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Forsyth County Slugfest benefits Northside NICU
Taking part in the Slugfest check presentation were, from left, Lynn Jackson, Northside Hospital-Forsyth administrator, Brian Gould, treasurer of the baseball tournament, and Melissa Sugg, Northside Hospital-Forsyth Womens Center manager. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

CUMMING — Northside Hospital-Forsyth recently received a donation from an annual fundraiser baseball tournament.

The three-day Forsyth County Slugfest Triple Crown Tournament raised $7,550 at the beginning of March for the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.

The funds will be used to buy equipment and supplies, according to Aldo Nahed, a spokesman for the 852-bed hospital system.

“This donation makes a huge difference for our newborns who need special treatment,” said Lynn Jackson, administrator of the Forsyth location. “We are extremely grateful for their continued and generous support.”

Brian Gould, treasurer for Slugfest, said the event drew about 300 teams from across Georgia to compete on several baseball fields throughout Forsyth County.

Since 2011, the tournament has donated $33,430 to Northside Hospital-Forsyth. Other recipients this year include Miracle League of Cumming-Forsyth, The Humane Society of Forsyth County, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, local churches and booster clubs.

“Over the years, our NICU has just continued to grow,” said Melissa Sugg, manager of the Women’s Center at Northside Hospital-Forsyth. “Their donation is going to impact the lives of so many families in our communities.”

Northside Hospital-Forsyth is a Level III NICU. Of the 3,069 babies born at the Women’s Center last year, 355 needed NICU assistance.