ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Phoebe Putney Health System will hold a groundbreaking on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 on the new Southwest Georgia Medical Student Housing Complex.
Representatives from various healthcare organizations and colleges will gather at 11:00 a.m. at the site located near the corner of West Fourth Avenue and Jackson Street.
Thanks to the new housing complex, South Georgians could see a rise in physicians.
"This entire region will have an opportunity to recruit healthcare clinicians to their area and we are definitely in a part of the state that is underserved in that capacity," Phoebe Foundation executive director Lauren Ray says.
Medical students need to find a healthcare system to complete their clinical rotations and affordable housing plays a big factor in where students decide to go.
The hospital hopes that they can retain a majority of the students who live in the new complex to combat the need of more physicians in the area.
"Giving them a safe, affordable, and convenient housing opportunity, that's really a staple. Everybody has to have that piece of the puzzle in place for everything else to work," Ray adds.
Recruitment has already begun throughout the state and Ray expects there to be a waiting list.
The project consists of two phases.
Phase I is an apartment-style complex that will house forty students. Officials hope to have it open by June 2017.
Phase II will come later in the future allowing the opportunity for more future physicians to come to the area.