Gwinnett Medical Center

Gwinnett Medical Center is an inpatient, outpatient and emergency/trauma care hospital in Lawrenceville, Georgia, located 30 miles north of Emory’s campus in Gwinnett County.

Site Work

Students will assist the professional chaplaincy staff by providing pastoral care to patients and families of patients. In the fall, site hours are generally Wednesdays before or after the Reflection Group, between the hours of 9:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Flexible hours in consideration of the student's schedule must be arranged in consultation with the site supervisor. More flexibility in hours may be available in the Spring semester, but will need to be arranged in consultation with the site supervisor.

Fall 2017 Reflection Group

Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Gwinnett Medical Center, led by Site Supervisors Rev. Orlando Scott and Rev. Bob Duvall.

Spring 2018 Integrative Seminar

Tuesday, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Candler, led by Rev. Bob Duvall and Dr. Nichole Phillips.

Pastoral Care Class

Students who enroll in Gwinnett Medical Center will also enroll in Intro to Pastoral Care PC501CE in the fall semester (Tuesday, 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.) taught by Dr. Emmanuel Lartey.

Faculty Academic Advisor

Dr. Nichole Phillips will serve as the academic advisor for Gwinnett Medical Center students and will join the group for the spring Integrative Seminar.

Site Mission

Gwinnett Medical Center wants to transform healthcare in Gwinnett County and beyond by providing the highest quality care available. The Gwinnett Hospital System Chaplaincy Department provides and coordinates quality spiritual care to promote patient care excellence, to foster sensitivity to the diverse needs of Gwinnett Medical Center customers and to integrate spiritual values and health decisions. We believe that all persons are of worth and that being human has many expressions. Each expression deserves attention. And all health changes, big or small, impact the whole fabric of life.

Chaplaincy Values

All persons are of worth and that being human has many expressions. Each expression deserves attention. And all health changes, big or small, impact the whole fabric of life.

About the Site

With roots that go back over 60 years, Gwinnett Medical Center now includes two hospitals plus additional supporting medical facilities, with more than 4,100 employees and 800 affiliated physicians. Gwinnett Medical Center is a not-for-profit healthcare network providing a wide array of high-quality services and facilities to diverse populations in Gwinnett and the surrounding area. Chaplaincy is well integrated into the life of the hospital. The Gwinnett Hospital System Chaplaincy Department consists of four staff chaplains, four full-time clinical pastoral education residents, and shorter-term clinical pastoral education students. In the stressful modern health care environment, a large part of the Chaplaincy Department's role is also staff support.

Student Reflection

MDiv student Jessica Kawamura reflects on her Contextual Education I experience at Gwinett Medical Center during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Additional Requirements & Accessibility

All students who select this clinical setting should bring the results of their tuberculosis test to the August site orientation. Students will not be allowed to begin site work until they have received a T.B. skin test, and the test result has been given to the site supervisor. In addition, students are encouraged to get a flu shot (Flu shots are available at GMC for free in October). If you choose not to be vaccinated or cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons you will need to wear a mask while working from Nov 1 to March 31.

Drug screen will be done during on-site visit. You will need a Drivers License or Passport for the drug screen. An official Gwinnett Medical Center Photo ID will also be made during the on-site visit during orientation.

Students who are immune-suppressed should speak to their personal physician before selecting this site. 

Site Goal

GMC wants to be the leading hospital system in the region—not only because it provides vital and compassionate services, but because it also invests in early intervention and preventive care. GMC wants to transform healthcare in Gwinnett County and beyond by providing the highest quality care available.

Contact

Gwinnett Medical Center
1000 Medical Center Boulevard
Lawrenceville, GA 30045 (Map)
Handicap Accessible: Y

Site Supervisors

The Rev. Orlando Scott is an ordained Christian Church Disciples of Christ minister, and Staff Chaplain at Gwinnett Medical Center Duluth. Currently he serves as an Elder at First Christian Church Atlanta, and is a member of the Georgia Christian Church (DOC) Mental Health Advocacy taskforce.
Phone: 678.312.6990

The Rev. Robert Duvall has worked with Candler's field education since 1987. An ordained Baptist minister, Bob served as the Director of Chaplaincy at Gwinnett Health System from 1987 to 2016. He also is the co-developer and facilitator of adolescent grief education groups in Gwinnett County Schools.
Phone 678.312.4726