Access to quality healthcare is one of the most important factors in determining a community”s quality of life. It profoundly affects people of all ages. Whether a young couple is expecting their first child or a retired individual is coping with heart disease, having quality medical care close by is truly a necessity.
Fast growth communities such as Gwinnett demonstrate a growing demand for both general and specialized care. By 2015, Gwinnett County is projected to be home to more than a million residents. Nearly 25 percent of those residents will be over 60 years old. Consequently, it is critical to have a quality healthcare system with state-of-the-art-technology supporting it.
Gwinnett County is fortunate to be located just down the interstate from Georgia”s major research universities.Our local colleges are also deeply engaged in educating our healthcare professionals. Gwinnett Technical College provides highly trained workers across the healthcare spectrum to meet the area”s growing occupational demands now and in the future. In addition to the superb nursing program, Gwinnett Tech graduates are working with pharmaceutical firms and medical device specialists, as well as research labs where they are able to isolate genes to develop vaccines, and someday discover cures for various types of cancers and other equally devastating diseases. And the recently approved nursing program at Georgia Gwinnett College will produce baccalaureate-level nurses for the Gwinnett community, and the bioscience programs at GGC are contributing highly-educated workers as well.
A readily available, well-trained workforce will have its pick of the best jobs in Gwinnett”s healthcare arena. From birthing centers to mending broken arms, cancer treatment centers to robotic surgery, healthcare in Gwinnett remains on the cutting edge of technology while also providing patients with personalized one-on-one care.
Many of our hospitals house dedicated women”s centers specializing in everything from maternity care to heart and breast cancer care. Gwinnett Medical Center”s Lawrenceville and Duluth locations are at the forefront of the fight against breast cancer. Their Diagnostic Imaging Centers provide more effective early detection to help doctors quickly treat the disease and dramatically increase the survival rates of those affected by it. Eastside Medical Center hosts state-of-the-art orthopedic and spine care as well as rehabilitation services.
Healthcare does not usually come to mind as an important aspect of economic development in a community, but having a healthy workforce is vital for continued economic growth. Staying ahead of the curve and providing essential preventative care to every segment of the population will ensure that Gwinnett County remains a healthy and prosperous community of choice.