hatuge Regional Hospital and Nursing Home located on Main Street in downtown Hiawassee is licensed by the State of Georgia and fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. The hospital has 25 acute care beds and the nursing home can accommodate 112 residents. The hospital is also licensed for swing beds - a nursing home type bed in the hospital setting designed for the temporary care of a hospital patient who no longer needs acute care and is awaiting nursing home placement or convalescing prior to going home.
The hospital has a three-bed Intensive Care Unit staffed by ACLS (advanced cardiac life support) trained physicians and nurses who are equipped and trained in using clot dissolving drugs for heart attack victims.
The Emergency Department at Chatuge Regional is staffed twenty-four hours a day with ACLS trained physicians and nurses. The Physician staff of the Emergency Department is provided by Physician One.
For the ever-increasing demand for outpatient services, the hospital provides specialty clinics that include Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Dermatology, Urology, Orthopedics, and Allergy & Immunology. The hospital, nursing home and clinics are supported by Outpatient Services that employ state-of-the-art technology, which includes Mammography, Ultrasound, CT Scan, Nuclear Medicine, Esophageal Manometry, and Fluoroscopy. Also available for outpatient utilization is the clinical laboratory, which is equipped to provide most laboratory services ordered by our medical staff. The lab also provides pre-employment drug screening.
The Medical Staff at Chatuge Regional is comprised of several board certified Family Practice Physicians, board certified Internal Medicine Specialists, and cardiologists that are in Towns County on a daily basis. The clinic physicians are also board certified.
Emergency Medical Services - Georgia Emergency management of Towns County consists of EMS employees. GEMAs role is to identify hazards in the county, keep the public informed of severe weather, conduct lost person searches, perform high angle rope rescues, and certify rescue members. Various drills are conducted with local hospitals, nursing homes, day care and schools, assisted living homes, and large places of employment during severe weather season.
Due to the large lake area and the recreation it brings, Towns County has a 13-member Dive Team and access to the Sheriff Departments dive boat. Various marinas around the lake also volunteer their boating equipment and facilities in the event of an emergency.
Towns County is very active in the community with education in CPR and First Aid. Safe Kids of Georgia, established by the EMS and community members, educates children and adults on the importance of car seat and seat belt use in automobiles. Programs on bicycle and water safety are also presented. High school students receive education in injury prevention and education.
Towns County Health Department provides many personal health care and environmental services for every member of the family. Patients who are financially eligible can be screened for a discounted charge in those programs with a fee. Some of the services provided are: AIDS testing, Blood Pressure Screening, child Health Exams, Lab services, Dental Clinic for children, Diabetes Screening, Environmental Health Services, Hearing/Vision/Dental Screening, Immunizations, Pap smears, scoliosis Screening, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Tuberculosis Program, the WIC (women, infant, children) program, Womens Health clinic, and Primary Care.
Several agencies in the county, both private and government sponsored, provide Home Health Care on acute and intermittent levels. Please see Healthcare in the Membership Directory section of this Website.