Jackson EMC has donated $50,000 to the Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) Foundation to help fund a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion at GMC-Lawrenceville.
“As a non-profit organization, GMC is able to provide new technology and expanded services at an accelerated pace through generous donations such as this from Jackson EMC,” said Cathie Brazell, assistant vice president of clinical operations and women’s pavilion director. “Our NICU provides services to about ten counties including Jackson, Barrow, Clarke and others that are also serviced by the organization.”
The NICU, started in 1988, is a 24-bed unit caring for all high-risk newborns and is staffed by four board-certified neonatologists, five neonatal nurse practitioners and about 110 neonatal nurses, among other professionals. The NICU is equipped with highly-specialized medical devices to treat some of the hospitals sickest patients who struggle with issues like blindness, infections, and brain bleeds. In fact, care for a premature infant is 10 times the cost to care for a healthy infant.
“Providing the proper care upfront to these very sick infants allows them to establish a healthy foundation at the earliest point in their fragile life,” said Jackson EMC president/CEO Chip Jakins. “Each healthy baby that leaves the NICU is a testament to the commitment of the NICU staff at the Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion.”
The Jackson EMC donation comes from margin refunds that have been unclaimed by the electric cooperative’s members. Legislation passed in 2005 permits Georgia electric cooperatives to make charitable and economic development contributions of margin refunds that remain unclaimed by former members after a specified period of time.
Jackson EMC is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative providing power to more than 214,000 meters in 10 Northeast Georgia counties.
For information on the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation, please visit www.gmcgiving.org.
About Gwinnett Medical Center
Gwinnett Medical Center is a nationally-recognized, not-for-profit healthcare network with acute-care hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth. Offering cardiovascular, orthopedic and neuroscience specialty care as well as a full continuum of wellness services, GMC’s 4,800 associates and 800 affiliated physicians serve more than 400,000 patients annually. To learn more about how GMC is transforming healthcare, visit gwinnettmedicalcenter.org or follow us at facebook.com/gwinnettmedical, twitter.com/gwinnettmedical or youtube.com/gwinnettmedical.