Cardiology

Mountain Lakes Medical Center is pleased to offer the cardiology services of Northeast Georgia Heart Center.

The Heart Center at Northeast Georgia Medical Center is the largest cardiovascular practice in Northeast Georgia with board certified and fellowship trained cardiovascular physicians practicing in the areas of Consultative Cardiology, Heart Failure & Transplantation, Electrophysiology, Invasive & Interventional Cardiology and Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging. Many of our physicians hold double board certifications in these subspecialties. We take a comprehensive approach to cardiac and vascular healthcare through state-of-the-art technology and techniques. We have the resources to treat any type of cardiovascular issue a patient could encounter within one group.

Our physicians remain on the forefront of prevention and disease management by our participation in clinical research and trials. We contribute at a global level to the advancement of cardiovascular treatments. We provide unsurpassed experience and leadership, which in turn leads to fewer complications and better outcomes. The physicians at The Heart Center provide a skill-set unmatched in experience, performing more than 5,000 cardiac procedures and consulting more than 30,000 patients each year. This is what makes The Heart Center a physician center of excellence.

Cardiopulmonary Services

The Cardiopulmonary Department at Mountain Lakes Medical Center provides both cardiopulmonary diagnostic studies and respiratory care for inpatients and outpatients with known or suspected pulmonary disease or dysfunction.

Services include:

  • Electrocardiograms (EKGS)
  • Holter Monitor Application and Interpretation
  • 30-Day Event Monitoring
  • Hand Held Nebulizer Treatments
  • Antibiotic Aerosol Treatments
  • Arterial Blood Gases
  • Incentive Spirometry Teaching
  • Flutter/Acapella Teaching
  • Chest Physiotherapy
  • RSV Collection
  • Sputum Induction and Collection
  • Metered-dose Inhaler Teaching with Spacer
  • Pulmonary Function Testing

Smoking cessation counseling and referral resources are also available through the Cardiopulmonary Department. All services are provided by respiratory care practitioners credentialed by the state of Georgia and the National Board of Respiratory Care.

Outpatient services are available 7 days a week from 9AM until 7PM. To schedule cardiopulmonary services, call 706-782-0464. If you have questions regarding cardiopulmonary services, please call 706-782-0412 or 706-782-0491.

Diagnostic & Imaging Services

Mountain Lakes Medical Center’s radiology services include CT, Ultrasound, X-Ray, MRI and Mammography. The experienced and caring screening technologists work together with board certified radiologists to provide a comfortable environment, early detection and in-depth diagnostic images.

If you have any questions about an upcoming procedure, please call us directly at 706-782-0494. For questions regarding MRI, please call 706-782-0770. Most of our outpatient imaging services are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day with a physician order. To schedule an MRI, please dial 706-782-0770. For all other imaging services, please call 706.782.0464 to schedule an appointment.

CT

CT or Computed Axial Tomography, formerly known as a CAT scan, combines x-ray technology with advanced computer technology.

The major benefit of CT is its ability to show internal anatomy in cross-sections, commonly referred to as slices.

The most common analogy used to describe the cross-sectional view is that of a slice out of a loaf of bread. In CT scanning, the slices are very thin millimeter sections capable of revealing tiny abnormalities.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound or Diagnostic Sonography utilizes sound waves to produce images of internal organs and vessels. This information is useful for the diagnosis of a range of pathologies. Every exam is read by a board certified Radiologist and/or Cardiologist. The results are faxed directly to your doctor usually within 24-48 hours of your exam.

  • Abdominal
  • Vascular
  • Echocardiograms
  • OB/GYN
  • Breast
  • Thyroid

Mammography

The best defense against breast cancer is to find it as early as possible, when it is easiest to treat. Preventative measures such as screening mammograms can assist in early response to breast cancer. Screening mammograms are performed on women who do not have any symptoms. If something is found after a screening mammogram, then a diagnostic mammogram and possibly an ultrasound are performed to determine if a lump or other symptom is a sign of breast cancer.

Together, the staff at Mountain Lakes Medical Center and their radiologists are dedicated to ensuring that each patient’s needs, comfort, and health are their primary focus. We strive to be the very best at what we do. Please call 706-782-0494 to schedule your mammogram.

About Mountain Lakes Medical Center’s Open MRI

MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a technology that allows your physician to see inside your body without surgery or potentially harmful ionizing radiation. MRI utilizes a strong magnetic field along with radio waves to produce an image.

