Mayor issues proclamation to note anniversary of Joan Glancy Memorial Hospital founding and its evolution into Gwinnett Medical Center

In 1944, community members united to launch the humble Joan Glancy Memorial Hospital in Duluth. Much has changed over the past seven-plus decades—a new name, several facility upgrades, and a change in services as a new hospital was built down the street in 2006, just to name a few—but its mission of providing quality care has not.

Since Glancy merged into Gwinnett Health System in the 1960s, the system has grown into one of the largest and most respected in Georgia. The original site of Joan Glancy Memorial Hospital has changed significantly over the years while remaining an important part of GMC. It is currently home to the Center for Weight Management, the Diabetes and Nutrition Education Center and Glancy Rehabilitation Center.

Gwinnett Medical Center now operates acute care hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth that, combined, house more than 550 beds and are staffed by approximately 5,000 employees and 800 physicians serving more than 400,000 patients annually.

In honor of GMC's service to the citizens of Duluth and the region as a whole, Mayor Nancy Harris recently issued a proclamation declaring July 2, 2019, as "Gwinnett Medical Center Day." The proclamation honors 75 years of the shared history and great relationship between Duluth and GMC. It was issued during a recent celebration at the Duluth Business Association's July meeting held at GMC-Duluth.

Harris recognized Gwinnett Medical Center for the more than $75 million in charitable care and services it provides each year and for its nationally recognized expertise in a number of medical disciplines.

In the proclamation, she cited GMC for outstanding achievements in cardiology, pulmonology, neurosurgery, anesthesiology, radiology, obstetrics, neonatal intensive care, bariatrics, weight management, diabetes and nutrition education, orthopedics and sports medicine, rehabilitative therapies and other medical disciplines.

Thomas Shepherd, GMC's chief operating officer and executive vice president who began his three-plus decades of service to the hospital system in the Joan Glancy Memorial Hospital lab, was excited by the recognition.

"We are truly honored that Mayor Harris recognized GMC for many years of providing quality healthcare services to the citizens of her great town. Duluth is such an important part of our history and our present-day service offerings," Shepherd stated. "We are committed to ensuring the wellbeing of our patients and associates at all of our facilities, and we believe the mayor's gesture is validation that we are achieving that goal."