Gwinnett residents chosen as scholars

Three Gwinnett residents, Lisa Giles (Snellville), Stephanie Morton (Snellville) and Lynne Sycamore (Duluth), have been selected as three of 12 participants in the inaugural Piedmont Scholar program. The program is a new partnership between Piedmont Hospital and Mercer University meant to increase the number of nursing graduates in the Atlanta area given the recent shortage.

Phones for sight

Your old cell phone could help someone see and hear better. Georgia Lions Lighthouse collects old cell phones, sells them to an electronic recycling company and uses the money to help Georgians in need pay for eye surgery, glasses or hearing aids. Donations can be made at 3645 Lenora Church Road,

Snellville.

Sports medicine facility in Snellville

Opening Jan. 7, the new 2,800-square-foot sports medicine facility will be located at 2220 Wisteria Drive. This will be the second children's facility in Gwinnett County to offer sports medicine services. The new location will provide comprehensive medical and orthopedic services for student-athletes at the elite, collegiate, high school and middle school levels. This will be the seventh metro-Atlanta location for the Children's Sports Medicine Program, which treats nearly 3,000 patients annually.

Animal-assisted therapy offered at Medical Center

Animal-assisted therapy is now offered to Gwinnett Medical Center patients through a partnership with Atlanta Therapaws, a nonprofit organization. Animal assisted activities are used to provide social, emotional, motivational and recreational benefits to patients. Commonly known as the "visiting dog" program, medical results have included lowered blood pressure, relief of anxiety and increased relaxation. Patients are also allowed to have visits from their own pets with physician approval.

- From wire reports