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Local couple donates money for baby transport ventilator

Special Photo From left, Dr. Leslie Leigh; Gwinnett Medical Center CEO Phil Wolfe; Tammy Shumate; Greg Shumate and Dr. Dan Suskin pose in front of a baby transport ventilator the Shumates paid for through a contribution to the GMC Foundation. The ventilator will be used by GMC's neonatal intensive care unit, which houses very sick or premature newborns.

Special Photo From left, Dr. Leslie Leigh; Gwinnett Medical Center CEO Phil Wolfe; Tammy Shumate; Greg Shumate and Dr. Dan Suskin pose in front of a baby transport ventilator the Shumates paid for through a contribution to the GMC Foundation. The ventilator will be used by GMC's neonatal intensive care unit, which houses very sick or premature newborns.

Greg and Tammy Shumate recently made a donation to the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation which funded the hospital's recent addition of a baby transport incubator, which will be used by the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to help care for very sick and premature newborns.

The donation was made in an official ceremony Monday.

"Without this generous gift from the Shumates, GMC would not be able to purchase an additional NICU transport incubator in the near future," GMC Foundation president Jason Chandler said in a statement. "Philanthropy is a way that community members can play a role in saving and enhancing the quality of these precious lives."

The incubator will be the second for the GMC women's pavilion. The hospital is one of only two hospitals located in the Southeast to provide such a transport incubator with a high-frequency ventilator.

"By having a second transport incubator, we will be able to serve a broader patient audience," Cathie Brazell, director of women's and children's services at GMC, said in a statement. "In 2011, we transferred 111 sick babies to and from the women's pavilion. This new equipment will allow us to serve an even greater number."