What is an Open MRI?

Open MRI technology is designed for patients that are claustrophobic or anxious when placed in a confined place and are sensitive to noises. Unlike closed MRI, Open MRI technology is open on three sides to give you the feeling of unobstructed space in a relaxed atmosphere.

Is there any risk?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging is very safe. There are no health risks associated with the magnetic or the radio waves used by the machine. However, some special circumstances limit the use of a magnetic field. It is important for you to tell us if you have any of the following:

  • Cardiac pacemaker or artificial heart valve
  • Metal plate, pin or other metallic implant
  • Intrauterine device, such as Copper-7
  • Insulin pump or other infusion pump
  • Aneurysm clips
  • Previous gun wound
  • Inner ear implant
  • Metal fragments in your eye or other parts of your body
  • Permanent (tattoo) eyeliner

How long will the exam take?

The length of the exam depends on the type of MRI exam your doctor has ordered. Most exams are completed within 30 to 60 minutes.

How do I get my exam results?

After your exam, a radiologist will review your images and a report will be sent directly to your doctor. Reports are typically available within 24 hours. Your doctor will discuss the results of the exam with you.

How can I schedule an appointment?

Mountain Lakes Medical Center Outpatient Imaging Services is conveniently located in Lakemont, Georgia and is open 5 days a week for appointments. 8:30AM to 4:30PM Monday through Thursday. We can be reached at 706-782-0770.

Emergency Services

If there is an emergency, always call 911.

If you have an accident or illness requiring urgent attention you can take comfort in knowing that your local hospital provides emergency care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Mountain Lakes Medical Center’s team of highly trained, skilled and compassionate physicians, nurses, and support staff care for approximately 6,000 patients each year. Care levels range from walk-in urgent care to multi-system trauma to cardiac care and stabilization.

Why Choose Mountain Lakes Medical Center's Emergency Services?

  • Recently recognized for scoring 100% detection of Myocardial Infarction (heart attack) from the Northeast GA Regional Stemi System, part of NEGA Medical Center
  • We provide Rabun county with an emergency flight operation.
  • The Emergency Department is staffed by a board certified medical doctor 24 hours 7 days a week. The ER physicians are highly trained and skilled in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).
  • The nurse’s at Mountain Lakes Medical Center have certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC)
  • Radiologists are available 24-hours a day to read your tests. This decreases your wait time for diagnostic test results.
  • Easily accessible with designated parking for the ER.
  • Private exam/procedure rooms.
  • We have a commitment to quality patient care and work to keep you as comfortable as possible

Physicians

The Emergency Department is staffed by a licensed physician 24 hours 7 days a week. These highly trained and skilled providers are all trained in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS). They utilize best care practices to provide patients with the quality of service and treatment that we are proud of and that they deserve.

Nursing Team

The nurse’s at Mountain Lakes Medical Center have certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC).

What to expect:

Triage: Every patient seen in the Emergency Room is first evaluated by a nurse, a process we call "triage." The nurse will ask you to briefly describe your illness or injury. She/he will then examine you to determine which division of the Emergency Department is most appropriate for your situation.

Medical Examination: After Triage, you will be directed to a treatment room for an examination by one of Mountain Lake’s physicians.

Registration: Once you examination is complete, you will be registered as an out-patient. A member of our administrative staff will take a couple of minutes to ask you the usual questions – address, employer, insurance plan, friend or relative to notify in the event of further emergency, etc.

Admission to the Hospital: If you need to be admitted, we will contact your primary care physician.

Discharge: Upon discharge, you will be provided instructions by the nurse or physician. If necessary, prescriptions may be sent electronically to be filled at the pharmacy of your choice.

Gastroenterology

Mountain Lakes Medical Center is pleased to offer the gastroenterology services of Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates.

As the premier gastroenterology practice in the southeast, Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates’ physicians offer the knowledge and experience valued by patients who are suffering from digestive problems and liver disease. From the most common stomach ailments to the most serious gastrointestinal issues, our Board Certified specialists are highly skilled in evaluating and treating every type of liver and digestive disorder, as well as the detection and treatment of colon cancer.

Meet Our Providers

R. Carter Davis

Dr. Davis is a specialist in liver diseases and all aspects of gastrointestinal. He has been selected by his peers as the "Best Doctor in Gastroenterology and Liver Disease" in the Southeast twice and been named as one of Atlanta's "top doctors" by Atlanta Magazine five times.

