During the holiday season, it’s natural to take stock of the year and to plan for the future. With milestones and awards, opportunities and challenges, our associates, physicians and volunteers at GMC have made this another strong year. Here are some of the year’s highlights:
In 2013 we moved forward with our Graduate Medical Education program, receiving accreditation to bring on our first residents in 2014, and beginning renovations on the space that will become the Strickland Family Medicine Center. We renovated parts of the Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion, and added employed physician practices: Covenant Family Medicine, Groff Family Medicine, Gwinnett Heart Specialists and the CardioVascular Group.
In the past year we expanded cancer care by establishing the Center for Cancer Care and growing our programs. We also created the Office of Research, which is already in the midst of its first study -- an NIH-sponsored clinical trial for stroke evaluating the use of a clot-busting drug delivered via a catheter placed under CT guidance.
And, the Concussion Institute at GMC-Duluth opened, offering best practices in concussion management and treatment. It’s the only concussion-focused center of its kind in the state.
We’ve established the GMC Faith Community Network, which will become fully operational in early 2014. This network will build health, hope and stability in our community through a GMC Faith Community navigator, our Faith Community nurses and liaisons in our local congregations. It offers exciting possibilities to better connect patients with local resources to support their care once they leave the hospital.
As we look to 2014 and beyond, we will continue to position ourselves for the future by growing service lines, expanding our regional presence, developing closer ties with physicians, and providing cost-effective, quality care. And we will accomplish all this while remembering to put the customer first and foremost and making safety part of everything we do.
My best wishes to you and your families this holiday season. GMC is fortunate to have a talented and dedicated team of board members, associates, physicians and volunteers. We’ve accomplished a lot in 2013 and look forward to serving your health needs in 2014.
FACHE, President & CEO
Gwinnett Medical Center