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Inspired Giv Frank Circelli and Emily Brantley have given $1.5 million to improve and save the lives of premature and critically ill infants in their community G iving involves matters of the heart, and for Frank Circelli, the decision to give to Gwinnett Medical Center was no exception. Circelli has a passion for family and a set of personal experiences that make giving back to his community a high priority. "I wanted to give to a place that I felt deserves it," says Circelli, founder and chairman of Gem Shopping Network. "My youngest daughter was born at GMC in 1995 at the Gwinnett Women's Pavilion. They treated us so well, even while expertly navigating an 'uncooperative' umbilical cord wrapped around my precious daughter's neck during the birth process. So, you see, my heart is with Gwinnett Medical Center and the Gwinnett Women's Pavilion." "Frank Circelli is an amazing man," Lynch says. "He's charismatic. He's driven. He's focused. And he cares about people. He cares, and that's why he wanted to give back." According to Manfred Sandler, MD, chairman of the GMC Foundation board, Circelli's generosity and desire to give to GMC are not surprising. "Frank is a dear friend of mine, and he is dedicated to Gwinnett and the people who live here. This is where he built his business, and he wanted to give back," Dr. Sandler says. "It only seems fitting that he would support GMC, a hospital system that prides itself on transforming healthcare in the community he loves." Care and Passion The Circelli family has generously given $1.5 million in gifts and pledges to help improve and expand the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Gwinnett Women's Pavilion. Circelli and his wife, Gwinnett County judge Emily Brantley, live in and love Gwinnett. "We think the people here are some of the kindest people we've ever met," Brantley says. "We may be different in a lot of ways, but one thing that we all seem to share is a good heart. Frank and I really want to give back to this community." Brantley says that she and Circelli discussed ways to give several times before she found out he had settled on giving to the NICU. "It wasn't until we went to a Foundation retreat that I learned he had decided to earmark the funds to the neonatal unit," she says. "He told me that he was 'given a chance by God,' and he now wanted to help 'give a chance to the babies in the NICU.' " Additionally, the NICU is of special interest to Brantley, who had to travel into Atlanta to visit her first According to P.J. Lynch, CEO of Gem Shopping Network, Circelli's caring and passionate nature drives his desire to give. Frank Circelli, left, with Manfred Sandler, MD. 50 WINTE R 2 013 Gift reCiPients

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Vim & Vigor - Winter 2013 - Gwinnett Medical Center

Vim & Vigor - Winter 2013 - Gwinnett Medical Center
Phil’s Feature
Heartfelt Purpose
Not Too Busy to Beat Cancer
Got Excuses?
Managing Your Health with a DIY Tool Kit
Is It the Stress Talking?
The Wonderful World of Greens
Knee-to-Know Basics
On the Cover
Run for Your Life
14 Good-for-You Gifts
Special Delivery
Virtual Health
PrimeTime Health
Inspired Giving
Heads Full of Hope
Out of the White
Transforming Healthcare

Vim & Vigor - Winter 2013 - Gwinnett Medical Center