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1CountyLineDecember2015 decEMBER 2015 Skip Putnam Chief Executive Officer Northside Hospital-Forsyth CountyLine December 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net2 The Arbor Company has nearly 30 years of dedication and experience delivering the highest quality care to their residents. We have four care levels from minimal to full assistance and Bridges and Evergreen memory care programs. Arbor Terrace of Johns Creek is available for occupancy Reserve your apartment today and enjoy savings as one of our Charter Club members Call or stop by to talk with Beth Richardson Executive Director about the many advantages of living at Arbor Terrace of Johns Creek. Beth Richardson Arbor Terrace of Johns Creek is dedicated to serving seniors who are looking for an elegant warm and social environment. While in our care our professional staff will provide individualized programs and services continually fostering deep connections and delightful moments. 770-999-9577 3180 Karen White Drive Suwanee 30024 off Peachtree Pkwy just 1.2 miles north of McGinnis Ferry Rd. Schedule your personal tour today. Models available 3CountyLineDecember2015 Were honored to serve you Its an honor to be recognized as the nations leading hospital for maternity and newborn care. Look a little closer and youll discover that Northside performs more surgeries and diagnoses and treats more breast and gynecologic cancer than any other hospital in Georgia. While people choose Northside for our expertise they also know us for our exceptional compassionate care. Visit us online at CountyLine December 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net4 COVER STORY 16 MAKING HEALTHCARE BETTER FOR EVERYONE DEPARTMENTS 6 From the Publisher 14 Paparazzi 24 Day Trippin Madison Georgia FEATURES 8 The New Forsyth County Jail 22 Home School at Sawnee Mountain Preserve 26 flood student community missions 16 5CountyLineDecember2015 COUNTYLINE COMMUNITY 10 Johns Creek Elementary Recognized as a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School 12 Cyclists and Businesses Team Up for Homeless Children 15 Northside Hospital Introduces Gamme Knife Perfexion Technology 21 Optimists Support Foster Families BUSINESS FOCUS 28 Perimeter School 30 Modern Obstetrics Gynecology 22 26 248 CountyLine December 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net6 S ince 2004 Northside Hospital-Forsyths Chief Execu- tive Officer Skip Putnam has applied his business acu- men and experience to oversee the expansion of the hospital. Be sure to read this cover story about Skip the skills and experience he brought to the Northside Hospital-Forsyth campus and how both he and the hospital have grown to make healthcare in our community better for everyone. Skip it was a pleasure to get to know you better The rapid growth of the population of Forsyth County caused existing facilities such as the jail to become inadequate. In late September the new Forsyth County jail opened. Be sure to read about this incredible state-of-the-art facility that was built to serve the current and future needs of the County. Attention Home School parents You will definitely want to read about the Home School program offered by Forsyth County Parks and Recreation at Sawnee Mountain Preserve Taking a day trip to Madison Georgia any time of the year is an incredible way to spend the day but in December there is even more to see and do. From beautiful homes in many different architectural styles to a variety of places to shop and eat be sure to read about visiting Madison in December and the special events taking place this month. Students from local high schools that sign up for a flood mission trip experience the many benefits of giving of themselves to help others. Read more about flood student community missions and find out more about what this organization offers students and the recipients of their many service projects. The business focus this issue is on Perimeter School and Modern OBGYN. Perimeter School is a covenant school where students know they are loved love to learn and learn to serve. Be sure to read about the small class sizes parent and teacher partnerships and service to others that are part of the education and benefits offered to each child at Perimeter School. With two officesin Johns Creek and on the Northside Hospital- Forsyth campushusband and wife team Drs. Ingrid and John Reyes and newly added to the practice Dr. Natu Mmbaga are proud to offer state-of-the-art and personal care for their patients. Be sure to read about the minimally invasive robotic surgery and in- office procedures that Modern OBGYN is proud to offer their patients. Enjoy the photos enjoy the reading and enjoy this issue of CountyLine I wish you all a Joyous Holiday Season Respectfully Judy Le Jeune Publisher From the Publisher 7CountyLineDecember2015 Publisher Judy Le Jeune 678-787-3551 Editorial Advertising 678-787-3551 Graphic Design Summertime Graphics Writers Susan Segat CoverCover Story Photography Mark Najjar Atlanta Studios On the Cover Skip Putnam Chief Executive Officer Northside Hospital-Forsyth CountyLine is published by Sugarcane Communications LLC. No advertising editorial or photographs in CountyLine may be reproduced without the permission of Sugarcane Communications LLC. 25859 copies of this issue were delivered to all the homes and businesses in the east half of Johns Creek and South Forsyth. CountyLine 3651 Peachtree Parkway Suite 222 Suwanee GA 30024 678-787-3551 For all your skin care needs 1230 Bald Ridge Marina Rd Suite 300 Cumming GA 30041 Across from Costco 3370 Paddocks Pkwy Suwanee GA 30024 Off 141 Close to BP Gas Station 3850 Pleasant Hill Rd. Duluth GA 30096 Between Peachtree Industrial Buford Highway 3331 Hamilton Mill Rd. 