Gwinnett Tech Honored with Healthcare Excellence Award

December 07, 2012

Gwinnett Tech Honored with Healthcare Excellence Award
Gwinnett Chamber names Gwinnett Tech Foundation Legacy of Lives leaders Healthcare Volunteers of the Year


The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce has honored Gwinnett Technical College for its contribution to the continued well-being of Gwinnett and metro Atlanta citizens through "outstanding effort and commitment to the healthcare industry."

The Gwinnett Tech Foundation's Legacy of Lives leadership team was named Volunteers of the Year at the chamber's annual Healthcare Excellence Awards earlier this week. Gwinnett Tech's Legacy of Lives Campaign supports the education and training of the healthcare professionals needed to serve the region.

Through these awards, the Gwinnett Chamber saluted excellence, encouraged innovation, and offered examples of best practices for others to emulate. The program was designed to raise awareness in the community, enhance the quality of healthcare and recognize deserving individuals and organizations within the healthcare community.

"The Gwinnett Tech Foundation has a rich history of support and service from the region's most progressive leaders. The Legacy of Lives Campaign is no exception, with Ed Bastian, president of Delta Air Lines, serving as the honorary campaign chair," explained Mary Beth Byerly, executive director, Gwinnett Tech Foundation. "Leading the major gifts campaign, a commitment of hundreds of hours of personal time, are Kim Ryan, CEO, Eastside Medical Center; Sean Murphy, Avnet Remarketing Solutions; and Jim McGean, the recently retired president of Verizon Wireless."

"These remarkable volunteers are champions for Gwinnett Tech's students and our community. They have helped the Foundation raise over $7.1 million to date for our Legacy of Lives Campaign, funding that enables us to expand our programs and facilities, accept more students into these highly south-after career programs, and provide the healthcare workforce our region needs," added Byerly.

Several Gwinnett Tech board members, faculty and business partners were also among the honorees:

  • Dr. Cathy Scholz, Dean of Life Sciences, Gwinnett Tech, was a finalist for the Healthcare Professional of the Year.

  • Kim Ryan, a Gwinnett Tech Foundation trustee and CEO, Eastside Medical Center, was named the Healthcare Executive of the Year.

  • Tad Hutcheson, vice president – community relations, Delta Air Lines, was a finalist for Philanthropist of the Year, nominated by Gwinnett Tech for the honor.

Jim Maran, president and CEO of the Gwinnett Chamber, commented, "Healthcare is a vital component to our community's long-term sustainability and growth. As citizens of Gwinnett, we can all take pride in and be thankful for our community's solid reputation for quality healthcare that ensures our well-being and provides further opportunities to attract new business, create jobs and afford a strong and well-rounded place to live, work and raise a family."

Gwinnett Tech has the largest number of life and health sciences program offerings in the state, with more than a dozen degree, diploma and certificate options in healthcare, life sciences and emergency services. Currently, more than 40 percent of all Gwinnett Tech students are enrolled in a health sciences program.  The college opened its new Life Science Center last fall and now has more than 140,000 square feet in two buildings devoted to health science education and training.

GTC offers more than 45 degree, diploma and certificate student options that students can finish in two years or less. For more information, visit or call 770-962-7580.

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December 7, 2012