conditional agreement with DL Investment Holdings to buy Chestatee Regional Hospital. Under the agreement, the current owner would close Chestatee Regional and sell the property to NGHS. NGHS then intends to sell the property to the Georgia Board of Regents.

According to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice filed with the state, the hospital closure will affect 141 employees.

To prepare for an influx of patients due to the closure, Urgent Care Dahlonega is expanding its hours of operation beginning July 1.

"We anticipate seeing more people coming in for care after work and when accidents happen later in the evening, and our staff is prepared to care for them," said Tammy Soles, administrative director of Urgent Care Dahlonega.

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