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With this growth the existing facilities such as the jail and the courthouse became inadequate to serve the needs of the County. The existing jail had been built in 1976 with a maximum capacity of 72 inmates. In 1997 an addition to the facility nearly doubled the capacity by adding space for 62 inmates bringing the total capac- ity to 134. As the population of the County continued to grow in 2009 two-person bunks were replaced with three-person bunks increasing the total capacity of the jail to 227. With no more room to expand the fa- cility could no longer house all the inmates and they were moved to the facilities of neighboring counties. This was not a cost-effective solution and also caused additional transportation expenses when inmates were required to return to Forsyth County for their court ap- pearances. The need for a new jail with room to house all the inmates in our County was many years past due said Sheriff Duane Piper. The newly built jail is designed to meet the current and future needs of For- syth County. In the early 2000s government officials began the pro- cess of putting a bond on the ballet to raise money to build a new jail and a new courthouse. After three failed bond attempts they looked for another option and put Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax SPLOST VII on the November 8 2011 ballot. It passed with nearly 52 voting to raise the 100-million budget for the buildings with the SPLOST one cent sales tax increase. In January 2012 the Board of Commissioners approved and assembled a SPLOST VII JailCourthouse Project Team to review preliminary planning documents bud- gets and scheduling. They continued to meet on an as needed basis to manage the building process through completion and continued to consult with the Board of Commissioners the project manager and the architect. The Project Team members were Commissioners Todd Levent and R.J. Pete Amos Chief Judge of the Supe- rior Court Jeffrey Bagley Sheriff Duane Piper Finance Director David Gruen Public Facilities Director David Thornton Director of Procurement Donna Kukarola County Manager Doug Derrer and Cumming Mayor Ford Gravitt. A small building on the site where the new jail was going to be built was demolished and a groundbreak- ing ceremony took place on Monday July 8 2013. The new jail building was opened and occupied in late Sep- tember. The process of moving inmates over from the by Judy Le Jeune The New Forsyth County Jail Forsyth County Sheriff Duane K. Piper in one of seven pods. 9CountyLineDecember2015 old jail building and bringing them back from other fa- cilities took several days. The new Forsyth County jail has a maximum ca- pacity of 608 inmates housed on four floors in the 177000-square foot building. There are seven pods and each pod has the capacity to house 64 inmates. Each pod has tables for eating meals a closed-circuit system for inmates to communicate from the pod with their family or their attorney and a television. Each pod is kept clean by inmates housed in the pod. There are sixteen cells in each pod and each cell holds four inmates. There is one cell per pod that is designed to house disabled inmates and meets the standards of the American Disabilities Act. There is also a sepa- rate area that can house up to 126 inmates requiring maximum security. A multi-purpose room holds classes for inmates to study for their GED and also holds reli- gious services. There is a full-purpose kitchen that is equipped to feed all inmates up to maximum capacity a laundry facility and an area with medical staff. The infra-structure of the building was constructed for fu- ture expansion that is prepared to double the capacity. Future expansion would build out into the area that is a parking lot and was the location of the previous jail building. County Manager Doug Derrer said of the new jail Over time and under the strains of Forsyth Countys unprec- edented growth the previous jail had outlived our com- munitys needs. At the time it was constructed Forsyth Countys population was approximately 23700 today the countys estimated population exceeds 204000. The new jail is without question a critical component of the countys public safety infrastructure. The build- ing was designed with staff efficiency and the countys future growth in mind. The new jail includes enhanced security features one example of which is the connec- tivity of the jail and new courthouse via a bridge to al- low for the secure transport of inmates to court. The Booking Area Johns Creek Physical Therapy 770-622-5344 4060 Johns Creek Parkway Suite H Suwanee GA 30024 Behind Tires Plus FREEDOM TO CHOOSE Did you know a doctors referral is no longer needed to come to Physical Therapy Did you know you can choose your Physical Therapy provider Come find out why patients prefer Johns Creek Physical Therapy Come experience The Way Therapy Should Be Personalized Service 16 Years of Experience Convenient Parking Single Story Building Most Insurance Plans Accepted Appointments within 24 hours CountyLine December 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net10 On September 29th then Secretary of Educa- tion Arne Duncan recognized 335 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2015 based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student sub- groups. These schools demonstrate that all stu- dents can achieve to high levels. Out of the 335 schools across the nation Johns Creek Elementary is one of onlynine schools in the state of Georgia to be awarded this prestigious honor this year. Prin- cipal Alyssa Degliumberto said What an amazing honor and privilege it is for Johns Creek Elementary School to be named as one of the nations 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools. We are so proud that the dedication and hard work of our students staff and parents is being recognized on a national level. This honor recognizes your students accomplish- ments and the hard work and dedication that went into their success Duncan said in a video message to the awardees. Your journey has taught you col- laboration intentional instruction and strong rela- tionships in school and with your community. You represent excellencein vision in implementation and in resultsand we want to learn as much as we can from you.The Department honored 285 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony on November 9-10 in Washington D.C. Johns Creek ElementaryRecognized as a2015 National Blue Ribbon School The students are challenged in such unique ways. Jennifer Althardt Preschool Mom Call 770-888-4477 to schedule a tour today 955 Peachtree Pkwy. Cumming GA Board Certified Pediatric Dentist One Doctor Practice Children of All Ages Treated Parents Welcome in Treatment Areas In-Network with Most Insurances Low Radiation Digital X-rays Sedation Special Needs Dentistry 678-822-9818 10475 medlock bridge road suite 501 johns creek Happy Holidays 11CountyLineDecember2015 Our pediatricians are standing by this Thanksgiving Christmas and New Years Day. And with our online