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Childrens Healthcare forms local board
Forsyth facility opens in June
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Forsyth County News

Board members
The Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Forsyth/North Fulton Community Board includes:
• Jack Allan, Ingram Funeral Home
• Chantal Bagwell, community volunteer
• Apollon Constantinedes, Lakeside Pharmacy
• Beth Daffin, community volunteer
• Cindy Elliott, Bill Elliott Racing
• Paula Gault, retired educator/administrator
• Judi Jenkins, Forsyth County Schools
• Jason Joseph, Hibernian Pacific Holdings
• Dr. Panyavee Kahn, Cumming Pediatrics
• John Lauth, Courier Connection
• The Rev. Shawn Lovejoy, Mountain Lake Church
• Mary Helen McGruder, chairwoman
• Chris Mixon, Bank of North Georgia
• Adam Orkin, Orkin & Associates
• Wendy Parker, community volunteer
• Tim Perry, Citizens Bank
• Tad Phelps, Radiant Systems
• Keith Porter, Dawson County Schools
• Kevin Tallant, attorney
• Randall Toussaint, Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce
• Rick Wallace, Air Tran
• Amanda White, Etailpromotions

Source: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta recently announced the formation of a new board that will work to promote its Forsyth County facility.

Children’s is poised to open its northernmost location at The Avenue Forsyth in June. The 20,000-square-foot clinic will provide specialized outpatient services for children.

According to a news release from Children’s, the 22-member board will work to “spread awareness” of the facility in Forsyth, Cherokee, Dawson, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall and Lumpkin counties.

Forsyth native Mary Helen McGruder will chair the board, whose next meeting will be in March.

“During our first meeting [in late January], we learned about the background of Children’s and how it has evolved, and the three roles the board will play within Children’s,” McGruder said.

She said those roles include: “letting people know that Children’s is coming” and what the site will offer; serving as community liaisons, bringing “comments and suggestions” back to Children’s; and fundraising.

“This is a community outreach board as opposed to a policy-making board,” she said.

Meg Flynn, a spokeswoman for Children’s, said several grand-opening community events will be held in May, before the site opens to patients in June.

McGruder said serving on the Children’s board is especially rewarding since her family owned the county’s first hospital.

“To have come to the place we are now in such a short time, from 1957 with that first hospital to having Northside and now a specialty hospital here with Children’s, it’s just so wonderful for our area,” she said.