What You Should Know

Frequently Asked Questions

A: Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System believe a merger of the two organizations is the best way to leverage the respective strengths of both. We believe that a combined system is the way to better prepare for the future needs of patients and their families. The new system will create mutually beneficial objectives and outcomes.

Both Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System have made significant investments in building comprehensive health care delivery capabilities in their respective market areas. Northside Hospital is a leader in cancer care, women’s health and specialized surgical care, while Gwinnett Health System has strengths in cardiovascular care, sports medicine and post-acute care. The service areas are adjacent to one another – ideal for focusing investment on care expansion, overall clinical capacity, and improved patient access.

The two systems share an unwavering commitment to our employees and the communities we serve. The common ground in our missions, operations and strategic legacies provides a strong footing for success.

A: We have cleared the final regulatory review toward combining operations. Leaders from both systems are already meeting to develop a comprehensive integration plan that honors our employees and physicians and ensures that our patients continue to receive quality health care with no disruption of service. The combined system is expected to be operational by summer 2019.
A: These types of developments take time and effort to ensure that all details of the merger are thoroughly and thoughtfully addressed. We believe it is important to conduct this process carefully and deliberately, because the end result should be very positive for our employees, patients and our communities.
A: System names and branding have not been determined. We will conduct due diligence and planning activities in the months ahead to carefully assess naming and branding opportunities.
A: Whenever two organizations become one organization, there is change. The good news is that this merger includes job security – all Gwinnett Health System employees and all Northside employees will continue their employment after the merger.

The new system should create many opportunities for enhanced patient care, improved patient access to health care resources, professional development and fiscal strength. Over time, the new system – with its expected growth and expansion — should create additional job opportunities. In past years, as Northside has joined with other health care providers, strong system growth has been one of the results.

A: Anchored by five hospitals in Sandy Springs, Lawrenceville, Cumming, Canton and Duluth, the new nonprofit health system will also operate additional sites of care including cancer treatment, imaging, surgical, urgent care and other outpatient centers throughout the state. Altogether, the Northside-Gwinnett combined system will have 1,604 inpatient beds, over 250 outpatient locations, 21,000 employees and more than 3,500 physicians on staff. Although we will become a bigger health care system, our goal is to become an even better health care system.
A: Northside and Gwinnett Health System share many common characteristics. We both believe in an unyielding commitment to our employees and to the communities we serve. Our workplaces are led by outstanding professionals with great passion for health care and patient service. And Northside and Gwinnett Health System are blessed with medical and administrative leadership known for accountability and success.

We also have common goals that represent critical building blocks for a combined health care system: to ensure the continued enhancement of quality care; to build a strong and aligned primary care network; to maintain strong financial performance; to innovate and improve processes; to optimize technology; and to provide an adaptive culture. Together, these goals are essential to Northside and Gwinnett Health System for ensuring the highest patient satisfaction.