scheduling you can get in line before you leave home. Learn more at choa.orgurgentcare. CHILDRENS AT FORSYTH 410 PEACHTREE PARKWAY CUMMING CHILDRENS AT NORTH POINT 3795 MANSELL ROAD ALPHARETTA HOLIDAY HOURS 9 AM TO 7 PM 2015 Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta Inc. All rights reserved. If you think your childs illness or injury is life-threatening call 911. We accept walk-in patients during business hours. Hours may be affected by unanticipated circumstances. Visit choa.orgurgentcare for real-time updates. We treat fractures. Even on holiday breaks. CountyLine December 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net12 On Sunday December 13th local cyclists and businesses are teaming up to help bring socks and underwear to the homeless student pop- ulation of Forsyth County. Last year over 750 students in Forsyth County Schools were identified as homeless. These students often struggle for basic necessities including undergarments. Local business owners cy- clists and teachers are looking to change that with their 5th Annual Un- derwear Ride on Sunday December 13th . Since August 1st weve identified over 350 students living in homeless situations in Forsyth County Schools and we expect that number to be over 700 by May said Homeless Education Liaison for Forsyth County Schools Kim Bolivar. She added While there are several wonderful or- ganizations that provide resources for these students and their fami- lies sometimes providing them with basic needs such as underwear and socks proves difficult. This non-competitive ride whose entry fee is an unopened pair of chil- drens socks or underwear is a community-wide event benefiting the Homeless Education Program in Forsyth County Schools. Kicking off at 9am at Dutch Monkey Doughnuts located at 3075 Ronald Reagan Blvd in Cumming cyclists will have the option of riding either a 25 or 50 mile loop throughout Forsyth and Cherokee Counties. For more information about or to pre-register for this event please call Brian DeRose at 404-713-5933 or email him at Cyclists and Businesses Team Up For Homeless Children Whitney Cook MD Obstetrics Gynecology Sujatha Vivek MD FACOG Board Certified in Obstetrics Gynecology 6300 Hospital Pkwy Ste 375 Johns Creek GA 30097 I 3400A Old Milton Pkwy Ste 300 Alpharetta GA 30005 P 770.771.5270 I 13CountyLineDecember2015T CountyLine December 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net14 Paparazzi NICK LEPPO MARC STEWART HOLLY CASEY JAMIE LEE STUART MILLER THERESA ADAMCZYK DANIELLE HOSIER BRIAN DEROSE KENT AND SUSAN DAVIES TAMMY COLE DEANNA COURTNEY 15CountyLineDecember2015 The Northside Hospital Cancer Institute NHCI continues to add to its already robust radiation oncology program. Beginning in November the newly reno- vated and expanded Northside Hospital-Forsyth Cancer Center began to offer the latest treatment for malignant and benign brain tumors and functional and vas- cular disorders. The addition of the Gamma Knife Perfexion unit to the Neuro Oncology pro- gram at the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute is a significant benefit to hundreds of patients requiring treatment of both benign and malignant brain lesions said Dr. Peter Possert medical director of Northsides Gamma Knife Program. Gamma Knife surgery is a non-invasive alternative to traditional brain surgery. Despite the name theres no blade or knife. It delivers precisely focused high-dose beams of radiation to selected areas deep within the brain without a scalpel and without the usual risks of surgery or an incision.This type of radiosurgery is typically performed in a single outpatient treatment session without general anesthesia. For patients this means they will undergo a non-invasive form of brain surgery without surgical risks a long hospital stay or subsequent rehabilitation said Dr. Possert. The Northside Hospital-Forsyth Gamma Knife team consists of highly skilled and experienced radiation oncologists neurosurgeons medical physicists and nursing staff dedicated to providing patients with the most technologically advanced means of treating brain tumors and functional and vascular disorders. Treatments are covered by most insurance companies and Medicare. For more information visit Northside.comCancerInstitute or call 770-292-7037. NORTHSIDE HOSPITAL INTRODUCES GAMME KNIFE PERFEXION TECHNOLOGY With Parents and Teachers after hearts and not just minds a school day can be your best day Investigating Perimeter School dates Friday November 6th Friday January 22nd Friday February 5th 630 PM Register at www.perimeterschool.orgadmissions Or contact Lori Azemar at 678.405.2307 CountyLine December 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net16 17CountyLineDecember2015 A s chief executive officer of Northside Hospital-Forsyth Skip Putnam has been responsible for expanding the services provided at the hospital to meet the needs of this rapidly growing area. His priorities have focused on the goal of making healthcare better for everyone and available locally. To accomplish this goal Skip has faced and overcome many challenges but the process of expanding services offered at the hospital and the ultimate success achieving this goal have been and continue to be extremely gratifying and re- warding for him. When Skip went to work for Northside Hospital Inc. in 2002 he brought with him experience as a business owner a graduate degree in busi- HEALTHCARE BETTER FOR by Judy Le Jeune MAKING EVERYONE CountyLine December 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net18 ness administration and the desire to apply what he had learned about business through education and hands-on experience. His passion for business has been with him since he was a child. The eldest of three children Skip was born and raised in Roanoke Virginia. His mother was a teacher until he was born and she stayed at home to raise Skip his brother and sister. His father owned an insurance agency that became one of the most successful agencies in the state. As a child I admired the passion that my father had for his business and watched him grow it from nothing into one of the largest agencies in Virginia said Skip. This instilled in me the desire to succeed in business-focused endeavors and I planned to accomplish this by educating myself in business practices and learning about business through practical experience. Skip received a Bachelor of Science from Davidson College in 1976. When I