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GMC-Duluth unveils new reef exhibit

Special Photo. Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth celebrated its third anniversary Dec. 30 by unveiling a large marine reef exhibit in the lobby.

Special Photo. Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth celebrated its third anniversary Dec. 30 by unveiling a large marine reef exhibit in the lobby.

DULUTH -- Patients can now relax in front of a large marine reef exhibit, as they enter Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth.

The hospital celebrated its third anniversary Dec. 30 by unveiling a large exhibit in the lobby.

The 300-plus gallon marine reef exhibit was donated by The Atlanta Reef Club, SouthEast Aquariums and GMC Stars. The venture cost about $30,000, including cabinetry.

A respiratory therapist at the hospital who is an avid marine reef hobbyist had a hand in the venture.

"With over 18 months in planning and design, this exhibit will grow into a live coral reef exhibit over the years," said Michael Foote, the staffer who is incoming vice president of The Atlanta Reef Club.

The 10-foot-long exhibit was unveiled before a gathering of more than 75 guests.

According to hospital officials, the exhibit is an evolving project. It has fish in it now, but it will continue to grow over the next six months with several additions and sea creatures.

"Gwinnett is very fortunate to have the many kinds of philanthropy and caring throughout Gwinnett Medical Center's facilities and programs," stated Jason Chandler, President of GMC Foundation.