C. Gregory Nesmith

Dr. Nesmith received his medical degree from the University of South Florida School of Medicine. He also previously served as Chief Fellow in Gastroenterology and co-authored research on screening colonoscopies and the liver.

David N. Quinn

Dr. Quinn received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Quinn previously served as Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine and Medical Director of Endoscopy at Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Christopher T. Shaw

Dr. Shaw received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, VA. He served as the chief of gastroenterology at St. Joseph's Hospital for four years and was chairman of St. Joseph's Hospital Department of Medicine for five years

Common conditions we diagnose and treat include:

  • Acid reflux and heartburn
  • Celiac disease
  • Colon cancer
  • Constipation
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Diarrhea
  • Diverticulosis and diverticulitis
  • Gallstones
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Hepatitis
  • Hiatal hernias
  • Intestinal polyps
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Liver disease and dysfunction
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Ulcers

Contact Information

790 North Main Street , Suite 302

Clayton, GA 30525

706-782-7028

9AM-5PM Monday-Friday

Health Information Management

Our health information management department manages data and records generated from each patient's visit to Mountain Lakes Medical Center. The medical information is used to support patient care services, health system reimbursement, and other administrative activities. Our health information management department adheres to stringent standards set by the federal government to ensure that patient-specific information is kept strictly confidential.

To request a copy of your medical record, please call us, 706.782.0405, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 P.M.

Lab

The Laboratory at Mountain Lakes Medical Center is an accredited full service lab offering comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services. Patient convenience is our goal, that’s why our laboratory is available 24 hours a day.

With most results returning in just 2 hours, your doctor can make a faster diagnosis, getting you back on your feet as soon as possible. Additionally, our lab offers complimentary courier services to local physician offices if desired.

To accommodate patients with limited mobility or infants, MLMC has provided an additional laboratory area situated near the front entrance of the hospital.

Services

  • Microbiology
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Transfusion Services
  • Hemtaology
  • Immunology
  • Urinalysis
  • Coagulation

Mountain Lakes Medical Center Laboratory is accredited by the CLIA and Medicaid Services, as well as The Georgia Department of Community Health.

For more information on specific testing needs, please contact the Laboratory Department directly at 706.782.0423 or 706.782.0413.

Mammography

North Shore Convenient Care

Mountain Lakes Medical Center Earns ACR Accreditation

Mountain Lakes Medical Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in mammography as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Mammography is a specific type of imaging test that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

Schedule your mammogram today!

706.782.0464

Our Doctors

  • Ambrous Findley, DO
  • Jeffrey Dowis, MD
  • Giselle Sawyer, PA-C
  • Dennis Horner, NP-C
  • Brittany Arnett, PA-C
  • Monique Kelly, NP-C
  • Anna Ledford, NP-C
  • Stephen Small, NP-C

New Providers

Outpatient Treatment Services

The Outpatient Treatment Center is staffed by licensed nurses, radiology technologists, and respiratory therapists. Every member of our care team is highly trained and experienced in their area of practice.

Scheduling an appointment is quick and easy, simply call 706.782.0464. Our central scheduling department sets up appointments and ensures that we have everything in place when the patient arrives at the Outpatient Treatment Center.

The Outpatient Treatment Center offers patients and their families access to all hospital guest services including free WiFi. Guest may purhcase a cup of coffee, a meal, or a snack in the Internet Cafe and enjoy the internet service on our public computer stations.

To schedule an appointment, please call 706.782.0464. Patient's orders may be faxed to 706.782.0107. Please call to confirm the fax was received.

Our Outpatient Services

  • Antibiotic administration
  • Blood product infusion
  • Central Line Care
  • CT Scans
  • EKGs
  • Echocardiograms
  • Halter Monitors
  • PICC Insertion
  • Injection
  • IV Medications
  • IV Hydrations
  • IVIG Administration
  • Lab draws through central lines
  • Outpatient breathing treatments
  • PFT
  • Outpatient physical therapy services
  • Thoracentesis and Paracentesis
  • MRI

Outpatient Infusion Center

The Outpatient Infusion Center at Mountain Lakes Medical Center provides patients who are in need of IV infusions, long-term antibiotics, blood or platelet transfusions, central line care, and dressing changes with a convenient, close-to-home option.