graduated I knew that I wanted to own my own business and learn from hands-on experience said Skip. He had visited friends in Atlanta liked what the city had to offer and bought a printing business there the next year. I didnt know anything about the printing business he said. Though I did learn the practical processes of printing the most valuable lessons for me were learning to sell my services and time on the presses to both individual and corporate clients and developing skills in methods of customer service to retain and grow my client base. After successfully operating and growing his own business for five years Skip was encour- aged by his friends and family to go back to get his Masters in Business Administration MBA. He enrolled in a two-year program at Georgia State University taking classes and continuing to run his business. He sold the printing business graduated with an MBA in 1984 with a concentration in Accounting and went to work for Arthur Andersen as a staff accountant. Skips client focus was on the profit and not-for-profit sector of the healthcare industry. His clients were hospitals physicians practices and nursing homes and Northside Hospital was one of his clients. From staff accountant Skip was promoted after four years to manager and six years later he was made a partner in the firm. In 2002 he accepted the position of vice president with Northside Hospital Inc. in charge of the acquisition process of the Cherokee and Forsyth County locations. When Skip came on board Northside was start- ing the process of integrating both the Cherokee and Forsyth locations into their system. Cherokee had previously been an equal partnership between Northside and the Hospital Authority of Cherokee County and the Forsyth location was being acquired from Baptist Medical Center. For the next two years Skip oversaw the integration of both locations. In 2004 Skip moved from the Cherokee campus to take over as the chief executive officer of the Forsyth campus. It was his responsibility to execute Northside Hospitals goal to grow the services offered at this location and to expand the facilities. The population in Forsyth and the neighboring counties was growing rapidly and it made sense to expand the services provided here so they would be available locally instead of having to travel to Atlanta said Skip. We were very fortunate to have an excellent staff already in place and we continued to add to the staff as the facilities and services grew. Today there are over 2300 physicians and more than 2000 support staff working at Northside Hospital-Forsyth. When the hospi- tal was acquired in 2002 the capacity was 41 licensed beds three operating rooms and 10 beds in the emergency department. The growth has been continual since that time adding floors to the hospital building and bringing the current total of licensed inpatient beds to 231. Along with new buildings and floors added to the hospital new services have been add- ed and others have expanded. In August 2008 the Womens Center opened to provide the same nationally-acclaimed labor and delivery services neonatal care and high-risk perinatal 19CountyLineDecember2015 care that had been offered at the Womens Center at Northside in Atlanta. I am extremely proud of the growth here that has resulted in this hospitals ability to provide comprehensive healthcare services to the local community. As the population here has grown so has North- side Hospital-Forsyth. And as the population ages the expansion of specific services such as those for cancer detection and treatment have become even more critical to serve the healthcare needs of our community. Early detection and treatment of cancer is so critical for positive out- comes emphasized Skip. As a system Northside Hospital detects and treats more cancer than all but five other systems in the country. The Northside Hospital Cancer Institute NHCI diagnoses and treats more cancer cases than any other community hospital in Georgia. NHCI is fully accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and one of only 10 hospitals in the country to receive the Commission on Cancers Outstanding Achievement Award for four consecutive sur- veys.Other sectors of healthcare at the hospital have also continued to grow along with the buildings on campus. Construction is currently in progress on sixth seventh and eighth floors that will add 16 licensed and more than 36 observation beds to the hospitals capacity. The sixth floor will house the mechanicals for the floors under construction and potentially for a ninth and tenth floor that could still be added in the future. When hes not working at the hospital Skip enjoys spending time with his family and has numerous hobbies. He met his wife Jan who was a client of his printing business and they married in 1981. Their son Jeff lives in Atlanta and is an attorney. Skip describes himself as a huge fan of all sports and enjoys watching either in the stadium or on television at home. He is especially dedicated to the Falcons and Braves. As a big fan of the sport of hockey he is disappointed that Atlanta no longer has a team. He plays golf with his son Jeff but quickly admits that Jeff is the better player. Skip likes to read science fiction fantasy books and comic books a passion he has had since childhood. Its not unusual for twelve-year-old boys to buy and read comic books but as a boy Skip bought read and saved his comic books. He especially liked Marvel comic books and their charactersSpiderman Avengers Captain America Hulk X-Men. He continued to save every comic book he bought and today Skip has a collection of over 10000 comic books He also has a collection of Pez holders and other memorabilia that he has saved since childhood. Skip is a collector of things that he likes and that have special meaning for him. Among those things are miniature cranes given to him by Batson-Cook the general contractor for all the building expansions at the completion of each project. This is an incredibly exciting time to be in the healthcare industry and specifically here in Forsyth County it is very gratifying for me to know that Northside Hospital-Forsyths growth as a healthcare provider has made things better for the people in this community said Skip. To be a part of improving the quality and scope of services that we provide is a role of which I am very proud to have had and look forward to continuing into the future. Skip has been able to