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Healthcare Committee

Transportation Forum

The Chamber's Healthcare Committee recently hosted a forum on behavioral health with specialists in the field. (L-R): Adam J. Raulerson, Laurelwood; Vanessa Schaeffer, Psy.D.; Cindy Levi, Avita Community Partners; Kit Dunlap, Greater Hall Chamber; Kenneth Goolsby, MD; Dr. David Miller, Brenau University.

Nearly 200 people attended the Chamber's Annual Transportation Forum at the University of North Georgia Gainesville Campus (L-R): Srikanth Yamala, Director, Gainesville-Hall County MPO; Brian Rochester, Rochester & Associates (co-sponsor); David Voyles, Pinnacle Bank (co-sponsor); Kit Dunlap, Greater Hall Chamber, Terry Evans, Pinnacle Bank; Brent Cook, District 1 Engineer, Georgia Department of Transportation.

Georgia's Top Rated Hospital

Over 1,000 Attend Job Fair

Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC)continues to receive top state and national rankings for quality care and recently rated Georgia’s #1 Heart Hospital for 12 consecutive years, according to a study by an independent healthcare quality rating service. The 2017 Hospital Quality Ratings study by CareChex includes virtually all U.S. hospitals (general, acute, non-federal) and measures them across several categories including quality of medical care, outcomes of care and patient satisfaction. The study rates NGMC as:

April 4, 2017 • Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce

• Georgia’s #1 Heart Hospital (2006 – 2017) • Georgia’s #1 Pulmonary Care Hospital • Georgia’s #1 Hospital for Women’s Health • Top 9% in the Nation for Cancer Care • Top 10% in the Nation for Pneumonia Care, Stroke Care and Surgical Care


Northeast Georgia Health System cares for more than 800,000 people across the region through three hospitals and a variety of outpatient locations. Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) has three hospital campuses – NGMC Gainesville, NGMC Braselton and NGMC Barrow – with a total of 713 beds and medical staff members representing more than 50 specialties.

SCORE Chapter's year of success Last April, volunteers Robert Horne, Kurt Schuler, Charles White, Bill Sanders and Chamber Project Manager Amanda Lewis met with Art Slotkin, Georgia District Director for SCORE. Formed in 1964, SCORE is a non-profit volunteer organization and a resource partner of the SBA. SCORE is America’s premier source of free and confidential small business mentoring and advice service. Art Slotkin saw the commitment for a new chapter when Bill Sanders, Gainesville District Manager for Jackson EMC, offered an office, phone and use of a meeting room. The Northeast Georgia SCORE Chapter was formed! In this first year, the Chapter has recruited 25 volunteers to support the needs of our small business community, have served over 100 clients and led over 200 mentoring sessions. Meet SCORE volunteers at the Chamber's Lunch 'n Learn on April 19 at Sterling on the Lake. For more information, call 770-538-2522, or visit

The Chamber's Job Fair in March drew over 1,000 job seekers. Over 65 employers were on hand and hiring for hundreds of positions. The event was presented by Express Employment Professionals. (L-R): Heather Tyner, Express Employment Professionals; Kit Dunlap, Greater Hall Chamber; Mark Butler, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Labor; Tim and Hollie Christy, Express Employment Professionals. David Phillips and Athenee Pollard of King's Hawaiian (Gold Sponsor) were hiring on-site at the Job Fair. The event was coordinated by Lanier Technical College, the Gainesville Area Employers Committee and Georgia Department of Labor. Other Job Fair sponsors included Etcon Employment Solutions (Platinum Sponsor) and Spherion Staffing Services (Silver). Goods & Services: Highland Mountain Water, McDonald’s, McGarity’s, Milton Martin Honda, Panera Bread, Signs by Tomorrow. Media Sponsors: AccessWDUN and The Times.


Business Link; Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce; April Business Link Gainesville GA

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