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News Nearby: MLK Day Parade, Eastside Medical Unveils New Wing

Snellville's second annual Martin Luthr King Jr Day parade exceeded expectations and more than 800 people attend the opening of a new hospital wing.

Here's a short excerpts from recent news in nearby Snellville.

MLK Day Parade a Success

Both Shiloh and South Gwinnett high schools were involved in this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr., Day parade,  adding energy, enthusiasm and excitement to an event that drew hundreds of people.

“I think that the diversity we have in Snellville has allowed people to feel at home here,” said New Jerusalem Baptist Church’s Rev. Elijah Collins, “and not feel like they have to leave Snellville to celebrate the day. It gives the community an opportunity to celebrate the King Day in their own hometown.”

Collins, who organized the event along with the city of Snellville, invited local officials and musicians to perform on the Snellville stage at City Hall after the event.

Former Snellville councilman Melvin Everson, now the Executive Director and Administrator of Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity, spoke to the crowd and marched in the parade with Mayor Kautz.

"As the former city councilman, I'm so proud of my city right now," Everson said. 

Read the full story on Snellville Patch.

Eastside Medical Center Unveils New Wing

More than 800 people attended the unveiling of the new tower at Eastside Medical Center on Jan. 17, 2013.

The tower features advanced technology that includes a hybrid OR suite, one of only two in the state of Georgia. Three floors are currently ready for use, with an additional three floors ready for expansion should they need the space.

A large operating room for robotic surgery is among the new additions to the wing. Eastside Medical Center was the first hospital in Gwinnett County to receive the da Vinci SI robot, which can perform minimally invasive surgery that reduces the risk of infection and recovery time.

During the tour, hospital staff allowed visitors to try out the process, which includes sitting behind a machine and maneuvering the “hands” of the robot (see video) while viewing a three-dimensional enhanced view of the operating area.

In addition to Snellville, the hospital also draws patients from the Lilburn area who will benefit from the nwe wing and technology.

Read the full story on Snellville Patch.

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