8/29: Non-profit health merger; About Stone Mountain; more

GwinnettForum  |  Number 17.40  |  Aug. 29, 2017  

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IN THIS EDITION
TODAY’S FOCUS: Two Non-Profit Health Centers Plan Merger on January 1, 2018
EEB PERSPECTIVE: Have Stone Mountain Park Become Site for Confederate Statues
SPOTLIGHT: Primerica
FEEDBACK: One Drawback to Putting Confederate Statues in One Area
UPCOMING: Class Now Underway in Mercedes-Benz Program at Gwinnett Tech
NOTABLE: Seven Citizens Serving on Panel Concerning County Budget
RECOMMENDED: Camino Island by John Grisham
GEORGIA TIDBIT: W.B. “Bill” Turner Was Devoted Leader of Columbus Community
TODAY’S QUOTE: Most of the Time, Someone Will Intercept Trouble
MYSTERY PHOTO: Here’s a Mystery Photo We’ll Classify as “Difficult”
LAGNIAPPE: Gwinnett Tech Gets $10,000 from Kaiser Permanente for Scholarships
CALENDAR: Art Group in Suwanee Opens Annual Exhibit on August 30
TODAY’S FOCUS

Two non-profit health centers plan merger on Jan. 1, 2018

Good Samarian office in Norcross

By Dr. Greg Lang, executive director, Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett  |  Two Gwinnett non-profit health centers have agreed to combine their efforts to better and more efficiently serve the poor and uninsured of the north metropolitan Atlanta area.

Lang

The Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett in downtown Norcross and Bridge Atlanta Medical Center on Jimmy Carter Boulevard are merging the two charitable organizations. Recognizing a high percentage of uninsured residents and rise in number of households living in poverty in Gwinnett County, the non-profit healthcare clinics have agreed to combine their efforts.

The corporations will continue to operate separately until the end of 2017. A legal merger, including the dissolution of Bridge, will take effect January 1, 2018. The two centers will remain open in their current locations.

The Bridge will soon adopt Good Sam Gwinnett’s operating hours. The Norcross office will become known as Good Sam West Gwinnett. It is serving 2,000+ patients each month.  The Bridge is serving 200 each month, but it will become much more busy very soon.

We are very enthusiastic about this development. Both organizations are committed to quality patient care and satisfaction, innovative service delivery processes, unparalleled patient access, and excellent stewardship of donors’ resources. Through this merger, we will achieve a rich blend of primary care and specialty care available in two locations and reduce administrative overhead, resulting in more of the donors’ dollars providing a direct benefit to our combined patients.

Leroy Graham, MD, executive director and Medical Director of Bridge Atlanta Medical Center, says:  “We believe the merger will provide a care system that is stronger and more effective than the simple sum of the components of that merger. Patients who need coordinated care between primary and specialty care will finally have a true medical home in that regard. The merged entity will be quite unique in the area given the breadth of offerings we can provide.” The combined clinics offer primary care, specialty medicine, general dentistry, medication dispensary, and counseling.

The Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett has provided charitable primary care in Gwinnett since 2005 and delivered more than 100,000 services. The clinic moved to a larger location in July 2017 and there opened Gwinnett’s only full-time charity dental practice. More than 2,500 dental appointments have been completed in the new location. The clinic is located at 5949 Buford Highway, in downtown Norcross, and will in the future be referred to as Good Samaritan Health Center of West Gwinnett.

Bridge Atlanta Medical Center opened September 2016 and with the talent of more than 400 volunteers has served Gwinnett at its location, 4864 Jimmy Carter Boulevard, Suite 203, Norcross. The clinic will be renamed Good Samaritan Health Center of East Gwinnett as soon as possible. We will soon have a dental clinic at the East location. Demand for that service is so great we cannot adequately respond to it with only six dental chairs at the West office. This merger provides an excellent opportunity for us to expand that important line of service and provide even more dental care for the poor and uninsured of our community.

