On Thursday April 26 at 11 a.m., individuals and organizations from across the South Georgia region will take part in an event to mark the beginning of construction for Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (PCOM’s) newest location—PCOM South Georgia.
The ceremony will be held at the facility’s planned home on 31 acres near the intersection of Tallokas Road and Veteran’s Parkway. The 75,000-square-foot building will house a four-year osteopathic medical program.
“We’re really thankful for the local support and the community support we’ve received to date,” said PCOM President and CEO Dr. Jay Feldstein. “With that ongoing support, we’re really excited about how successful this program can be, not only for the local community, but for the entire region of South Georgia.”
“Collaboration is key to the success of PCOM’s regional endeavor,” he added.
The participants in the groundbreaking event, according to PCOM officials, highlight the collaborative nature of the project. Natalie Shell, a music student from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in Tifton, will sing the national anthem. Laura Calhoun, executive director of the Southwest Georgia Area Health Education Center headquartered in Albany, coordinated an essay contest in conjunction with the groundbreaking. JB Crumbs, a Thomasville caterer, will prepare refreshments and Dr. Nanci Scheetz, a faculty member at Valdosta State University, will provide sign language interpretation. The Colquitt County High School Marine Corps JROTC from Moultrie will present colors.
Scheduled speakers at the April 26 ceremony include Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle and former State Representative Amy Carter of Valdosta. Carter, the recently appointed Georgia deputy commissioner for rural development, will speak about health education as an integral aspect of rural prosperity.
PCOM will also host an information session for prospective students on Thursday, April 26 at 4 p.m. at ABAC.
PCOM South Georgia is a private, not-for-profit four-year additional location of the fully accredited Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, a multi-program institution of educational excellence founded in 1899. Located in Moultrie, Georgia, PCOM South Georgia is being developed to help meet the healthcare needs of the South Georgia region. Initial accreditation has been received from the American Osteopathic Association’s Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation. With a planned opening date of August 2019, PCOM South Georgia will offer the doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) degree to 55 initial medical students. For more information, visit www.pcom.edu or call 229-798-4710.
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