Northside Hospital and the Gwinnett Health System’s plan to combine health care operations will begin Wednesday, Aug. 28.
The expanded Northside Hospital system will have 1,636 inpatient beds; more than 250 outpatient locations throughout Georgia; and nearly 21,000 employees and 3,500 physicians on staff.
Debbie Mitcham, longtime chief financial officer and 25-year veteran of Northside Hospital, will be the new president and CEO of Northside’s Gwinnett health care campuses.
Phil Wolfe, who served as president and CEO of the Gwinnett system for the past 13 years, has announced his retirement effective Aug. 28.
Other important leadership changes are planned with the goal of seamlessly integrating operations to strengthen the new, expanded system, according to a press release sent by hospital officials.
Patients of the Gwinnett Health System will notice virtually no changes in their regimen of treatment and care. Patient and family care is the central priority of the two systems, which are led by strong medical professionals with great passion for health care service, according to the release.
Also, beginning on Aug. 28:
• The Gwinnett Medical Center-Lawrenceville, 1000 Medical Center Blvd., will be called Northside Hospital Gwinnett.
• The Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth, 3620 Howell Ferry Road, will be called Northside Hospital Duluth.
• The Gwinnett Extended Care Center at GMC-Lawrenceville, 650 Professional Drive, will be called the Northside Gwinnett Extended Care Center.
• The Glancy Rehabilitation Center, 3215 McClure Bridge Road in Duluth, will be called Northside Gwinnett Joan Glancy.
However, patients will not see any rapid signage changes at these or other Gwinnett Health System locations, according to the release. This process will be conducted gradually and with appropriate research, input and planning.
For care provided at Gwinnett locations beginning Aug. 28, patient bills and statements will be addressed from Northside Hospital, and payments will be made to the same. For care received at Gwinnett locations prior to Aug. 28, patient bills will come from and be payable to Gwinnett Medical Center.
For more information about patient billing and other updates, visit northsidegwinnett.com.