EEB PERSPECTIVE

Have Stone Mountain park become site for Confederate statues

By Elliott Brack, editor and publisher  |  Many of us remember watching during 1990 and 1991 the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and the events leading up to it. Previously all the individual republics, including Russia itself, had seceded from the union. It happened pretty quickly.

Stenciled in our minds are the videos from television of former Communist-ruled people tearing down the statues of leaders of this Communist regime.  Can’t you see it now in your mind?

Who would have thought that these public demonstrations might eventually serve as a model for action in the United States?

For the recent riot in Charlottesville has led many in this nation to address a situation still lingering in the United States: the Civil War, and its aftermath.

At one time, the symbol of that war was the Confederate battle flag, that star-and-bars that continues to divide a few in our country from the majority. A few years back, Georgia’s official flag was remade without the Confederate symbol, something that many remember as one element that cost Roy Barnes not to be re-elected as governor. Little did we realize the wide resentment that this flag caused, and still causes.

Now this same underlying problem has asserted itself about statues throughout this country as monuments to that war.  The big question: what to do with them?

Let us turn to the country of Hungary to consider one alternative to allow these statues to remain. Hungary conceived the idea of parking their Communist statues all together in its “Memento Park.”  This opened in 1993, and now houses 40 former Communist statues. They charge minimal admission to visit the park, about 20 minutes by bus from downtown Budapest. The Hungarians recognize it as a tourist attraction, an “artistic action ground” and educational center.

One phrase stands out: “The Memento Park is not about Communism, but about the fall of Communism.”

Hmmmm.

What’s going to happen when the forthcoming Georgia General Assembly meets and possibly considers what to do with Georgia’s Confederate statues? One solution might be to move any Confederate statue that a community calls offensive to……Stone Mountain Park.

The park has plenty of room to situate statues throughout its 3,200 acres. They might be located all around the grounds of the park, much like there are remembrance artistic work throughout the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.

Chickamauga Military Park was the first of its kind, created in 1890 to preserve and commemorate these battlefields, and consists of more than 9,000 acres. It is the largest national military park. There are 705 commemorative features including monuments, markers, and tablets. Veterans began marking the battlefields in 1894 and the last commemorative feature was added in 1976.  Note that Chickamauga commemorates a battlefield, and not a cause.

Stone Mountain Park could commemorate this as a key historical era in our nation, and be a reasonable location for Confederate statues. It could become an even more popular tourist attraction. These statues are often beautiful works of art, and deserve to be kept intact, if nothing else, for their art alone.

And Hungary has shown us the way.

MONDAY WAS an important day for Georgia, as it dedicated a statue to Dr. Martin Luther King on the capitol grounds. It made us proud.

May the Legislature keep the statue of Dr. King on the capitol grounds. He is too large a figure of our state to see him relegated to another area. His legacy needs to be visible in the open in downtown Atlanta for all Georgians to easily contemplate at the State Capitol.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

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FEEDBACK

One drawback to putting Confederate statues in one area

Editor, the Forum:

What George Graf said about putting all the Confederate statues in a park and charging people to look at them is good. Except for one thing, where are you going to put all the dead soldiers in graveyards with Confederate memorials on their tombstones?  Are we going to dig them up and move them to the newly made Confederate park?

Also what about Andersonville?  Should that be destroyed too or how about Kennesaw Mountain Park where the Confederate soldiers had one of their few victories. Least we forget, it was the South who fired the first shot on Fort Sumter (a Union fort when the country was still united) that started this division in this country, which runs deep to this day.

As much as we would love to “white-wash” history, it’s messy.  To lock it up in museums could be one way to preserve it, but how many would actually go and visit.  I would guess next to none because no one wants to be wrong in their opinions (myself included).

This divide will eventually die when the last of us who remember the stories from our grandparents no longer pass them down to our young and statues, right or wrong are torn down with nothing to replace them.

