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Northeast Georgia Health System and Lifepoint Rehabilitation Break Ground on New Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility

Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) and Lifepoint Rehabilitation, a business unit of Lifepoint Health, broke ground today on a new inpatient rehabilitation facility in Gainesville, Georgia. Northeast Georgia Rehabilitation Institute is a joint venture partnership between NGHS and Lifepoint Rehabilitation that was announced last year.

With a total of 40 private rooms, the 61,000-square-foot facility will nearly double the patient capacity of the existing 24-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Gainesville. The new facility will feature a designated wing on the second floor for acquired brain injury and stroke patients, as well as a large therapy suite including a gym, private therapy rooms, a cooking therapy room, an activities of daily living therapy apartment and a variety of innovative rehabilitation equipment.

"We’re excited to bring even more services and expanded care close to home for our community," said Kevin Matson, vice president of regional hospitals for NGHS. “This facility represents a significant milestone in our mission to provide exceptional care and support to those in need of rehabilitation services. Northeast Georgia Rehabilitation Institute will be a place where each patient's journey is met with compassion, innovation and a commitment to restoring health and independence.”

Northeast Georgia Rehabilitation Institute will provide intensive nursing, physical, occupational and speech pathology services for adults recovering from conditions such as stroke, neurological disease, brain or spinal cord injury and other debilitating illnesses or injuries. Lifepoint Rehabilitation will manage the day-to-day operations, and all services currently provided at NGMC Gainesville will transition to the freestanding facility.

“We are pleased to begin construction of Northeast Georgia Rehabilitation Institute,” said David Stark, chief operating officer for Lifepoint Rehabilitation. “We know that NGHS shares our commitment to expanding access to critically needed inpatient rehabilitation services for patients in Gainesville and throughout the surrounding region, and we look forward to working alongside their team as we advance our mission of making communities healthier ®.”

Upon completion, Northeast Georgia Rehabilitation Institute will be jointly owned by NGHS and Lifepoint Rehabilitation. It will join Lifepoint Rehabilitation’s growing network of more than 40 inpatient rehabilitation facilities across the country. The hospital is expected to open in 2025 and will serve more than 1,200 patients annually.

About Northeast Georgia Health System

Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) is a non-profit on a mission of improving the health of our community in all we do. Our team cares for more than 1 million people across the region through five hospitals and a variety of outpatient locations. Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) has campuses in Gainesville, Braselton, Winder, Dahlonega and Demorest – with a total of more than 850 beds and more than 1,300 medical staff members representing more than 60 specialties. Learn more at

About Lifepoint Rehabilitation

With more than 40 freestanding inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs), Lifepoint Rehabilitation is a partner of choice for many major hospital systems in the creation of joint venture operations that are industry-leading in clinical and financial outcomes. Through its IRFs and more than 250 hospital-based rehabilitation units, medical/surgical and outpatient therapy settings, Lifepoint Rehabilitation brings proven rehabilitation management and services expertise to help our patients recover and return home quickly from a number of conditions, including strokes, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic injuries, neurological conditions, amputations and trauma. Lifepoint Rehabilitation is a business unit of Brentwood, Tennessee-based Lifepoint Health.

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