BARNES, P. J., MCMILLIAN and REESE, JJ.
Hill appeals from the trial court's order dismissing her
appeal for failure to timely file a transcript for inclusion
in the record on appeal. Because we find that Hill had no
obligation to file a transcript, we reverse.
filed a qui tam suit against Georgia Regents University, the
College of Dental Medicine Faculty Practice ("Faculty
Practice"), MCG Health System, Inc., MCG Health, Inc.,
and the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
Following a hearing, the trial court dismissed her claims
against Faculty Practice, MCG Health System, Inc., and MCG
Health, Inc. in an order dated March 2, 2017. Hill timely
filed a notice of appeal, directing "[t]he Clerk will
please omit nothing pertaining to this action from the record
on appeal[, ]" with no reference to a transcript. The
appellees subsequently moved to dismiss the notice on the
ground that Hill had unreasonably delayed in transmitting a
transcript to the trial court clerk's office, thus
delaying the completion of the appellate record. After the
trial court granted the motion, Hill appealed that order,
arguing that the trial court abused its discretion in
dismissing the notice of appeal because the omitted
transcript was not necessary for appellate review of the
Georgia law, "the trial court may, after notice and
opportunity for hearing, order that the appeal be dismissed
where there has been an unreasonable delay in the filing of
the transcript and it is shown that the delay was inexcusable
and was caused by such party." OCGA § 5-6-48 (c).
Therefore, a trial court "has discretion to dismiss an
appeal for failure to timely file a transcript only
if (1) the delay in filing was unreasonable; and (2) the
failure to timely file was inexcusable in that it was caused
by some act of the party responsible for filing the
transcript." (Citation and punctuation omitted; emphasis
in original.) Allan v. Jefferson Lakeside, L.P., 333
Ga.App. 222, 223 (775 S.E.2d 763) (2015). Accordingly,
"[w]hile the trial court has broad discretion in ruling
on a motion to dismiss under OCGA § 5-6-48 (c), that
discretion is not unlimited and the trial court's
decision may be reversed for abuse of discretion."
(Citation and punctuation omitted.) Mercer v. Munn,
321 Ga.App. 723, 725 (742 S.E.2d 747) (2013).
law specifies the procedure for the inclusion of a transcript
in an appellate record. Under OCGA § 5-6-37, a notice of
appeal "shall state whether or not any transcript of
evidence and proceedings is to be transmitted as a part of
the record on appeal." This provision leaves the choice
of whether to include a transcript in the appellate record to
the appellant. If an appellant desires that a transcript be
made part of the record on appeal, she must say so in her
notice of appeal, have the transcript prepared at her own
expense, and have it filed with the trial court within 30
days of the filing of the notice of appeal, unless she
obtains an extension of time from the trial court. OCGA
§§ 5-6-37; 5-6-39; 5-6-41 (c); 5-6-42.
notice of appeal, however, made no reference to a transcript,
stating only that nothing should be omitted from the record
on appeal. Although the appellees assert that Hill's
failure to reference a transcript in her notice somehow
obligated her to file one within 30 days, the law in Georgia
is to the contrary. Our appellate courts have held that
"[t]he specification that 'nothing' is to be
omitted from the record would not infer that the transcript
is to be included, since the appellant is required to state
whether the transcript will be filed, in addition to
designating any portion of the record to be omitted."
Yetman v. Walsh, 282 Ga.App. 499, 500 (1) (639
S.E.2d 491) (2006). Steadham v. State, 224 Ga. 78,
80 (1) (159 S.E.2d 397) (1968). Rather, appellants may elect
whether to file a transcript of the evidence,  and where they
fail to state whether a transcript will be filed, "the
failure to file such a transcript will not result in a
dismissal of the appeal[.]" Steadman, 224 Ga.
at 80 (1).
because Hill's notice of appeal does not designate a
transcript for inclusion in the appellate record, her failure
to file a transcript cannot be deemed to have caused an
unreasonable delay within the meaning of OCGA § 5-6-48
(c), and the trial court abused its discretion in dismissing
Hill's notice of appeal under that provision.
Accordingly, we reverse that determination.
Hill asserts in her appellate brief that this Court should
proceed to address the merits of the underlying appeal, the
issues raised in that appeal are not before us. Hill's
notice of appeal does not state that she is appealing the
trial court's order dismissing her claims against Faculty
Practice, MCG Health System, Inc., and MCG Health, Inc., and
the parties have not briefed the issues raised by the
dismissal on their merits. Instead, Hill shall have 30 days
from the date of the return of the remittitur in this case in
which to refile her notice of appeal, and upon the filing of
same, the case may be transmitted to this Court for docketing
as a new appeal.
Barnes, P J, and Reese, J, concur
 We note that Hill argued both below
and on appeal that the transcript of the motion hearing is
not necessary for the resolution of the issues raised in her
notice of appeal as the hearing on the appellees' motion