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GMC-Duluth celebrates fifth anniversary

DULUTH -- Gwinnett Medical Center celebrated Tuesday the fifth anniversary of its Duluth campus, a half-decade that saw it grow in its role of replacing Joan Glancy Memorial as the area's general acute care hospital.

"We've combined a quiet, healing environment with the latest in digital technology to continually deliver high-quality health care services to the Gwinnett and north Fulton communities," said Lea Bay, GMC-Duluth president. "GMC-Duluth provides residents with health care options and leading physicians in a location closer to home."

Since its opening on Oct. 18, 2006, hospital system spokeswoman Beth Okun said admissions at GMC-Duluth have grown by 68 percent. Outpatient surgery cases grew by 31 percent and imaging procedures increased by 23 percent.

Emergency visits to the hospital at 3620 Howell Ferry Road grew dramatically, from 23,149 in 2006 to more than 35,000 in the last fiscal year.

Over the last five years, the hospital has introduced bariatric surgery, robotic surgery and an advanced interventional radiology unit.

"We are driven to help the community realize their full potential by offering a compendium of care," GMC CEO Phil Wolfe said. "This is further emphasized by GMC-Duluth's strategic, continued growth by adding specialized services."