BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Northside Hospital Cherokee is expanding its presence in Fannin County with the opening of an OB/GYN physician practice on the campus of Fannin Regional Hospital.
North Georgia OB/GYN Specialists and Drs. Angela Falany and Michael Hulse began seeing patients May 17 at their new office in the Burns Professional Building, 2855 Old Hwy 5, Suite 110, in Blue Ridge.
The move comes in response to Fannin Regional’s “difficult decision” to discontinue offering inpatient labor and delivery services, as of April 10, 2018.
In a March 19 letter to patients from Appalachian Physicians Group, the sole OB provider in Fannin County, CEO David Sanders said, “we are pleased to announce our affiliation with Northside Hospital Cherokee and North Georgia OB/GYN Specialists to meet the obstetrics and gynecological needs of our patients.”
In 2017, 252 babies were born at Fannin Regional Hospital. Although all inpatient labor and delivery services have been discontinued, the hospital “continues to provide outpatient obstetrical services, inpatient and outpatient gynecological services, and women’s health services,” said Sanders.
Women who are scheduled to deliver will be redirected to other area facilities. Women who arrive at Fannin Regional Hospital in labor will be transferred by ambulance or EMS helicopter to Northside Hospital Cherokee in Canton.
“At Northside Hospital Cherokee, we are committed to providing the highest level of care and support for all mothers and newborns,” said Billy Hayes, CEO, Northside Hospital Cherokee. “The skill and expertise within our beautiful, new Women’s Center in Canton is the same that built Northside’s nationally acclaimed Center in Atlanta.”
More babies are born at Northside Hospital’s Women’s Center in Atlanta than at any other hospital in the United States.
For more than a generation, Northside Hospital has been the comforting, familiar presence for mothers-to-be in Georgia. The health care system offers comprehensive services for mothers, fathers and their babies including pregnancy planning, lactation consultations, baby care and everything in between.
- For more information about the Women’s Center at Northside Hospital Cherokee, visit northside.com/Cherokee-Womens-Center.
- For more information about the physicians and services of North Georgia OB/GYN Specialists, visit northgaobgyn.com.
- For more information about the services available at Fannin Regional Hospital, visit fanninregionalhospital.com.
About Northside Hospital (www.northside.com)
The Northside Hospital health care system is one of Georgia’s leading health care providers with more than 150 locations across the state, including three acute care, state-of-the-art hospitals in Atlanta, Cherokee County and Forsyth County. Northside Hospital leads the U.S. in newborn deliveries and is among the state’s top providers of cancer care and surgical services. Northside has more than 2,800 physicians and 15,000 employees who serve 3 million patient visits annually across a full range of medical services.