GGC + GMC – A prescription for success

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One community partner making a multi-faceted difference for GGC and its students is Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC), which recently made a significant commitment of $180,000 annually in support of the college’s new baccalaureate nursing program.

Gwinnett Medical Center guests at new Allied Health and Sciences building
Guests from Gwinnett Medical Center recently toured GGC’s Interactive Clinical Learning Center in the new Allied Health and Sciences building. The bays along the walls will support hospital beds and equipment for instruction. Shown are Stas Preczewski, president; Renée Byrd-Lewis, vice president for Advancement; Steve Nadeau, GMC senior vice president – Human Resources; Thomas Shepherd, Gwinnett Hospital System executive vice president and chief operating officer and president, GMC-Lawrenceville; Carol Danielson, GMC senior vice president and chief nursing officer; Phil Wolfe, GMC president and chief executive officer; Diane White, dean of the School of Health Sciences; Tommy McBride, GMC executive vice president and chief financial officer, and Lois C. Richardson, acting senior vice president for Academic and Student Affairs and provost.

“We are deeply appreciative of GMC’s gift toward and its commitment to the nursing program’s success,” said Diane White, dean of the School of Health Sciences. “GMC has been a wonderful partner, and we are looking forward to future collaborations. There is a feeling of mutual responsibility in assuring that the next generation of nurse leaders is well-prepared to contribute to excellence in health care.”

“Initiatives such as GGC’s new nursing program provide support to the robust health community we have in Gwinnett and across the state,” said Phil Wolfe, president and CEO of Gwinnett Medical Center. “We hope to further enhance the dedication and commitment of these nurses who will be serving our community for years to come.”

GMC also is providing a large number of clinical rotation opportunities for GGC’s nursing students.

“Rotations enable students to transfer what they learn on campus to the real-world, clinical setting,” said White. “They learn from other health care professionals and gain experience in delivering nursing care to patients in a compassionate, competent, professional and ethical manner.”

The first rotations will include Glancy Rehabilitation Center, where students will be introduced to caring for adult and geriatric populations beyond the acute phase of illnesses or injury. During these initial rotations, students will begin to discern the role of the nurse, and the importance of collaboration and therapeutic and professional communication in the clinical environment.

In addition to its support of the college’s nursing program, GMC provides comprehensive, on-site sports medicine management services for GGC’s scholar athletes. The program provides assessment, injury prevention, training and rehabilitation services designed to help students perform at optimum levels athletically and academically.

GMC also has provided several internships for students in multiple disciplines, including biology and information technology.

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