— Sara Rawlins, Lawrenceville

Worries about bashing of the president from the left side

Editor, the Forum:

GwinnettForum should win an award for best comedy post with George Wilson’s latest bash on President Trump.  George once again points out that there is no satisfying the Liberal Left.

Trump swallowed his ego and pride, and listened to his expert staff, and reversed his long held position on Afghanistan. George hates it! George certainly supported Obama’s lack of vision and strategy on Afghanistan, but now that one has been crafted, George hates and condemns that too.

Poor George, nothing except hate can make him happy.

 — Steve Rausch, Peachtree Corners

Dear Steve: I suspect George appreciates and is happy getting comment from the right. We tend to agree with George in deploring our country risking more American lives and fortune in that far-away place that even the Russians walked away from. –eeb

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UPCOMING

Class now underway in Mercedes-Benz program at Gwinnett Tech

On August 14, 2017 Gwinnett Technical College began their newest program, the Mercedes-Benz College Automotive Program. This two-year program offers students a hands-on approach to learning. Just like Mercedes-Benz dealership workshops, the automotive labs are sleek and sophisticated, with the most technologically advanced tools and systems. Classrooms are equipped with the same parts, tools and vehicles they would see at most Mercedes-Benz dealerships, along with firsthand interaction with Mercedes-Benz technical information systems and program-specific equipment.

Mercedes-Benz USA donated to Gwinnett Tech six vehicles, web-based training curriculum and an array of training equipment, including workshop carts, XENTRY Diagnosis equipment and other equipment. The new classroom and lab are professional-level and will allow Gwinnett Tech students to work, first-hand, with some of the most sophisticated, cutting-edge technology in the automotive industry.

Gwinnett Tech’s academic team has worked closely with Mercedes-Benz to develop a specific training certificate unique to Mercedes-Benz USA. According to Gwinnett Tech President Dr. Glen Cannon: “This is the first partnership of its kind in the country that will give students both factory-level training credits as well as, college credits that will apply to a degree program.”

Mercedes-Benz USA plans to create new jobs as they open their new $100 million headquarters facility in Atlanta, in 2018. Many of those jobs will require very specialized training. Through Mercedes’ strategic planning efforts with the state of Georgia and Quick Start, Gwinnett Technical College was selected by Mercedes-Benz to formulate an educational partnership that will help them elevate their corporate training model to meet the growing needs of their dealerships and customers.

Assistance League of America moves headquarters to Peachtree Corners

Peachtree Corners is now home to the Assistance League of Atlanta, a philanthropic group managed and operated by 270 volunteers that serve a network of community partners throughout the metro area.

The nonprofit organization recently celebrated the opening of its new 16,000 square-foot philanthropic center at 6264 Crooked Creek Road. The organization had outgrown its Chamblee location, says Paula Smiley, the organization’s vice president of communications. Its thrift shop will continue operating at its Chamblee location.

First established in California in 1918 by the philanthropic efforts of two women, the organization now has 120 chapters throughout the United States with over 23,000 volunteer members. The Atlanta chapter was formed in 1982 by a group of 34 women who founded the Atlanta Chapter in Chamblee. The local chapter has 260 volunteer members and operates with no paid employees.

The organization operates eight different programs, including Operation School Bell, its signature national program, which provides new clothing, uniforms, jackets, hygiene kits and other items to students in the metro area. Elementary and middle school students are selected by school social workers and the items are picked up by social workers or delivered to the school systems.

In addition, Assistance League of Atlanta offers need-based scholarships for students pursuing post-secondary education. For additional information email president@AssistanceLeagueAtl.org or call 770-458-2038.

Two construction projects awarded with pedestrian safety in mind

Gwinnett County Commissioners recently awarded two construction projects with pedestrians in mind. One will build sidewalks in the Peachtree Corners area and the other will bring special flashing beacons for mid-block crossings to the Hamilton Mill and Bunten Road areas. Both projects are funded by the 2014 SPLOST program.

