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Caring on display
Health expo is Sunday at the hospital
Nurse Michele Garcia assists with a robotic surgery. - photo by File photo

If you’re going

The Family Health Expo is set for 1 to 4 Northside Hospital-Forsyth,1200 Northside Forsyth Drive in Cumming.
A free stroke screening also will be available to determine risk for stroke, heart disease and diabetes. Anyone interested in the screening must sign up ahead of time by calling (404) 845-5555.
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Many people try to avoid a trip to the hospital, but Lynn Jackson hopes they make an exception Sunday afternoon for the Northside Hospital-Forsyth Family Health Expo.

“So many times they see us building buildings, which is great because it means that we’re adding services,” said Jackson, the hospital’s administrator.

“But a hospital really is about the people and the professionals that provide this service. So this will give them a chance to meet some of those people and see ... the caring, compassion and the quality that is a part of who we are.”

During the past year, the hospital off Hwy. 20 near Ga. 400 has gone through many changes.

In August, it opened a women’s center, the county’s first nonemergency baby delivery facility in 25 years.

The hospital also debuted a cardiac catheterization lab for its cardiology program, and a mobile PET/CT scanner for diagnosing and determining the best course of treatment for cancer patients.

In addition, the hospital welcomed da Vinci, a surgical system commonly referred to as robotic surgery. The system will be on display during the expo, said Freda Hardage, event organizer.

“They’re actually going to be able to do hands-on demonstrations with the robot, so they can see that some of the latest technology that’s being used in health care in the United States is right in Forsyth County,” she said.

“It’s just being a good community partner to be able to allow people that we serve to be able to come in and talk to the physicians and see the services that we’re offering.”

Jackson said she hopes the expo, which runs from 1 to 4 p.m., will become an annual event.

“We have the opportunity to get to know our community here,” said Jackson. “People meeting people, that’s really what this is about.

“We love having facilities that are modern and state-of-the-art equipment, but all that is only as good as the people who are here to provide the service.”

Hardage said she expects many of the 300 physicians who were invited to attend the event, which also will feature a tour of the new women’s center.

The hospital’s specialty services, including the emergency department and breast care and spine centers, will have booths to show the equipment and technology in use at Northside.

There also will be children’s activities, including inflatables, face painting and a magician.

“It can be a family activity,” Hardage said. “The parents can come and find out more about their health care opportunities and the kids can still have a little fun as well.”

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