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Gwinnett Medical Center Unveils Heart & Vascular Center Name

12.07.2011

Clyde and Sandra Strickland Donate Generously to Open Heart

Sandra Strickland, Clyde Strickland and Phil WolfeGwinnett Medical Center is pleased to announce the largest total gift in Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation’s history from Clyde and Sandra Strickland. In total the couple has given $3.2 million and in their honor, the hospital’s new Heart & Vascular Center will be named the Strickland Heart Center.

“The significant generosity of the Stricklands helped us realize the vision of advanced and comprehensive cardiovascular services in the Gwinnett community at an accelerated pace,” said Phil Wolfe, president and CEO of Gwinnett Medical Center. “Without their gift, it would have taken much longer to pay for the new Heart & Vascular Center.”

“Clyde and Sandra’s faith informs them of their philanthropy,” said Jason Chandler, president of the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation. “Their deep faith, in combination with life experiences, led the Stricklands to identify the GMC Foundation as the recipient of their gifts, as well as part of future bequests.”

In addition to the naming, GMC officials also announced the current status of the Open Heart Campaign. Based on contributions from 3,750 donors including the Gwinnett community, GMC associates, physicians and auxiliary members, the foundation has raised $9.1 million, exceeding the $8 million goal.

Bartow Morgan and The Brand Banking Company, Wayne and Ann Mason, Cisco, Phil and Mary Jane Wolfe, The Scott Hudgens Family Foundation, Bill and Sherry Russell, John D. and Beverly Stephens, SunTrust Bank, Suzanna’s Kitchen and the late Lawrence & Irene Garrett were also exceptionally instrumental in exceeding the goal.

“We built this facility because the community realized the importance of cardiac services in Gwinnett,” said Dr. Manfred Sandler, GMC’s medical director of cardiology and chairman of the GMC Foundation. “Many community members were inspired by people like the Stricklands, who jumpstarted our campaign with an initial $1 million donation, and we are so grateful for that generosity.”

Several of the Stricklands’ friends and family have been affected by heart problems. Their siblings had to be treated in Atlanta because comprehensive cardiac services were not offered in the north metro area. Many donors had similar stories to share which contributed to the community’s passion for this project.

Based in Lawrenceville, GMC’s new Strickland Heart Center is a 40,000 square-foot facility that houses advanced technology, including state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization labs and operating rooms, providing residents of metro Atlanta access to leading cardiac care professionals. In March of this year, Gwinnett Medical Center began offering percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), which is a formal name for cardiac angioplasty and stenting. In January 2012, Gwinnett Medical Center will launch its open heart surgery program.

About Gwinnett Medical Center
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