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Gwinnett Medical Center Partners with Georgia Gwinnett College: The First College Sports Affiliation for GMC

06.25.2012

Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) announced a new partnership between its Sports Medicine Program and Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC) that will provide a high level of care to GGC’s athletes. A member of the University System of Georgia (USG), the GGC Grizzly Athletics program includes men’s baseball, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s softball and men’s and women’s tennis, and was recently accepted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

The team doctor will be Gary Levengood, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at GMC who has worked in the field of sports medicine for more than 20 years and serves as chairperson of the hospital system’s Sports Medicine Committee.

“There is great potential for GGC’s program to excel by bringing in these talented athletes and combining it with great trainers, physicians and resources that it can provide,” said Tim Simmons, manager of GMC’s Sports Medicine Program.

The program will introduce ImPACT (Immediate Post-concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing)and performance training to the GCC athletics department. With ImPACT, it will reduce the chance of follow-up concussions for these students so that they perform at optimum levels athletically and academically.

“We plan to provide new services like Sportsmetrics, an ACL Injury Prevention program that will evaluate and correct potential tears in ligaments in female athletes,” said Simmons.  Young women are two to eight times more likely to suffer from an ACL injury compared to men, and this program can help reduce the risk for GGC’s female athletes.

GMC Certified Athletic Trainer James Williams will provide on-site management for sports medicine at GGC. His experience includes working with the Atlanta Falcons, and at universities such as Indiana State and Auburn. He is now designing the layout of the services, purchasing equipment, supplies and initiating policies and procedures to prepare for the next season with this partnership.

About Gwinnett Medical Center

Recognized by HealthGrades™ as America’s 100 Best Hospitals, Gwinnett Medical Center is a 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 4,200 associates and 800 affiliated physicians serve more than 400,000 patients annually. To learn more about how GMC is transforming healthcare, visit gwinnettmedicalcenter.org or follow us at facebook.com/gwinnettmedical, twitter.com/gwinnettmedical or youtube.com/gwinnettmedical.

About Georgia Gwinnett College

Georgia Gwinnett College is a four-year, accredited liberal arts college that provides access to targeted baccalaureate level degrees that meet the economic development needs of the growing and diverse population of Gwinnett County and the northeast Atlanta metropolitan region. GGC opened its doors in August 2006 as the nation’s first four-year public college founded in the 21st century, and the first four-year public college founded in Georgia in more than 100 years. Georgia Gwinnett produces contributing citizens and future leaders for Georgia and the nation. Its graduates are inspired to contribute to their local, state, national and international communities and are prepared to anticipate and respond effectively to an uncertain and changing world. Visit Georgia Gwinnett College’s Web site at www.ggc.edu.