apply and improve upon his skills as a leader in business. Serving as the chief executive officer of a hospital that has been able to grow to serve their community has brought him both professional and personal gratification and the opportunity to make healthcare better for everyone. This is an incredibly exciting time to be in the healthcare industry and specifically here in Forsyth County it is very gratifying for me to know that North- side Hospital-Forsyths growth as a healthcare provider has made things better for the people in this com- munity said Skip. CountyLine December 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net20 Mods mod batteries E-Cig Kits E-Juice eGo Batteries Coils The Primary Care Center for Your Entire Family Infant Adolescent Adult Geriatric Accepting All Patients New Old With Extended Hours Monday - Friday 8AM 6PM We Accept Most Health Plans A Collaborative Wellness-based Encounter Just for You eMedical Associates 3075 Ronald Reagan Blvd Suite 501 Cumming Located across from The Collection at the southeast intersection of Peachtree Pkwy and Ronald Reagan Blvd Visit us at a.k.a. Encounter Medical Associates Primary Care Clinic To Make An Appointment Call 678-736-6000 21CountyLineDecember2015 The Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club contributed 1500 to the Forsyth County Community Connection to support the organizations Foster Family Initiative. The goals of the initiative are to increase the number of foster homes to help ensure the placement of children in For- syth County and to provide continuing support for foster families. Three years ago when the Forsyth County Community Connection started this initiative we had only three fos- ter homes in the county explained Marcie Kreager board chair of the Community Connection. Through the efforts of the Community Connection and many others supporting this vital need we now have 37 foster homes. But we still have almost 40 children who need families so our goal is 80 foster homes. We are grateful for the donation from the Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club and we appreciate their support in helping us reach our goal she said. Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club president Randy ODell commented The motto of the Optimist Club is Bring- ing Out the Best in Kids. The Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club is proud to contribute to the Foster Family Initiative of the Forsyth County Community Connection.We have a mutual regard for the well-being of children and we are proud to support an organization that is so important to our community. For more information about the organization and the Foster Family Initiative go to their website at www.con- or call Niki Colella at 770-205-1701. For information about Optimists contact Randy ODell at 404- 791-2189 or Optimists Support Foster Families Randy ODell pres- ents a 1500 check to Marcie Kreager to support the Foster Family Initiative. To schedule an appointment call 404-300-9931 9810-B Medlock Bridge Rd. 104 Johns Creek 30097 1st Choice Sports Rehab Center Sports Chiropractic Physical Therapy Massage Dr. Lauren Cortjens is a highly specialized sports chiropractor who has pursued years of post-graduate training. As an athlete herself she understands the mindset and emotions involved while training and preparing for competition. Her practice is devoted to the treatment and prevention of athletic injuries and she is certified in Active Release Techniques ART and Fascial Distortion Model for the treatment of soft tissue related conditions. Dr.Cortjenscanhelpyouwithrepetitivestressandotherinjuriescausedby CrossFit Cycling Golf Running Soccer Swimming Lauren Cortjens DC CCSP CF-L1 CFE Uthan Vivek MD FACS FRCSUK Board Certified Vascular Surgeon Varicose Veins P.A.D. Aneurysm Carotid Disease Diabetic FootLeg Ulcer Leg Pain 1-800-VEIN-DOC 6300 Hospital Pkwy Ste 375 Johns Creek 407 East Maple Ste 101 Cumming 770.771.5260 Providing Optimum Vascular Treatment CountyLine December 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net22 I n 2008 Forsyth County Parks and Recreation ini- tiated a program at Sawnee Mountain Preserve SMP to provide environmental education and field trip opportunities for private public and home school students. They arranged for naturalists that are independently contracted to facilitate the classes and field trips. The goal of the Sawnee Mountain Preserve Environmental Education programs has been to provide activities that are safe fun enriching and designed to increase environmental awareness and promote pres- ervation conservation and stewardship explained Jo- seph Daugherty program supervisor. Last year Joseph decided to do an internal review of the Environmen- tal Education programs at Sawnee Mountain Preserve. One of the things he found was that they werent meet- ing the needs of home school families. What I saw is that private and public school programs are age and grade specific and are concerned with meeting required Georgia performance standards said Joseph. But that was not the case with students that are in home school. To improve the Home School program Joseph met with parents and researched other home school programs. He found that the goal for home school par- ents was to instill a love of science in their children. I realized that to meet the needs of these students we needed to change the perspective of our program and tailor it to their specific needs. The students that at- tended often brought along their parents siblings and other extended family members. Our focus needed to be on the family not just the individual student and the major goal had to be to create a love of science in these students said Joseph. Instead of trying to make home school fit into the structure of the public and private school field trip Jo- seph developed a 12-week Home School program to include anyone in the family and for each member to participate at their own level of interest. The goal of the Sawnee Mountain Preserve Home School program is to provide an experience that enables the students to grow in their love for science. Each session of the pro- gram has a specific theme and offers students and their family members an experience in which they can learn science skills through exploring the Sawnee Mountain Preserves trail system directly observing forest eco- systems participating in citizen science and conduct- ing live experiments. Though parents