There”s no more important or widely discussed issue than healthcare. And while the national agenda focuses on healthcare reform, here in our community the story is about growth and expansion of services – welcome news for residents. In Gwinnett, we”re served by two major hospitals – Gwinnett Medical Center and Emory Eastside Medical Center. Gwinnett Magazine asked each organization to update us on new developments in patient care, expanded services and what the future of healthcare will look like in Gwinnett.
A Year of Transformations at Gwinnett Medical Center
When Gwinnett Medical Center held the ribbon cutting for the new North Tower on its Lawrenceville campus, 1,000 butterflies were released to commemorate the occasion. The transformation from larva to butterfly is not a comfortable journey, but the end result is magnificent to see.
This is a perfect comparison to the construction of the North Tower over the last couple of years on GMC”s Lawrenceville campus – the final result was definitely worth the wait. GMC”s nationally renowned physicians and medical professionals are now delivering quality care in a facility with the latest technology, which also includes countless amenities for patients and their families.
Just before the North Tower opened, GMC received the good news that the legal hurdles blocking the offering of open heart services had been removed. For GMC leaders, the success of the open heart initiative has been a milestone for the community and one of the most important things to happen in Gwinnett Medical Center”s 25-year history. A strategic alliance with St. Joseph”s Hospital is in place, while GMC has begun to hire clinical staff and is now moving forward to establish an advanced cardiology program in Gwinnett.
At the same time, the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation is well on its way to securing the $8 million campaign goal which will ensure that GMC is able to provide these much-needed services in the coming year.