Clyde and Sandra Strickland, pictured here, have made a $1 million donation to Gwinnett Medical Center designated for its family medicine residency education. (Special Photo)
LAWRENCEVILLE — Gwinnett Medical Center has received a $1 million gift designated for family medicine residency education.
The donation was made by Lawrenceville residents Clyde and Sandra Strickland, and the hospital’s new family medicine teaching facility will be named the Strickland Family Medicine Center in their honor.
“The noticeable shortage of family medicine doctors in the state and the county touches the community and the economy,” Clyde Strickland said. “This new family medicine center will further Gwinnett’s viability by attracting skilled medical talent while improving the community’s overall health through increased individualized care.”
The new 9,400-square-foot facility will be located at 665 Duluth Highway, across the street from the GMC’s Lawrenceville campus. It will include 10 exam rooms, with two rooms that will be equipped for procedures. According to the hospital, a range of treatment options will be available at the family medicine center, from newborn care to geriatrics, including maternity care.
“In the challenging healthcare environment, the Strickland Family Medicine Center offers families access to medical care from trusted physicians who can meet all their needs in one location,” said Phil Wolfe, president and CEO of Gwinnett Medical Center. “As a community hospital, GMC is able to further its mission of accessibility through the humbling generosity of Clyde and Sandra Strickland.”
As the primary clinical teaching site for the new Family Medicine Residency Program, the center will provide educational opportunities for residents, medical students and other allied health professional students. Graduate medical education faculty will work alongside the residents at the family medical center to provide exceptional patient care.
“The Stricklands have given us the opportunity to develop a state-of-the-art family medicine teaching facility that will help us transform the health of Gwinnett County,” said Kevin Johnson, GMC’s residency program director.
The new facility is scheduled to open in the spring.
“Our gift is about helping the community by offering an additional medical resource that’s close to home,” Sandra Strickland said. “We are hopeful that this medical center will help address one of our greatest needs — healthcare.”
The Stricklands also donated $1 million toward the hospital’s heart and vascular center, which is also named in their honor.