In 1962 the population of Cherokee County, Georgia was slowly growing at about 25,000 people. That was the year that the R.T. Jones Memorial Hospital opened its doors. The hospital had 62 semi-private rooms and seventeen doctors on staff. But Cherokee County was not to remain a small, remote, North Georgia community. In the decades that followed growth took off, with population increases often passing 50% from one census to the next. The original hospital expanded, the staff grew, but it couldn’t keep up. Today, Cherokee county is home to over a 230,000 people. A new state-of-the-art hospital was necessary, and construction of the new Northside Hospital Cherokee began in the spring of 2015. It opened its door just over two years later, and additional phases of expansion are still underway.