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Womens Center a welcome addition
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Forsyth County News
Newborn babies are crying in a Forsyth County hospital again, and that’s a good thing. Last week, the birth of Hudson Bickers at Cumming’s Northside Hospital-Forsyth ushered in a new era for local medical care as the hospital’s new Women’s Center opened for business.

Prior to last week’s delivery, it had been more than 25 years since a local medical facility had routinely handled child births. During that time, local residents were forced to go to out-of-county hospitals to give birth — hoping as they did so that traffic was sparse and delivery wouldn’t happen in a back seat on the side of the road.

As is the case with any major addition or expansion under Georgia’s Certificate of Need process, the process for gaining approval for the addition of the Women’s Center to the local hospital was long and arduous.

The Northside facility in Atlanta has long been the regional leader in providing quality care for mothers-to-be and infants, and the Cumming facility has been built on that exceptional medical foundation.

You can expect the delivery rooms and nurseries at the Cumming hospital to stay busy, as some 2,000 babies — an average of more than five a day —are expected to be born there annually.

The Women’s Center, with its wide array of services for expectant mothers and newborn babies, is but the latest addition to the growing medical community in Forsyth County. In recent years the hospital in Cumming has undergone one expansion after another as it has grown to meet the needs of area residents.

In addition, the campus surrounding the hospital has become a magnet for medical practices and specialists.
Add to that the new Emory hospital in Johns Creek, and the announcement last month that Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has purchased land adjacent to The Avenue for some future use, and the prognosis for top quality medical care throughout the county seems good indeed.

While the medical community provides needed health care options for local residents, it also generates a substantial boost to the local economy with the creation of quality jobs. It isn’t hard to look a few years down the road and imagine Forsyth as a major regional player in the health care arena.