Gwinnett Chamber Honors Leading Healthcare Individuals and Organizations

The following news release was originally issued by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.

Dean Diane White and Sharon Grason

Dean Diane White and Director of Nursing Sharon Grason 

(GWINNETT - METRO ATLANTA) December 16, 2015— The Gwinnett Chamber has once again recognized those who are making significant impacts in the local healthcare community with its annual Healthcare Excellence Awards.

“Access to quality healthcare is one of the most important factors in determining a community’s quality of life,” said Dr. Dan Kaufman, President & CEO of the Gwinnett Chamber. “Not only does it affect every individual on a personal level, but it is also considered a strategic economic development tool for attracting companies to relocate to or expand and invest in Gwinnett County. A readily available, well-trained workforce will have its pick of the best jobs in Gwinnett’s healthcare arena. For fast growth communities such as ours, it is critical to have a quality healthcare system with state-of-the-art-technology supporting it.”

The ceremony, emceed by WSB-TV’s Jocelyn Dorsey, was held December 15 at the Infinite Energy Forum, formerly Gwinnett Center, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and celebrated individuals and organizations that are leading the way through innovation, patient and family care and philanthropic efforts.

Recipients were as follows:  Community Leadership—Carolyn Hill, Gwinnett Health System; Corporate Achievement—Georgia Gwinnett College’s School of Health Science Program; Executive Administrator—Thomas Shepherd, Gwinnett Medical Center; Healthcare Agency—Gwinnett Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine; Healthcare Professional—Beverly Friedlander Ostrowski, VITAS Healthcare;  Physician of the Year—Uday Parikh, DDS (Dentist); Physician of the Year—Kevin Johnson, MD, FAAFP, Gwinnett Medical Center (Primary Care) and Physician of the Year—Alan Wang, MD, SFHM, FACP,  Salude (Specialist).

For more information about this event, please visit To view photos, visit the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce gallery online.

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