Our facility boasts a dedicated treatment area filled with all the comforts of home, including recliners, televisions, and a kitchen area. Family members are encouraged to accompany patients. We are open 7am to 7pm Monday through Friday, with hours available Saturday and Sunday as needed.

Why spend your time driving to non-local facilities when you can experience excellent healthcare close to home? You have a choice!

Medications available:

Antibiotics

  • Rocephin
  • Invanz
  • Vancomycin
  • Cubicin
  • Ancef
  • Zosfyn
  • Levaquin
  • Zyvox
  • Gentamicin
  • Tobramycin
  • Ciprofloxacin
  • Flagyl
  • IV Medications
  • IV Hydrations
  • IVIG Administration
  • Lab draws through central lines
  • Outpatient breathing treatments
  • PFT
  • Outpatient physical therapy services
  • Thoracentesis and Paracentesis
  • MRI

Antifungal

  • Diflucan

Antirheumatic Agents

  • Remicade
  • Orencia

Bone Modifying Agents/Biophosphates

  • Prolia
  • Recast

Hematologic Agents/Blood Products

  • Lovenox
  • Albumin
  • Venofer
  • Epogen
  • Feraheme
  • Injectafer
  • Granix
  • Neulasta
  • IVIG
  • IVIG

For more information, please call (706) 782-0464. We look forward to providing you with exceptional care and service.

Pain Management

At the Mountain Lakes Medical Center Pain Management Clinic, we believe every patient deserves compassionate pain care, delivered with respect and dignity. It is our goal to help you return to your normal activity as pain free as possible.

Our pain management care team is led by Dr. Jim Long. Dr. Long received his Medical Degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He completed his residency in Anesthesiology and his fellowship in Pain Management at West Virginia University Medical Center in Morgantown, West Virginia, where he later served as the Pain Clinic Director. Dr. Long is Board Certified in Anesthesiology and Pain Management by the American Board of Anesthesiology.

Common Conditions:

  • Low back pain
  • Muscle and tissue pain
  • Upper back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Acute and chronic pain due to injury
  • Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

Our Treatments:

  • Nerve block therapy
  • Injections
  • Physical therapy referrals
  • Radiology referrals
  • Psychological support
  • Patient education

Physical Therapy

With the addition of Natalie Ellison, DPT, we now offer services 8 hours per day, Monday through Friday. Natalie joins Physical Therapist Jill Henry in providing high quality outpatient physical therapy services to the people of Rabun County.

From fall prevention to post-surgical recovery, the therapists of Mountain Lakes can evaluate and treat any number of conditions. Our precertification specialist will handle all insurance authorizations and scheduling.

To schedule your patient for physical therapy services, simply fax an order to (706)782-0107 or contact Debbie at (706)782-0464.

Providers

At Mountain Lakes Medical Center, we believe everyone deserves to know who their doctor might be, which is why we have put together a list of our providers. Listed below are some of the phsyicians that contribute to patient care at Mountain Lakes. We partner with them and their practices to provide the best care for you!

Medlink Rabun

  • Karen Frank, DO
  • Kimberly Martin, MD
  • 896 Highway 441 South, Clayton, GA 30525
  • Office: 706-782-5991
  • Fax: 706-782-5111

Mountain Medical Specialties

  • A. B. Flick, MD
  • Edward D. Fredrickson, MD, FACP
  • 156 N. Main St., Clayton, GA 30525
  • Phone: 706-782-4799
  • Phone: 706-212-0390
  • Fax: 706-782-0922

Mountain Valley Medical Center

  • Charles R. Pennington, MD
  • 92 Bettys Creek Rd, Dillard, GA 30537
  • Office: 706-746-6571
  • Fax: 706-746-5643

North Georgia Orthopaedics

  • Christopher M Vaughn, MD
  • 58 Big A Rd #101, Toccoa, GA
  • Office: 706-886-9693
  • Fax: 706-886-7843

Tiger Clinic

  • Office: 706-782-3572
  • Fax: 706-782-1255

Swing Bed Care

North Shore Convenient Care

Imagine that you or a loved one have just had surgery or an extensive illness, and are still having difficulty getting out of bed, getting dressed, or walking by yourself.

The Swing Bed Care program, located on the Mountain Lakes Medical Center campus, is an ideal environment for patients to gain functional independence prior to being discharged home. Swing Bed provides a range of services to help patients transition from surgery or illness to home by providing a personalized care plan.

