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Newsmakers in business, Dec. 7
Johnny Washington Jr.

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Center for Pediatrics adds 2 pediatricians

Katherine S. Herzog and Bristol Y. Savage have joined The Center for Pediatrics at The Longstreet Clinic, which has offices in Gainesville, Oakwood, Braselton, Buford and Baldwin.

Herzog is a graduate of Mercer University and earned her medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia. She completed pediatric residency training at Palmetto Health Richland/USC School of Medicine in Columbia, S.C. Before joining TLC, Herzog practiced at Bayside Pediatrics in Tampa, Fla. She is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a fellow with the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Savage earned her medical degree at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and completed pediatrics residency training at the Emory University in Atlanta. She is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. As a pediatric inpatient specialist, she provides specialized medical care to children who are admitted to the hospital.

Fockele Garden Co. earns Healthcare Design award

The Fockele Garden Co. has received Healthcare Design magazine’s 2014 Landscape for Healthcare Communities Gold Award.

The award is the magazine’s highest honor. Fockele Garden, based in Gainesville, was the only company to receive the award.

Fockele Garden was recognized for its work on four therapeutic gardens at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. Since 2009, Fockele has built Anne’s Garden, the Wilheit-Keys Peace Garden, Nell’s Prayer Garden and the Pope Family Garden. All were funded through signature gifts to The Medical Center Foundation.

The four gardens are part of the hospital’s vision for developing outdoor therapeutic spaces. Anne’s Garden, the Wilheit-Keys Peace Garden and Nell’s Prayer Garden are all adjacent to the North Patient Tower and their connectivity allows patients, their families, visitors and staff patients to meander from one garden to the next. The Pope Family Garden is an interior garden in the South Patient Tower and is accessed through the Women and Children’s Pavilion.

“Experiencing a garden environment is shown to reduce stress, and the gardens at the medical center were designed with patients, their families, and staff in mind to provide a respite from stressors often experienced in a hospital,” said co-owner Julie Evans, who designed the gardens along with fellow co-owner Mark Fockele.

Jurors noted several aspects of the gardens in the award, including textural variety and year-round color and the number of plants used throughout, including 80 varieties in the Wilheit-Keys Peace Garden and 60 varieties in Anne’s Garden. Nell’s Prayer Garden includes a donor’s heirloom climbing rose that was handed down through multiple generations and an old-fashioned blue mophead hydrangea.

Washington joins Georgia Sports Medicine

Johnny Washington Jr. has joined Georgia Sports Medicine at The Longstreet Clinic in Gainesville.

He joins Amy E. Borrow and Stephen R. Fisher in treating athletes of all ages.

Washington earned his bachelor’s degree and his medical degree at Florida State University. He completed his surgical residency at the Atlanta Medical Center Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He also completed a fellowship in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Washington is a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the Arthroscopy Association of North America. He is board eligible with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Washington has medical staff privileges at Gwinnett Medical Center and Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Washington is welcoming new patients at offices in Suwanee, Buford and Dacula.

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