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UGH Receives Emergency Cardiac Care Center Designation


Union General Hospital continues to provide the latest in life-saving heart care by receiving the designation as a Level III Emergency Cardiac Care Center (ECCC). This new designation from the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) means that when you or someone you know has a heart attack, you can trust Union General Hospital to provide fast and effective treatment.

“Receiving the ECCC designation is an extraordinary achievement for our team,” says Wesley Rogers, Union General EMS Director. “We’re so thankful to be able to provide our local communities this level of superior care.”

Healthcare organizations seeking ECCC designation by the Georgia DPH undergo a thorough evaluation process, including a site inspection and an assessment of emergency cardiac care processes and equipment.

Cardiovascular disease is responsible for approximately 2,300 deaths each day in America. To improve these outcomes, legislation was signed into law in 2017 establishing the Office of Cardiac Care within the Georgia Department of Public Health. The mission of this office is to improve survival rates in Georgia from out-of-hospital cardiac arrests and heart attacks through quality improvement, benchmarking and evidence-based guidelines, supported by standardized data collection and reporting system. Hospitals who comply with the Emergency Care Center criteria and protocols are assigned designated levels.

In a letter sent to Union General Hospital, Georgia Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey said, “The Department applauds Union General Hospital for this achievement and appreciates the contributions that you make to the health and well-being of Georgians, as well as to those visiting our state.”

For more information on Union General Hospital, visit or call (706) 745-2111.



Union General Hospital is a 45-bed, non-profit healthcare facility located in the beautiful mountains of Northeast Georgia. Recognized for their outstanding efforts, Union General received both Chest Pain Center Accreditation and Advanced Heart Failure Accreditation from the American College of Cardiology. Union General was also one of only three hospitals in the state of Georgia to receive a five-star quality rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The hospital’s commitment to provide the most sophisticated and compassionate care is making them the first choice provider of comprehensive medical care in their region. Union General is an affiliate of Union General Health System, which owns and operates 20 facilities within the Tri-State area.  For more information, visit