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Chattooga Native Named Clinical Manager of New Emergency Department


Matt Carpenter Has Strong Ties to County  

ROME, Ga., Sept. 15, 2023 Matt Carpenter has a reason to be passionate about the car​e that will be provided at the stand-alone emergency department scheduled to open later this fall in Chattooga County.

Carpenter, a registered nurse, is the clinical manager of the facility on U.S. 27 next to Walmart in Trion. His ties to Chattooga County are many. He was born and raised there, attended Trion High School and remains a Chattooga County resident.

“This facility is important to the county, and it's important to me personally," Carpenter said. “My mother and father and son live here. So does my sister. I think about them needing care, and I realize the important role the emergency department will play."

Carpenter also understands the lack of 24-hour emergency care in Chattooga County.

“There is no 24-hour emergency care in this county," Carpenter said. “That means you might have to travel to Floyd Medical Center in Rome or to Chattanooga or Dalton if you need emergency care. That is why this facility is so important to the area."

Carpenter most recently served as a clinical manager of the emergency department at Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton, where he also worked as an ER and ICU nurse. 

He earned a degree in nursing from Dalton State College.

The $18.4 million emergency department will serve residents in Chattooga County and portions of Walker County and northeast Alabama. The facility will include six treatment rooms, an onsite laboratory and imaging services, including X-ray and a computed tomography (CT) scanner.

The 10,884-square-foot facility will also be home to a new mobile mammography unit to ensure more women have convenient access to lifesaving breast cancer screenings.

A helipad will also be located on-site, providing quick access to Floyd Medical Center, the only Level II trauma center in northwest Georgia.

About Atrium Health Floyd

The Atrium Health Floyd family of health care services is a leading medical provider and economic force in northwest Georgia and northeast Alabama. Atrium Health Floyd is part of Charlotte, North Carolina-based Advocate Health, the third-largest nonprofit health system in the United States, created from the combination of Atrium Health and Advocate Aurora Health. Atrium Health Floyd employs more than 3,5 00 teammates who provide care in over 40 medical specialties at three hospitals: Atrium Health Floyd Medical Center – a 304-bed full-service, acute care hospital and regional referral center in Rome, Georgia; Atrium Health Floyd Polk Medical Center in Cedartown, Georgia; and Atrium Health Floyd Cherokee Medical Center in Centre, Alabama; as well as Atrium Health Floyd Medical Center Behavioral Health – a freestanding 53-bed behavioral health facility in Rome – and also primary care and urgent care network locations throughout northwest Georgia and northeast Alabama.

About Advocate Health 

Advocate Health is the third-largest nonprofit integrated health system in the United States – created from the combination of Advocate Aurora Health and Atrium Health. Providing care under the names Advocate Health Care in Illinois, Atrium Health in the Carolinas, Georgia and Alabama, and Aurora Health Care in Wisconsin, Advocate Health is a national leader in clinical innovation, health outcomes, consumer experience and value-based care, with Wake Forest University School of Medicine serving as the academic core of the enterprise. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Advocate Health serves nearly 6 million patients and is engaged in hundreds of clinical trials and research studies. It is nationally recognized for its expertise in cardiology, neurosciences, oncology, pediatrics and rehabilitation, as well as organ transplants, burn treatments and specialized musculoskeletal programs. Advocate Health employs nearly 150,000 team members across 67 hospitals and over 1,000 care locations and offers one of the nation's largest graduate medical education programs with over 2,000 residents and fellows across more than 200 programs. Committed to equitable care for all, Advocate Health provides nearly $5 billion in annual community benefits.