Rectangular rapid flashing beacons are relatively new devices that help increase driver compliance in yielding to pedestrians in a crosswalk, especially at mid-block crossings. Ohmshiv Construction LLC will install beacons at existing mid-block crossings on Hamilton Mill Parkway and on Bunten Road at Bunten Road Park and Mason Elementary School. Ohmshiv was the lowest of four responsive bids at $230,125.

The new sidewalks will be installed at:

  • Along the west side of Georgia Highway 140/Holcomb Bridge Road/Jimmy Carter Boulevard from north of Georgia Highway 141/Peachtree Parkway to Crooked Creek Road;
  • On the west side of Crooked Creek Road from Route 140/Holcomb Bridge Road to Woodmont Boulevard; and
  • On the south side of Technology Parkway from Route 141/Peachtree Parkway to the existing sidewalk.

Like many sidewalk projects, these will also include curb, gutter and drainage improvements. Glosson Enterprises was the lowest of four responsive bids for that project at $896,577.50.

NOTABLE

Seven citizens serving on panel concerning county budget

Seven Gwinnett citizens are to serve on a panel invited by Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash to help set priorities and make recommendations for the 2018 proposed budget. County department directors and agency heads will present their business plans and financial resource requests for budget year 2018 began August 28.

The six residents who served on last year’s budget review team will be joined this year by Alida Sims, a social worker and recent graduate of the Gwinnett 101 Citizens Academy. Sims works as a regional kinship navigator for the Georgia Department of Community Services Division of Family and Children Services and also volunteers with a number of community organizations.

She will serve alongside Norwood Davis (CFO, 12Stone Church); Kevin Do (realtor, ReMax Grand South); Burt Manning (retired real estate appraiser); and Santiago Marquez (President and CEO, Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce); as well as Lisa Burleson (retired Gwinnett County Public Schools administrator); and David Cuffie (CEO, Total Vision Consulting LLC), who are fellow Gwinnett 101 alumni.

Nash said she finds that seeking public input in local government decisions leads to a better outcome and that the budget setting process is no exception.

The business plan presentations will be recorded for replay on TVgwinnett, the County’s government-access cable television channel, and on demand viewing at www.tvgwinnett.com.

The Chairman’s 2018 budget proposal will be made available to the public and news media on November 28. The budget public hearing is scheduled for December 4. By county ordinance, the Board of Commissioners must adopt the annual budget during its first meeting in January.

Sonesta at Gwinnett Place to become dual-branded property

Sonesta International Hotels Corporation is to have its first dual-branded property in Gwinnett County.  , The brand is bolstering within the Atlanta market as well as the industry as it continues to adapt to meet the needs of today’s diverse traveler.

The existing Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta will be dramatically enhanced with the addition of a new Sonesta ES Suites, the company’s signature extended-stay hotel brand. The two properties will operate harmoniously under one roof, while delivering two distinctive Sonesta experiences that can accommodate visitors regardless of their length of stay and purpose of visit.

In June, Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta began transforming one of its two hotel towers into the Sonesta ES Suites Gwinnett Place Atlanta, which will welcome guests in 81 newly designed efficiency, studio and 1- bedroom suites. The new hotel due to open mid-November will feature spacious bedrooms, fully equipped kitchens, and separate living areas providing room and versatility for those traveling for extended time.

The complimentary daily breakfast, evening social and on-site laundry facilities save guests time and helps to manage budgets, while complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi and self-service business center help guests stay connected to work and home. The brand’s Everyday Surprises are created to delight our guests and remove some of the drudgery of being on the road and away from home.

