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HEALTH BRIEFS: Gwinnett rehab director receives award

Gwinnett rehab director receives nursing home company’s divisional President’s Award

The director of rehab services at Life Care Center of Lawrenceville has been recognized by Life Care Centers of America.

Brad Petty received the Eastern Division President’s Award on Monday, Sept. 23. The award is presented for distinguished service in a long-term health care management role.

“Brad has demonstrated professional skill and compassion in dispatching his responsibilities to the associates, residents and families he serves,” Beecher Hunter, Life Care president, said in a news release. “He has uniquely demonstrated a leadership style for others to emulate. This is a distinguished award to receive because it goes to the heart of our mission.”

Life Care operates or manages more than 220 nursing, post-acute and Alzheimer’s centers in 28 states.

Parkinson’s support group meets in Centerville

A support group for individuals with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers is held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. every Wednesday at the Centerville Community Center, 3025 Bethany Church Road in Snellville.

The group is facilitated by longtime Centerville resident John Thompson, who is a Parkinson’s patient.

Today’s group meeting will feature guest speaker Lynn Ross, coordinator for the state of Georgia for the American Parkinson’s Disease Association’s Information and Referral Center.

Gwinnett Tech earns accreditation for associate degree program

Gwinnett Technical College has earned initial accreditation for its cardiovascular technology program.

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs announced Sept. 20 it was awarding the college’s cardiovascular technology associate degree program with initial accreditation. Gwinnett Tech launched the program a year and a half ago, accepting its first students in spring semester 2012.

“We are ecstatic that the program has joined the ranks of other accredited programs in the college,” program director Kristen Buoy said in a news release. “From inception, we have worked to develop a top-notch program. Our primary goal has been to provide the best training and education for our students in the community.”

The accreditation means the program has been reviewed by an outside source and that it is in line with nationally recognized standards of the profession.