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Firefighters to recognize Breast Cancer

From October 1st-9th, Gainesville and Hall County Firefighters will be wearing pink T-shirts to in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The two fire departments together sold almost 1,000 shirts, netting $2,000 for the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation.

NE Georgia Medical Center to be able to Offer Clinical Pastorial Training

Atlanta, GA--  Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) has recently been granted Provisional Candidacy Accreditation as an Institutional Sponsored Center with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE).  NGMC has offered Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) since 2000 and has served as a clinical placement site for students under the accreditation of another institution prior to its recent accreditation.

NGMC will now be able to offer clinical training to area clergy under its own accreditation.  “We are very proud to have received this accreditation,” says Jeff Thompson, chaplain and director of the Clinical Pastoral Education Program at NGMC.  “NGMC is currently the only hospital in the North Georgia area and only the second hospital in Georgia, outside the Atlanta area, accredited to offer CPE.”

The ACPE is a multicultural, multi-faith organization devoted to providing education and improving the quality of ministry and pastoral c

GA Supreme Court OKs Building of New Hospital in Hall County

Gainesville, GA--  (AP) The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the Northeast Georgia Medical Center's plan to build a hospital in south Hall County.

The court gave its approval on Tuesday for the facility planned for Braselton.

The Georgia Department of Community Health approved the plan in 2007. Barrow Regional Medical Center appealed the approval twice before the Barrow County Superior Court ruled in its favor. The Barrow center argued the new hospital's location would jeopardize its facility.

Northeast Georgia Medical Center officials say they'll have to consider econonic conditions and other factors before they proceed.

An attorney representing the Barrow center says officials there are disappointed but that the growth of their facility gives them confidence in the future.