Around 500 South Georgia community members celebrated PCOM South Georgia at a groundbreaking
A broad cross-section of South Georgia’s healthcare, education, development, political
and community leadership came together in Moultrie, Georgia on Thursday, April 26,
2018, for a groundbreaking ceremony for PCOM South Georgia.
Georgia Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony and commended
PCOM leadership for their vision in establishing the new regional campus focused on
rural Georgia, comparing the investment to former Governor Zell Miller’s vision of
expanding the Savannah seaport.
“Today, because of that vision, what we celebrate is the fastest growing port in the
nation,” Cagle said.
“We’re going to have a groundbreaking, but this is really a commemoration of what
the future is going to look like for South Georgia,” he added.
Cagle emphasized that physicians are more likely to stay in South Georgia if they're
educated in the region and match to local residencies.
Cagle also praised the foresight of leaders from the region in partnering with PCOM
so that South Georgia citizens will have access to "world class health care."
“I am confident that the future of this institution, but more importantly the future
of South Georgia and Georgia as a whole is in better hands because of people just
like you,” he said.
Bert Brantley, Chief Operating Officer of the Georgia Department of Economic Development,
explained how PCOM South Georgia will impact the region’s health care, increase the
area’s competitiveness and have a positive effect on the region’s economy.
“Any time a new physician moves into a community, that generates not only his or her
job but an additional five jobs that come with it and a $1.6 million economic impact
on a region,” he said. “It also generates $1.4 million in healthcare savings as people
don’t have to travel as far and can get health care closer to where they are.”
“The vision that brought us to this place and the efforts of so many individuals and
organizations to make this additional location possible will yield results that we
simply cannot foresee on this day,” he said.
Feldstein acknowledged Georgia legislators, local officials, college presidents and
hospital administrators who have all pledged to partner with PCOM South Georgia.
“Through educating healthcare practitioners, we can and will help improve health and
reduce the burden of illness in this region of Georgia,” he added.
The groundbreaking ceremony was held at the 31-acre site of the new facility which
is located off Veterans Parkway and Tallokas Road. PCOM board, faculty and staff members
who attended the Moultrie ceremony were greeted by “Welcome PCOM” digital signs and
banners placed in front of local businesses. The ceremony was livestreamed so many
others—including those on the PCOM campuses in Suwanee, Georgia, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—could join in the festivities.
PCOM South Georgia essay contest winners, Julia Patterson, a senior at Abraham Baldwin
Agricultural College, and Zizi Ohamadike, a junior at Lee County High School, were
recognized at the ceremony by Georgia Campus PCOM Dean H. William Craver III, DO, and Southwest Georgia Area Health Education Center Executive Director Laura Calhoun,
who presented the pair with certificates and scholarship checks.
Cagle lauded the South Georgia Medical Education and Research Consortium, chaired
by Colquitt Regional Medical Center CEO Jim Matney, which he said was developed “in
order to cast a vision for what the future can look like and being steadfast in your
commitment to see this day come to a reality.”
He applauded the “innovative partnerships” among several South Georgia hospitals including
Phoebe Putney Health System in Albany, Archbold Medical Center in Thomasville, Tift
Regional Medical Center in Tifton, South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta and Colquitt
Regional Medical Center in Moultrie.
“To see this institution, to see the community step up to fill this gap, obviously
it’s going to have a lasting impact,” Cagle said.
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) extended its commitment to the
Southeast by establishing PCOM South Georgia, an additional teaching location in Moultrie, Georgia. PCOM South Georgia offers both
a full, four-year medical program leading to the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)
degree and a Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences degree. PCOM is a private, not-for-profit
institution which trains professionals in the health and behavioral sciences fields.
Joining PCOM Georgia in Suwanee in helping to meet the healthcare needs of the state,
PCOM South Georgia focuses on educating physicians for the South Georgia region. The
medical campus, which welcomed its inaugural class of medical students in August 2019,
has received accreditation from the American Osteopathic Association's Commission
on Osteopathic College Accreditation. For more information, visit pcom.edu/southgeorgia or call 229-668-3110.
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