RECOMMENDED

Camino Island by John Grisham

You’re used to John Grisham’s books about the law. In recent times he has veered into baseball (Calico Joe) and football (Playing for Pizza), though in the Italy Football League. Now he takes us to the land of stolen valuable manuscripts of famous authors. His new book, Camino Island, is obviously set in Amelia Island, Fla.  We read of the actual theft of the original manuscripts of F. Scott Fitzgerald from a university library; the slow and pain-staking hunt for clues of the thefts; an elaborate plot by the insurance company to locate the works; and a study into the world of independent booksellers and how they make a living. With the easy rhythm of a Grisham offering, the book is highly readable and always interesting. Now that he’s tackled this subject, what subject (besides the law) will Grisham set his eyes on next?—eeb

  • An invitation: what books, restaurants, movies or web sites have you enjoyed recently? Send us your recent selection, along with a short paragraph (100 words) as to why you liked this, plus what you plan to visit or read next. –eeb
GEORGIA ENCYCLOPEDIA TIDBIT

Turner was devoted leader of Columbus community    

William Bradley (“Bill”) Turner was a business, civic, and philanthropic leader based in Columbus. He was the chairman emeritus of the executive committee of Synovus Financial Corporation, the treasurer of the Bradley-Turner Foundation, and the chairman of the Pastoral Institute. Turner was also the chairman and chief executive officer of the W. C. Bradley Company.

Turner

Turner was born in Columbus on October 11, 1922, to Elizabeth Bradley and D. Abbott Turner. As an eight-year-old boy, Turner was tapped for future leadership by his grandfather, W. C. Bradley. He also learned and developed his business acumen through observing the model of his father. After graduating from the Georgia Institute of Technology and serving in the Navy, he joined his father in 1947 in the leadership of the family’s business interests.

Turner and his wife, Sue Marie Thompson, had six children. His son William Bradley (“Brad”) Turner Jr. is the chief operating officer of the W. C. Bradley Company, and his nephew, Stephen Butler, is chief executive officer of the same company.  Until 2004, Turner and his sisters were included on Forbes magazine’s list of the 400 wealthiest Americans, with an estimated wealth of $740 million each.

Like his father and grandfather before him, Turner served on the board of directors for the Coca-Cola Company. During his term of service (1980-96), Coca-Cola experienced a change in leadership from Robert Woodruff to Roberto Goizueta, and stock values increased 41 times. This prosperity, along with the success of the stocks for Synovus and the W. C. Bradley Company, helped underwrite many of the community projects supported by the Bradley-Turner Foundation.

He explained these principles in his memoir, The Learning of Love: A Journey toward Servant Leadership (2000). The organizational structure in a business, family, or community that follows servant leadership turns upside down, with the leader at the bottom, supporting those who do the work. The leader maintains open channels of communication and encourages creativity in ideas and actions, with the understanding that stakeholders following their creativity will lead to a stronger organization.

Turner adopted this philosophy of life, work, and philanthropy in his own service. In 1955, noting a need for mental health services in the Columbus area, the Turners endowed the Bradley Center. In 1974 the Bradley Center gave rise to another organization, the Pastoral Institute, which is now home to the Center for Servant Leadership.

Upon retirement from active business leadership in 1987, Turner devoted additional time to his philanthropic endeavors in Columbus and elsewhere in the state. He was appointed by Governor Joe Frank Harris in 1986 to serve on the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

Through the Bradley-Turner Foundation, he and his family were central to the redevelopment of uptown Columbus, from the expansion and upgrading of Columbus State University, to the improvement of public housing in the Columbus area. They were also central players in the highly successful Columbus Challenge fund-raising campaign, which raised $87 million in capital and endowment funds for eight cultural organizations. Subsequently, the foundation has endowed professorships and centers for servant leadership at several public and private institutions throughout the state.

Turner died on July 31, 2017, in his Columbus home. He was 94.

MYSTERY PHOTO

Here’s a Mystery Photo we’ll classify as “difficult”

Today we begin a new chapter for the Mystery Photo. We’re going to rate, in advance, what we believe will be the difficulty for readers in solving the mystery. For instance, this edition’s mystery we consider as “difficult.”  Try your hand in figuring out where it is, then send your idea to elliott@brack.net, and be sure to include the city where you live.

Last edition’s Mystery Photo was one used before, but from a different angle. It came from b  of Peachtree Corners. First to spot it was Ruthie Lachman Paul of Norcross, who recognized the Crystal Bridge Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark., the design of Israeli Architect Moshe Safdie.

