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Country music singer tours hospital before peforming locally

Jayne Culp, director of cardiology at Gwinnett Medical Center, explains to Ricky Lee and Clyde Strickland how technology helps treat patients in the cardiac cath lab.

Jayne Culp, director of cardiology at Gwinnett Medical Center, explains to Ricky Lee and Clyde Strickland how technology helps treat patients in the cardiac cath lab.

LAWRENCEVILLE — Country music singer/songwriter Ricky Lee and Clyde Strickland, local philanthropist and Gwinnett county resident, toured the Strickland Heart Center at Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville. During their visit, they toured a number of areas including the cardiovascular surgical suites, cardiac catheterization labs and recovery suites.

Lee, a country music artist known for his support of U.S. servicemen and women, will perform Friday night at a fundraising event benefitting the patients of the Hope Clinic, who are primarily uninsured and Medicare patients. The concert will be held at Lawrenceville First United Methodist Church and organizers anticipate about 400 in attendance.

On Saturday, Lee will perform at the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation’s annual gala at the Gwinnett Center, honoring individuals or corporations who have given $1,000 or more over a one-year period. At that event, guests will hear Marcus Luttrell, a former Navy SEAL whose real-life story of survival is portrayed in the movie “Lone Survivor” speak.

“I’m blown away with the technology at GMC that’s used to preserve human life,” Lee said. “Furthermore, I’m inspired by people like Clyde who is on a mission to help his brothers and sisters through his humbling generosity and knowledge.”

Strickland, whose family’s name adorns the Strickland Heart Center and the Strickland Family Medical Center, said he was happy to show Lee around.

“Ricky has a special appreciation for community and we wanted him to fully understand the relationship between the community and GMC and how the hospital meets their needs,” Strickland said.

Lee and Strickland met through their mutual support of made in America initiatives. Lee, a Pennsylvania native, is currently touring with the Made In America Tour. Strickland is an executive producer for a locally made documentary, “American Made Movie,” that examines the decline of America’s manufacturing sector.