or guardians are not required to participate they often do. The program meets at the SMP Visitor Center every Wednesday from 1pm to 230pm. The theme for the fall program is Citizen Science which is public participation in scientific research dur- ing which members of the public engage in science investigation by asking questions collecting data and interpreting results. A highlight of this program was a Chattahoochee River Clean-up field trip. Students gathered at Chattahoochee Pointe Park and were by Judy Le Jeune HOME SCHOOL AT SAWNEE MOUNTAIN PRESERVE Home School students collect- ed garbage while paddling in canoes on the Chattahoochee River Clean-up field trip. 23CountyLineDecember2015 transported to Settles Bridge. They listened to a presentation on water ecology and litter reduction given by Kevin Smith of Keep Forsyth Beautiful followed by canoe instructions and water safety information provided by Joseph Daugherty. The stu- dents accompanied by an adult family member or a representative from the Natural Resources Management Division of Forsyth County Parks and Recreation paddled in a canoe from Settles Bridge back to Chattahoochee Pointe Park. While canoe- ing they collected trash from the river participating in river clean-up. Home School parent Lisa Saghinis daughter was on the Chattahoochee River Clean-up field trip. Lisa said Its obvious that Joseph and everyone involved the highly qualified in- structors and guest speakers like Kevin Smith at Keep Forsyth Beautiful pour their hearts and efforts into the privilege of educating future naturalists.The students are the fortunate beneficiaries of their extensive combined knowledge.They love learn- ing about science in general but especially enjoy the hands-on experiences that a home school class like this can providethey learn and then actually head out into the environment and put the classroom education into action. I think this translates very effectively into teaching the students that they are empowered to do their part in preserving their local resources. The theme for the spring program will be Science is Fun. Each week will feature a different topic from Fossils to The Magic of Weather. Among many other activities there will be a hike to the Indian Seats at the top of Sawnee Mountain and a guest speaker who will talk about Cherokee folklore. The program is from February 25th through May 20th and will conclude with a party featuring tree climbing and a zip line. For more information on Home School at Sawnee Mountain Preserve or to register for the spring program email Joseph Daugherty at or call 770 781-2217. The goal of the Sawnee Mountain Preserve Home School program is to provide an experience that enables the students to grow in their love for science. Todays College Admissions Process is Complex Time Consuming and Competitive We offer College Admissions Planning Services for grades 8-12 Free Initial Consultation Call 770-203-0300 Denise Eccleston Owner 2-time Forsyth County Counselor of the Year HECA Member Aim for the Future will help guide you throughout the college admissions process. CountyLine December 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net24 I t is because of a gentlemens agreement in 1864 that Madison stands today as it did before the Civil War. During his March to the Sea from Atlanta to the coast of Georgia General Sherman was destroying everything along the path. Senator Joshua Hill a resi- dent of Madison and a friend of Shermans brother from their days together at West Point struck an agreement to spare Madison from destruction. As General Slocum led his troops for Shermans Union Army toward Madi- son Joshua Hill led a delegation to remind Slocum to stand by the agreement not to burn Madison. It is be- cause of Hill that the homes built prior to the Civil War remain today as exquisite examples of Greek Revival Plantation Plain Queen Ann Gothic Revival Antebel- lum and Victorian architecture. Madison was incorporated as the seat of Morgan Coun- ty in 1809. On the stagecoach route from Charleston to New Orleans Madisons population grew as the cotton economy prospered during the first half of the 1800s with most of the homes that remain today built be- tween 1830 and 1860. The 90-minute drive from the county line to Madison has much to offer in addition to historic homes. With over 150 antique dealers spe- cialty shops and eating options from classic Southern food to sweet treats there is much to see and do in Madison. A few highlights to be sure to include during a day trip to Madison Heritage Hall Built in Greek Revival style in 1811 by Dr. Elijah Evans Jones this home had several other owners including one who moved the home 200 feet from its original location when he sold some of the land to the Method- ists to construct a sanctuary. A private residence until 1977 the last private owner was Sue Reid Walton Man- ley. Upon her death Manleys granddaughter donated the home to the Morgan County Historical Society. Of particular interest in addition to period furnishings are the window etchings inscribed by members of Dr. Jones family. Open Monday - Saturday 11am to 4pm Sunday 130 to 430pm Rogers House and Rose Cottage Built in 1809-10 Rogers House is an excellent example of Piedmont Plain architecture. Restored using photo- graphs and records from archives this home remains today as it was in the late 1800s. Over the years it has had 17 owners. Rose Cottage was built in 1891 by Adeline Rose who had been born into slavery. She earned her living doing laundry for 50-cents a load. Rose lived in this home for 68 years until her death in 1959. In 1996 the City of Madison moved Rose Cottage to its current location. Open Monday - Saturday 10am to 430pm Sunday 130 to 430pm African American Museum This museum is in the Horace Moore House that was built around 1895 and moved to its current location when the museum was founded in 1993. Opened to by Judy Le Jeune photography courtesy of the Madison-Morgan Convention Visitors Bureau The Joshua Hill House DayTrippin Madison Georgia 25CountyLineDecember2015 preserve the heritage and contributions of African Americans the museums mission is to research col- lect educate and preserve the history and art of Afri- can American culture. Open Tuesday - Friday 10am to 2pm Saturday noon to 4pm Madison-Morgan Cultural Center This Romanesque Revival building was once one of the first graded public schools in the South. Today it is a non-profit multidisciplinary history performance and visual arts center that has a permanent history exhibit of the Piedmont region of Georgia in the 19th century a restored classroom an Arts and Crafts gallery with original furnishings from that period and period furni- ture dating from 1850. Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am to 5pm Sunday 2pm to 5pm December in Madison During the month of December there is even more to see and do Madisons annual Tour of Homes will have Day Tours on December 3rd 4th and 5th from 10am to 4pm and Candlelight Tours on December 4th and 5th from 5pm to 9pm. The tours are mostly of homes in the National Register Historic District and include a stroll through the holiday-decorated downtowns of Madison and Rutledge. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra per- forms at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center on the evening of December 3rd . The Rotary Club of Morgan County presents their 34th Annual Madison Christmas Rush Classic on December 12th . This Peachtree Road Race qualifier has a 5K 8K and a 1-mile fun run. For more information visit To purchase Holiday Tour of Homes tickets visit www. Stop by the Welcome Center open ev- ery day for information on the audio walking tour of the historic district. Madison-Morgan Cultural Center Reproductive Surgical Specialists is a full-service practice that specializes in the diagnosis management and treatment of female reproductive abnormalities in patients ages 8 and up. Our board-certified physician Dr. Carla Roberts brings over two decades of experience as a reproductive specialist gynecologist and endocrinologist and offers both surgical and non-surgical services in a soothing and elegant environment. We oer a full spectrum of GYN services Adult and pediatric gynecology Comprehensive well woman exam Call Today 770-292-2670 1800 Northside Forsyth Dr Suite 380 Cumming GA 30041 Kind Compassionate Skilled Care Including additional expertise in Reconstructive surgery of uterus tubes ovaries cervix vagina and labia Endometriosispelvic pain Fibroid surgery Other comprehensive womens services CountyLine December 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net26 H igh school students today are often thought of as self absorbed or me-focused. There are over a thousand area high-schoolers from 16 different schools that crush that stereotype. These students have signed up for a 12-month mis- sion trip. This mission trip is a little different because the stu- dents dont need to get a passport get shots make travel arrangements or pack a suitcase. They stay right here in the Atlanta area and provide hope to many through service projects organized by flood student community missions. They do this by providing meals and needed items to the homeless playing and loving on children living in poverty preparing and delivering meals to fami- lies in poverty assisting widows with home projects visiting and loving on the elderly living in nursing homes assisting with needs at an addiction recovery center for men and much more. Johns Creek High School 10th -grader Shawn Fortune shares flood means being part of something bigger than yourself. Life is tough and it was meant to do with help. I serve because I feel that its what God has called us to do and it all goes back to being part of something greater than yourself. flood founder Kimberly Scales started flood student community missions eight years ago because mid- dle and high school students had a desire to serve someone other than themselves. The mission teams are made up of over 1000 students that have es- tablished chapters in 16 metro Atlanta high schools including Johns Creek High School Northview High School South Forsyth High School and Lambert High School. The mission teams are made up of student leaders who are responsible for organizing and lead- ing 7-15 mission projects for which students from their high school chapters have signed up. Rebecca Sivak a recent UGA graduate and flood alum says flood was an opportunity for me to grow as a leader and learn to love other people. It radical- ly and totally changed my high school experience. Mishael Porembski has experienced the impact of love and hope from flood students. She is a mom of two young girls and was unexpectedly widowed when she was pregnant. She shares that flood stu- dent community missions has been helping her fam- ilys garden with amazing students for a couple of years now. She was walking and talking with her daughters when her 10-year-old daughter turned to her and said Mom I wont be an angry teen- ager when I get older. Im going to be like those cool Christian teenagers that help at our house from flood Mishael says that comment stopped her in her tracks. flood is helping our family with so much more than the much appreciated yard cleanup The students are making an impact on my daughters by showing them the kind of teenagers they want to be. Fun Cool Faithful and Helping Others. flood student community missions by Susan Segat flood student volunteers at Corners Outreach in Atlanta 27CountyLineDecember2015 Lambert High School students Brayden and Bryce Segat see flood as a way to collaborate with stu- dents from other schools to achieve a common goal. flood is a way to break down high school rivalries and work together toward providing hope to those less fortunate. Brayden and Bryce re- cently attended a Night of Worship sponsored by Johns Creek High School with their cousin from an Alpharetta high school. Bryce said Usually when high school students meet it is in a competitive environment. It was cool to be united in a fun and encouraging atmosphere. As well as serving with a dozen community pro- grams flood students make a direct impact on their own schools during flood week. Dur- ing flood week there is a concentrated effort to spread kindness to students and faculty that in- cludes activities from providing treats for special needs students to assisting the custodial staff during lunchroom cleanup. The outcome of flood week is a huge change in the mood and the atmo- sphere of the school for that week states Kyler Volmer a senior at South Forsyth High. Shawn Fortune further explains flood is different from other high school organizations and groups because its not just a gathering of students who meet on a certain day. flood requires something outside of school to fully understand what flood is about. That experience is something