Gov. Brian Kemp and PCOM President and CEO Jay S. Feldstein, DO ’81 were among the
featured speakers at the Aug. 6 ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Close to 700 people who have a stake in the opening of PCOM South Georgia came to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the newly constructed 75,000-square-foot facility to witness Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp lend his support to the first four year medical
school to locate in the Southwest Georgia region.
Speaking from “the region that literally feeds, clothes and provides not only for
our state, but for our nation and the rest of the world,” Gov. Kemp said, “I’m proud
to say that the state saw how training world class doctors in Moultrie could be a
real game changer for our region and we have supported this effort. But it was you
all that got the ball started and we’re honored to be a part of it.”
Included in the audience were dignitaries such as First Lady Marty Kemp, Rep. Austin
Scott and multiple members of the Georgia General Assembly. The Thomasville High School
JROTC presented colors while Sadie Daugereaux (DO ’23), a member of the inaugural
class sang the national anthem following an invocation by Rev. Cornelius Ponder III.
He addressed the 55 medical students who make up the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) Class of 2023 and said, “People here in this room invested and partnered to make
your education in this phenomenal new educational resource available to you. Everyone
in this room is invested in your success.”
Dr. Feldstein promised that PCOM will work diligently to be a good corporate and educational
citizen of the South Georgia region which means “first and foremost that we accomplish
our mission and vision of educating and training the physician workforce needed in
this region of the state.”
Quoting Nelson Mandela, James Matney, president and CEO of Colquitt Regional Medical
Center and chair of the South Georgia Medical Education and Research Consortium, said,
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
He spoke to the medical students, sitting towards the front of the auditorium and
bedecked in white coats, who will begin classes on August 12, “If you really set out
with a goal, put a lot of work into it and put a lot of time into it, you can do it.”
He recalled that “a whole collaborative of people” worked together to present a proposal
for a four year medical program in South Georgia to PCOM.
“First, I must admit, they laughed a little bit. And then at closer glance, PCOM realized
there was something special about this region,” Matney said.
Kemp said, “I know that this facility will be at the forefront of improving the quality
of life for hard-working Georgians here in South and Southwest Georgia.”
He thanked the leadership of PCOM for their commitment—“their financial commitment
and their human capital commitment that they have made, a commitment to our state
to continue to make us a great place to do business and equip the next generation
of medical professionals.”
He added, “What’s so exciting about this class and this facility is we have a better
opportunity for our local kids to get educated here and to stay here where they were
raised and give something back not only to their local community, but to our state.
“Together I know we can continue to work hard every day to expand opportunities in
health care for those who need it the most,” Kemp said.
“I’m proud to be here today. I’m proud of what you’ve accomplished and I will be proud
to see these fine folks graduate in just a few years and what they will do for our
future in our state.”
The students are a diverse group with an average age of 25 made up of approximately
half women and half men, all under the age of 31. They are graduates of such Georgia
colleges as Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Augusta University in
Augusta, Berry College in Rome, Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, Georgia
Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Kennesaw State University
in Kennesaw, Mercer University in Macon, the University of Georgia in Athens, and
Valdosta State University in Valdosta.
PCOM South Georgia Chief Academic Officer Michael Sampson, DO, FAOASM, said, “We chose
the brightest and the best of the 3,138 applicants.” With a commitment to train, retain
and sustain physicians for South Georgia, he said that the medical school is working
to build partnerships with the region’s medical and educational institutions.
Dr. Sampson, who contributed to the design of the campus along with many faculty and
staff members, worked with internationally recognized architectural firm Sasaki Inc.
He said, “This facility was built to be student-centric” as it is technologically
advanced, yet friendly. JCI Contractors of Moultrie served as the general contractor.
Speaking on behalf of the PCOM Board of Trustees, Chairman John Kearney said, “Our goal for our South Georgia campus is the same as for our Suwanee campus—to
make it an important healthcare hub in training students to be leaders.”
He spoke of the South Georgia region’s hospitality. “From our first visit here, your
welcome has been extraordinary—from signs on the highway to notes in restaurants and
everywhere we stopped when we arrived. The leadership here has been exemplary,” he
The one-hour event concluded with a presentation of a key to the city by Moultrie
Mayor William McIntosh and Colquitt County Administrator Charles Cannon IV. McIntosh
said, “This key is symbolic of this community, along with the entire region, extending
and embracing welcome and best wishes to the administration, faculty, students and
staff of PCOM South Georgia.
“We’re so excited about the impact that this school will have in advancing health
care for countless individuals for many generations to come.”
Orchestrated by Tommie Beth Willis, president of the Moultrie-Colquitt County Chamber
of Commerce, the actual ribbon cutting was led by Gov. Kemp, First Lady Marty Kemp,
Dr. Feldstein and Chairman Kearney just 467 days following the groundbreaking ceremony.
“This ribbon cutting is the first step of a long road ahead of us,” Kearney said.
And the following day, orientation continued for the 55 medical students who are part
of the hope for the future of health care in the South Georgia region.
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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