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Childrens taps two residents for team
Women to help develop facility
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Forsyth County News
As Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta begins making a new home in Forsyth County, officials are looking to locals to help engage the community.

There’s no better way to develop the facility than to look to residents, said Linda Cole, Children’s ambulatory services vice president.

Forsyth County residents Beth Buursema and Amanda Lindsay have been named outreach liaisons for Children’s.

The two women will help build staff and community communications as the organization works to open its pediatric outpatient facility near The Avenue shopping center and Ga. 400 in south Forsyth.

“We wanted people that already know the people in the community,” Buursema said. “They know who to reach out to for answers and what the needs of Forsyth are.”

About two years ago, the nonprofit pediatric health care system bought a 28-acre tract on which it plans to one day build a center. In the meantime, it will lease a nearby 20,000-square-foot facility, which is expected to open in the spring.

Buursema will work with community volunteers and local and state officials, as well as business and education leaders, to determine the health care issues the new facility can address.

As community outreach liaison, Buursema will focus on those not involved in the medical community.

Buursema is involved in various local community associations and clubs. Among them: Vickery Creek Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Association, the Sawnee Woman’s Club and The Place of Forsyth County.

“Beth is invaluable to Children’s as we develop a more focused means of community involvement,” said David Tatum, Children’s chief public policy officer.

As physician outreach liaison, Lindsay will work as the primary contact for physicians, practice managers and staff throughout the county.  

With a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders and a master’s in gerontology, she has more than a decade of experience working with community physicians.

“Amanda’s relationships and work to support the physician community in and around Forsyth County will help create awareness about our new specialized pediatric services in the area,” said Sue Lindstrom, Children’s physician outreach director.