The award was presented to Daniel Dunn, past chair, Moultrie-Colquitt County Development
Authority, and PCOM President Jay S. Feldstein, DO ‘81, along with a number of PCOM staff members and community members in attendance at
GEDA’s annual awards luncheon.
In accepting the award, Dunn said, “Our region is known for its agriculture and every
year billions of seeds are planted in the fertile ground around South Georgia. We
watch these seeds take root and in a short time grow to produce the products which
feed and clothe our nation.”
Comparing PCOM South Georgia to a seed, he said, “A seed has now been planted that
has begun to grow, take root and will transform health care in not only Moultrie,
but also the South Georgia region and the entire Southeastern United States.”
He thanked the many partners who made the award possible, including PCOM for “believing
in the vision.”
In accepting the award, Dr. Feldstein thanked Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp who spoke at
the campus’ ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 6, 2019 and PCOM’s partners in the project. He said to the audience of
about 400, “The greatest compliment would be for you to have a graduate of PCOM South
Georgia as your doctor.”
After learning of the award, Jim Matney, chair of the Moultrie Colquitt County Development
Authority and president of Colquitt Regional Medical Center said, “With PCOM choosing
to come to the region, we have and continue to see the economic impact. We look forward
to a long relationship as we help them grow and expand educational opportunities for
According to the award nomination form submitted before the school opened by Darrell
Moore, former president of the Colquitt County Development Authority and currently
the executive director of the Valdosta State University Center for South Georgia Regional
Impact, “The project will have a transformational impact on medical education and
health care throughout South and rural Georgia.”
The nomination form discussed the partnerships that were crucial for making the campus
a reality for the region. “The Moultrie site provides easy access to physicians in
Thomasville, Tifton, Valdosta and Albany (as well as other rural hospitals) that will
be critical to the long-term success of the project. The whole process requires continued
support from partners throughout South Georgia. The project would not have been possible
without a truly regional team,” according to the application.
The award has been presented by GEDA for 13 years which recognizes recipients in four
categories – Small – a county with a population of 50,000 and under; Mid-size – a
county with a population of 50,001 – 100,000; Large – a county with a population of
more than 100,000; and Regional – any multi-county effort.
According to GEDA, the “Deal of the Year” awards honor outstanding achievement in
the location or expansion of new businesses in Georgia that meet community economic
development goals and involved significant community program support.
In 2019, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), a premier osteopathic
medical school with a storied 125-year history, 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. PCOM is a private, not-for-profit
institution that 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 region. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 229-668-3110.
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