that cant always be provided in school. Currently floods greatest needs are to be able to hire area coordinators and provide the necessary resources to keep up with the growth of the high school chapters. flood relies on the generosity of parents the community and corporate donors. To find out more about flood student community missions visit or follow flood on Facebook at Flood Student Missions or on Twitter at servewithflood. Debbie Cortjens 770.331.6855 Liz Ryan 404.713.6023 Now is the time to Sell Your House Our 2015 sold listings were on the market an aver- age of 21 days and sold for 98 of asking price. Call us to see what your home is worth CountyLine December 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net28 Perimeter School a covenant Christian community where students know they are loved love to learn and learn to serve. Know they are Loved Our commitment to small class sizes is a hallmark that allows us to employ a discipleship model of instruction. In this environment we are able to pour into children the truth of who they are in Christ. Our teachers choose to invest in not only the academic interests but also the heart development of each child creating a unique bond between teacher and student. Instruction includes celebrating that each child is a person who has the ability to think create and express BIG thoughts. At Perimeter School children are taught that GOD is in them NOW and He has just as great of plans for them today as He has for their future. Love to Learn We are compelled to get off the grid of convenience for the sake of the child. We have found that having teachers and parents in partnership as the syncing of the home and school is what best engages the growth of students. In the early grades parents are actual teachers in the classroom on Fridays forming lasting relationships between other parents and students alike. Our curriculum is broad and deep presenting the child with a feast of learning. Our commitment to preserving childhood is woven into the fabric of our schedule providing time and space for exploration. We believe education should be positive and fun engaging the childs imagination and curiosity. Learn to Serve Being a part of our covenant family means living in community with one another having shared values and working together to teach and nurture our children. Our parents are committed to growing together serving one another and serving beyond these school walls. Our families grow close through serving together during quarterly community-wide service projects. We also work together to support our established schools in Tanzania and Guatemala. Our students graduate and go on to earn the reputation of servant leaders in their schools churches and communities. Perimeter School a covenant Christian community where students know they are loved love to learn and learn to serve. Come see us Call to schedule a tour or join us at Investigating Perimeter School November 6 2015 January 22 2016 February 5 2016 630 PM Register today at www.perimeterschool.orgadmissions We are a ministry of Perimeter Church. We are a covenant school which means being a mem- ber in good standing of an evangelical church is a prerequisite for our Admissions process. 29CountyLineDecember2015 10305 Medlock Bridge Road Johns Creek GA 30097 770.622.3081 www.harrynorman.comatlantanorth Celebating Happy HolidaysHappy HolidaysHappy Holidays 10305 Medlock Bridge Road Johns Creek GA 30097 770.622.3081 www.harrynorman.comatlantanorth CountyLine December 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net30 W ith no time to be sick in pain or have sur- gery the physicians of Modern OBGYN know that educating women with different options for surgery is important. Dr. John Reyes Dr. Ingrid Reyes and newest addition Dr. Natu Mmba- ga understand that one way of helping women in this busy world is through minimally invasive surgi- cal options via robotic surgery and in-office surgi- cal procedures. There are so many great options for women Dr. John Reyes said. Its our job to get that information to them and make them aware they dont need large incisions long hospital stays or painful recovery times. Minimally invasive robotic surgery allows the physi- cians at Modern OBGYN to operate through just a few small incisions. Featuring a high-definition vi- sion system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human wrist da Vinci enables them to operate with enhanced vision precision and control. As the first surgeons to perform da Vinci robotic sur- geries at Emory Johns Creek Hospital the husband and wife team Dr. Ingrid and Dr. John know some common issues that can be addressed with robotic surgery are hysterectomies ovarian cysts pelvic pain and heavy bleeding. Striving to do their best for the women in the community Dr. John said Its a blessing to be able to do minimally invasive and robotic surgeries on patients suffering from long- standing issues such as infertility from endometrio- sis fibroids or pelvic adhesive disease. Caring for patients in their own practice since 2010 and adding Yale University-trained Dr. Mmbaga in September Modern OBGYN is able to care for more patients and now at two different office locations Johns Creek and Cumming on the Northside For- syth campus. Along with compassionate care for patients and their needed surgeries Modern OBGYN strives to give ex- pecting mothers the support they need by making sure that the mothers know their doctor personally. Youll always know us and well always know you Dr. John said. No surprises when it comes time to deliver Dr. John says the best part about building doctor-patient relationships is We can help them become pregnant and come full-circle to care for them during their pregnancy and delivery. Its the full spectrum of caring for whats so important to a womans lifeher health and her family. Modern OBGYN also provides routine annual exams Pap smears HPV testing irregular cycles meno- pause and other common womens issues. The phy- sicians perform robotic surgery at both Emory Johns Creek Hospital and Northside Hospital-Forsyth. State of the Art Medical Care for Women Available in Johns Creek and Cumming For more information please visit our website We are located at 10692 Medlock Bridge Road Suite 100-A Johns Creek GA 30097 and 1800 Northside Forsyth Drive Suite 360 Cumming GA 30041. 404-446-2496. 31CountyLineDecember2015 CountyLine December 2015 www.CountyLineMagazine.net32