State-of-the-art facility built to better serve metro Atlanta

(GWINNETT- METRO ATLANTA) June 23, 2014- Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development celebrates with Gwinnett Medical Center on the opening of its $1.35 Strickland Family Medicine Center, offering a range of treatment options from newborn care to geriatrics, and including maternity care. The facility will create 40 new jobs, five of which will be new resident physicians.

“Through the generosity of Clyde and Sandra Strickland, the Strickland Family Medicine Center increases the scope of services we will offer, impacting our patients, family medicine residents and community,” said Phil Wolfe, president and CEO of Gwinnett Medical Center. “We are leaders in addressing the opportunities in our healthcare system and meeting community needs, and are strongly positioned to drive improvements in quality and care, to the thousands of people we serve.”

The newly built 9,400-square-foot facility is located on Gwinnett Medical Center’s existing campus on Duluth Highway. The center will be used to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the hospital and allow it to remain at the forefront of emerging healthcare technology.

“We are pleased that the Stricklands chose to invest in such a significant way to our community,” stated Gwinnett County Board of Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash. “We are proud that Gwinnett is able to cultivate a strong, educated workforce, creating healthy environment for continued growth and expansion.”

As the primary clinical teaching site for the new Family Medicine Residency Program, the center will provide educational opportunities for residents, medical students, and other allied health professional students. Graduate medical education faculty will work alongside the residents at the family medicine center to provide exceptional patient care.

“The creation of quality jobs is the fundamental goal of economic development,” said Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson. “Today’s opening of the new Strickland Family Medicine Center epitomizes that goal and supports Georgia’s efforts to balance the physician-to-patient ratio so greatly needed for our ever-growing population. We are grateful to Gwinnett Medical for their continued commitment to healthcare in Lawrenceville, Gwinnett and the Metro Atlanta area.”

“The strength of the healthcare industry is a major element in our sustained success as a county,” commented Gwinnett Chamber President and CEO, Dr. Dan Kaufman. “As the Gwinnett Chamber brings all aspects of the community together, it is good to know that healthcare will continue to be a vital industry for economic growth in the community.”

Gwinnett Medical Center is a nationally-recognized, not-for-profit healthcare network with acute-care hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth. Offering cardiovascular, orthopedic and neuroscience specialty care as well as a full continuum of wellness services, GMC’s 4,800 associates and 800 affiliated physicians serve more than 400,000 patients annually.

For more information on Gwinnett Medical Center, please visit www.gwinnettmedicalcenter.org.
For more information or to learn how to get involved in local economic development efforts, please visit gwinnetteconomicdevelopment.com.