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GMC Foundation Launches Campaign to Support Open Heart Program


Today, the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation announced that fundraising for the campaign supporting an open heart surgical program is 70% complete; $5.6 million has been raised out of the projected $8 million goal. The campaign began in earnest after Gwinnett Medical Center’s Open Heart is in Your Hands effort to support bringing advanced cardiac services to Gwinnett yielded more than 1,000 letters of support from members of the community and helped the hospital secure approval for the program from the Department of Community Health. Donations will be used to build additional surgical suites and accompanying facilities required to operate the open heart program, anticipated to begin in 2011.

“The people of this community made their voices heard loud and clear in supporting our efforts to bring this critical healthcare service to Gwinnett County,” said Jason Chandler, GMC Foundation President. The Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation is now focused on making this program a reality as quickly as possible. That means we’re working with the community to raise philanthropic support in order to create a world-class open heart program at Gwinnett Medical Center. Once again, open heart is in your hands.”

As soon as GMC began the process of bringing open heart services to Gwinnett, Philanthropic support played a leading role. Clyde and Sandra Strickland of Lawrenceville stepped forward with a generous $1 million donation for open heart.  

It takes $25 of revenue to generate one dollar on the bottom line for reinvestment in new equipment and facilities. Philanthropy is the most efficient way to add to the hospital’s bottom line. Every dollar generated through contributed income goes directly to the bottom line. Those contributions can be applied much more quickly to fund programs and expand services to better serve our community.

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The Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation has been serving Gwinnett County since 1990. Individuals, businesses and foundations have donated funds to ensure that Gwinnett Medical Center can provide the best healthcare to every patient we serve. Those interested in making a donation to support the program can do so in a number of ways. For further information on the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation, please visit our Web site at or call 678-312-8500.
About Gwinnett Medical Center
Gwinnett Medical Center is a not-for-profit healthcare network providing high quality facilities and services to Gwinnett and the surrounding community. With over 4,300 employees and 800 physicians, the GMC provided care in 2008 to over 400,000 patients.  Gwinnett Medical Center has an incredible vision for the future: Project PATH—to plan, advance and transform healthcare in Gwinnett County.