Others recognizing the photograph were Bob Foreman of Grayson and Jeannine Ritter of Suwanee.

George Graf of Palmyra, Va. gave us more information on the museum: “It houses a permanent collection of American art masterworks from the colonial era to modern day, and touring collections from national art institutions. Acclaimed collection includes such masterpieces as Charles Wilson Peale’s and Gilbert Stuart’s portraits of George Washington; Asher Brown Durand’s Kindred Spirits; and Norman Rockwell’s Rosie the Riveter. Other major works by artists such as John Singer Sargent, Thomas Eakins, William Merritt Chase, Thomas Hart Benton and Andy Warhol, are also featured. Temporary exhibitions program complements the permanent collection. The museum acquired Frank Lloyd Wright’s Bachman-Wilson House in 2015 after it was taken apart in New Jersey and rebuilt on the grounds in Bentonville. Solar powered shuttles transport visitors.”

LAGNIAPPE

Gwinnett Tech gets $10,000 from Kaiser Permanente for scholarships

Kaiser Permanente has awarded Gwinnett Tech Foundation a $10,000 grant creating scholarships to assist nursing students with their education. Kaiser’s dedication to nursing and their generosity made it possible for Gwinnett Tech to award ten $1,000 scholarships to nursing students in the 2016-2017 year.

Gloria Kemp, community benefit grants manager at Kaiser Permanente, says:  “With the help of partners such as Gwinnett Tech, we are investing in students, advancing the practice of registered nursing and, in turn, advancing the health of our communities.” Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to nursing at Gwinnett Tech began with an initial gift of $15,000 to focus on nursing student recruitment and retention. To date, Kaiser Permanente has awarded Gwinnett Tech $25,000 to assist nursing students with tuition. From left in the simulation lab at Gwinnett Tech are Manager Cresta Davis, one of the Kaiser Permanente Scholarship recipients, Heidy Sosa of Braselton, and the Dean of Nursing, Dr. Indira Tyler.

CALENDAR

(NEW) Opening Reception of the North Gwinnett Art Association Member’s Annual Exhibit on Wednesday, August 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. The center is at 39309 Charleston Market Street in Suwanee. A special “Nazareth Award” will be presented to a recipient. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit will continue through September 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

(NEW) Fall Vegetable Garden Workshop: Join Gwinnett County Public Library and Gwinnett County Extension Agent Timothy Daly for this workshop on September 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Five Forks Branch of the Library. .  Daly will discuss the many vegetables that can be grown in our area and how to care for them to produce a bountiful harvest.  There is no charge but preregistration is requested by August 31 by contacting the Gwinnett Library at events@gwinnettpl.org.

(NEW) Tours of Lilburn: Mayor Johnny Crist will host four tours in Old Town Lilburn on Saturday, September 9. These one-hour, air-conditioned bus tours will educate residents about future development sites in the city. The bus, provided by Providence Christian Academy, will transport 14 passengers on each tour, beginning at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. The tours begin at Lilburn City Hall-Library, 340 Main Street. To sign up for a tour, contact Public Relations Director Nikki Perry at nperry@cityoflilburn.com or 770-638-2223.

(NEW) A service animal can make a difference in a veteran’s life. Join Pulitzer Prize Winner Ellis Henican and Musician Doc Todd, a combat veteran, on September 10 at 3 p.m. at the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center to hear of this program from these two people. Henican is the co-author of Tuesday’s Promise – One Veteran, One Dog, and Their Bold Quest to Change Lives, which is the follow up to the late Ret. Captain Luis Carlos Montalvan’s bestselling memoir Until Tuesday.  The book illuminates the disturbing reality of those living with PTSD and the hope and inspiration brought to so many by one man and one dog. Todd’s new CD Combat Medicine is dedicated to personal healing and restoration to give veterans a voice through music.  The program is presented by he Gwinnett County Public Library and is free to all.

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