ER opening delayed again
The opening of the Piedmont Mountainside freestanding emergency department in Ellijay in the former North Georgia Medical Center building has been postponed until “later in February,” according to a news release.
Max Davis, a senior communications specialist in the marketing and external affairs office of Piedmont Health Care in Atlanta, emailed the Times-Courier a “quick list of reasons” that have led to the delay.
“To date, Piedmont Mountainside has completed everything required by the state and CMS (Medicare) and is awaiting prospective dates for inspections,” he wrote in the email received by
the Times-Courier Tuesday morning.
“All other inspections necessary to open have been completed and approved, such as inspections from the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) and local and state fire marshals.”
Davis said a CO, or certificate of occupancy, for the new emergency room was received on Jan. 6.
“Other major milestones we’ve already completed include (the CO), equipment procurement from SunLink and negotiated contracts for physician emergency department coverage,” he continued.
“Construction is complete and medical equipment, such as a 64 Slice-CT scanner, X-ray, pharmacy and laboratory, are being delivered and tested.”
Davis said there will be an open house for the community to see the new emergency department once an opening date is established.
Previously, Piedmont Mountainside Hospital had planned to open the freestanding emergency room at North Georgia Medical (which closed June 6) on Nov. 1 and then Feb. 1.