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Gwinnett Medical Center and Partnership Gwinnett Team Up for Heart Disease Awareness


Quarterly health council breakfast addresses risks and tips for combating heart disease

Heart Awareness EventLawrenceville, Ga.—Gwinnett Medical Center and Partnership Gwinnett, the community and economic development initiative led by the Gwinnett Chamber, hosted their first 2011 quarterly health forum series on February 11. The breakfast program, The Hidden Epidemic: Heart Disease in America, drew in more than 225 business and community members.

Highlights from the breakfast event included a number of educational booths in addition to a “Happy Hearts” photo station. Attendees walked away with free heart smart items, including; pedometers, water bottles, heart disease awareness bracelets and heart rate monitor cards. The first 100 registrants also received a free T-shirt upon entry.

The program focused on signs and symptoms of heart disease, including risk factors and healthy behaviors. The event also highlighted local healthy heart resources including: GMC’s Diabetes & Nutrition Education Center, Gwinnett SportsRehab, Center for Neuroscience and the future Heart & Vascular Center.

“In 2011, Partnership Gwinnett looks to further enhance our industry focus on healthcare and life sciences,” said Nick Masino, VP of Economic Development and Partnership Gwinnett at the Gwinnett Chamber. “We anticipate another successful year of programming and fostering of healthcare and life sciences in Gwinnett County with major partners such as Gwinnett Medical Center.”

Heart Awareness EventSearle W. Videlefsky, MD, FACC served as the main speaker for the event. Additional speakers included a testimonial from Judy Waters, Executive Director for Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia, and an open heart update from Jeff Nowlin, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President for GMC. Gwinnett Technical College and Georgia United Credit served as event sponsors along with breakfast sponsor Garden Plaza at Lawrenceville.

About Gwinnett Medical Center
Gwinnett Medical Center is a not-for-profit healthcare network with acute-care hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth that provide award-winning healthcare services. GMC’s 4,300 associates and 800 affiliated physicians serve more than 400,000 patients annually. Follow us at, or

About Partnership Gwinnett Partnership
Gwinnett is Gwinnett’s economic and community development initiative. Led by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and a host of public and private partners, the initiative targets the retention and expansion of existing Gwinnett businesses in addition to the development of new business in five key market segments: Healthcare; Advanced Communications; Information Technology; Trade & Distribution; and Regional/Corporate Headquarters. The ultimate goal is to promote economic wealth & diversification, increase education and work force excellence, improve quality of life and heighten visibility through marketing and outreach programs for the entire Gwinnett community. For additional information on Partnership Gwinnett, visit