Congratulations to Gwinnett Medical Center and Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation on being named the February 2012 Business of the Month.
About Gwinnett Medical Center CEO, Philip R. Wolfe
Philip R. Wolfe began his tenure at Gwinnett Medical Center in 2006 as president and CEO. Since then, Wolfe has initiated over $150 million in capital investments. In 2011, GMC launched percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). In 2012, GMC opened its state-of-the-art Strickland Heart Center, a 40,000 square-foot facility that houses advanced technology, including state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization labs and operating rooms, providing residents access to leading cardiac care professionals. With hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth, GMC serves more than 400,000 patients annually under his leadership.
Before joining Gwinnett Medical Center, Wolfe was president and CEO of Enloe Health System, a nonprofit corporation in Chico, California.
Wolfe began his career in healthcare in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps. In 1981, he joined the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) and served as Assistant Administrator at Redmond Park Hospital in Rome, Ga.
His healthcare career also includes administrative responsibilities at Hilton Head Hospital in South Carolina, Hancock Medical Center in Bay St. Louis, Miss., and Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Recognized as the 2010 Gwinnett Man of the Year, Mr. Wolfe is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the American Hospital Association. He serves on numerous boards including the Gwinnett Chamber, Georgia Gwinnett College Foundation, Gwinnett Technical College, Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, Gwinnett Health System and Gwinnett Hospital System Foundation. He has been a member of the Rotary Club International since 1986. He earned his BSBA at Bowling Green University in Ohio and his MHA at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
A native of Ohio, Mr. Wolfe is married to Mary Jane Wolfe. He is a licensed general aviation pilot and enjoys golf.
About the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation
As Gwinnett’s hospital system grew from its humble beginnings in the 1940′s as a single community clinic in Duluth, GA to a multi-campus, world class collection of state-of the art healthcare facilities, there were community leaders who recognized the power of philanthropy to bring people together to support Gwinnett Medical Center in fulfilling its mission to provide quality health services to our community. In 1990 the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation was created. For the past two decades, it has been an instrument in our community for investing, inviting and inspiring people to share what they have and to serve others in strengthening the well being of the community we call home.
Time after time GMC has experienced firsthand what our community can do when we simply ask and enable each other to contribute. There is a transformative power found in philanthropy. Most recently, the community wrapped its arms around the Open Heart campaign. Because of the tremendous support from countless individuals and corporations in the Gwinnett community, GMC is no longer the most populated county in the nation without an open heart surgery program. More than $9.1 million was raised toward the $8 million goal for the Open Heart Campaign.
Jason Chandler, president of the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation says, “The great success that we’ve experienced during the current economic climate would not have been possible without the strong support and active involvement from our Foundation Board, The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and the countless contributions from our community. Their dedication to this campaign has taken us to a new level in philanthropy.” In addition, the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation has raised more than $5 million for Cancer initiatives, including the region’s leading imaging center and a comprehensive Breast Center that opened last August.
Over the last year, the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation was recognized with ten regional and state awards for Best Practices in the development and fundraising field. One of these awards was presented to the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation from the national organization, The Association for Healthcare Philanthropy for the creation of their Physician Partners program. The Physician Partners program was founded by Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation Board Chairman, Dr. Manfred Sandler, to encourage physicians to serve as donors and advocates for Gwinnett Medical Center.