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Gwinnett Medical Center’s New North Tower Opens for Patient Care

10.29.2009

Lawrenceville, GA—Today, Gwinnett Medical Center opens the doors to the new North Tower at the flagship campus in Lawrenceville. The North Tower adds five patient care floors and $13 million of the latest technology to the health system.

“The process began with the opening of Gwinnett Medical Center–Duluth in 2006 and today we reach another milestone in achieving our vision to transform healthcare in our community by opening the North Tower,” said Phil Wolfe, CEO, Gwinnett Medical Center. “The North Tower is more than just a new, high tech building, it is physical evidence of how we are transforming care to a hospitality model.”

The 155-bed, 8-story North Tower is built with the following features:

  • 155 private patient rooms
  • 3 additional surgical suites
  • Natural and indirect lighting in every patient room
  • 99.9% HEPA filtered air in all patient rooms
  • Noise reduction throughout building including double thick walls in patient rooms, additional insulation and white noise in patient rooms
  • Larger elevators and wider doorways
  • Patient rooms that are 1.5 times larger and some of the largest in the region
  • Isolation rooms to aid infection control
  • Windows looking into patient rooms maximize patient visibility and ensure privacy
  • Overhead lifts aide staff in patient transport and reduce patient discomfort
  • Spacious family suites on every floor
  • Nursing stations are designed for optimal efficiency with patient viewpoint monitors, medication rooms and patient supply cabinets

All patient floors are designed with an identical layout and focused to a service line. The floors and service lines are as follows:

  • Floor 4—Center for Pulmonary
  • Floor 5—Center for Cardiology
  • Floor 6—Center for Neuroscience
  • Floor 7—Center for Orthopedics
  • Floor 8—Center for Surgical Services

“All of these features were designed to meet the needs of our three most important customers—physicians, patients and families and visitors,” said Wolfe. “We continue to be able to transform healthcare because our community not only requires it, but also actively supports it with their time, talents and treasure.”

Not only did GMC expand the facility with the North Tower, but a brand new lobby was also added to greet patients and their guests with the highest level of comfort and care. When patients and guests enter the new atrium lobby, they are greeted by a volunteer to assist them. The new lobby also includes a gift shop which is three times the size of the previous shop, patient registration, a separate patient discharge lobby, free wireless internet and a donor wall built to showcase those who helped make the North Tower a reality. The Strickland Chapel and healing garden are available for visitor comfort and personal reflection. Overall, the expansion provides a calming atmosphere where the art of medicine is practiced by a well-trained, competent and caring team of physicians and medical experts.

About Gwinnett Medical Center
Now celebrating the 25th anniversary of its flagship campus, Gwinnett Medical Center is a not-for-profit healthcare network providing award-winning healthcare services to the Gwinnett community and beyond. Campuses in both Duluth and Lawrenceville provide acute care, outpatient services, orthopedic and neuroscience specialty care as well as a full continuum of wellness services. Digital imaging is the standard of care at all GMC facilities including the newest imaging center in north Gwinnett’s Hamilton Mill area. In 2008, GMC’s 4,300 associates and 800 physicians served more than 400,000 patients. Gwinnett Medical Center’s incredible vision for the future is to transform healthcare.