The Mountain Lakes therapy team has over 40 years of experience assisting in these processes, working closely with each patient to restore and maintain strength, endurance, balance, and the skills necessary for the lifestyle they enjoy. Patients are also provided with ongoing physical therapy care and long-term follow-up - all with quick and convenient access to all of the hospital’s resources, saving them time and money. .

Why choose Mountain Lakes Medical Center?

  • On-site Rehab Gym
  • More Personalized Care
  • Nurse to patient ratio is 1:3
  • Average length of stay: 12 days
  • 80% of our Swing Bed patients return home
  • Pet visits Allowed

Our case management is available to discuss the Swing Bed Care program with you or your family members, or to schedule a tour.

Mountain Lakes Medical Center’s Swing Bed Care program is covered by Medicare and most private insurance plans. For more information, please call 706-782-0430 or review the brochure attached below.

Download our brochure here.

Sleep Testing Services

Are you ready to take the first step toward getting a better night’s sleep?

Mountain Lakes Medical Center offers adult sleep testing services to diagnose and treat a spectrum of sleep disorders. Problems such as snoring, insomnia and daytime sleepiness may mean that you, like 20 million other Americans, have a sleep disorder.

Sleep disorders are directly linked to health problems such as heart disease, adult onset diabetes, stroke, ADD in children, and depression. If sleep problems are causing you to have health problems, making you irritable or depressed, or have affected your concentration, see your doctor to determine if sleep testing can provide answers and solutions.

What are some signs that I may need to talk to my doctor?

  • Loud snoring
  • Awakening yourself with your own snoring
  • Waking up not feeling refreshed
  • Waking up with headaches
  • Waking up with the sensation of choking
  • Waking up sweating
  • Sleeping at inappropriate times
  • Sleep walking
  • Talking nightmares
  • Disturbing dreams
  • Sleep related seizures
  • Repeated movement of legs during sleep
  • Impotence
  • Dissatisfaction with the quality of sleep

How would I know if I have a sleep problem?

Significant sleep disorders presently affect approximately 25 percent of the general population. Adults should feel refreshed and ready to face the day after 7.5 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. If you often feel unable to perform throughout the day, this is an indicator of a possible night time problem.

How are sleep disorders diagnosed?

The starting point is a good sleep history obtained by talking with your physician who can order a study for you if appropriate. The most common sleep disorders are diagnosed by having a sleep study done in a controlled environment which is a bedroom-like setting at the hospital. Patients are monitored throughout their normal sleep period, whether that is at night or even during the day for individuals who perhaps routinely work a night shift.

What is a sleep study?

Sleep studies at Mountain Lakes Medical Center monitor all activities that occur during the night in a homelike environment. A sleep technologist attaches small metal discs called electrodes to the head and skin with an adhesive, plus other simple probes to measure breathing, heart rate and the blood’s oxygen level. The technical equipment and technologist are in a nearby room monitoring all activities.

Will my insurance cover a sleep study?

Most insurance companies cover sleep studies and consider them and a valuable diagnostic tool to aid in managing overall health.

How can I schedule a sleep study?

Your primary care physician can schedule a study on your behalf or you may contact Mountain Lakes Medical Center directly at 706.782.0412 for further information.

Social Services

Facing an injury or illness can be a difficult, stressful experience for patients and their families. Mountain Lakes Medical Center social service professionals offer support to patients and their loved ones and provide information about community resources that are available to help individuals meet their social and emotional needs.

Services Include:

  • Discharge planning: helping patients identify and arrange for appropriate services after they leave the hospital
  • Facilitating transfer to rehabilitation of skilled nursing facilities
  • Arranging for home healthcare
  • Referrals for financial support for healthcare services
  • Mental health evaluations
  • Substance abuse assessments
  • Crisis intervention
  • Bereavement support and counseling

For financial counseling, please call 706-782-0433. For all other social services, call Susan Fisher at 706-782-0430.

Surgical Services

Mountain Lakes Medical Center Surgical Services are available to adults and children who are hospitalized for acute medical conditions and who are recovering after surgery. Our team of registered nurses and certified nursing assistants work closely with physicians to provide high-quality, compassionate care to each and every patient.

To schedule an appointment or speak to someone about Mountain Lakes Medical Center Surgical Services, please call (706)-782-0480.