ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Phoebe Putney Hospital will soon welcome a new doctor from its residency program.
John Macon of Augusta, Georgia has chosen to stay in Albany to practice once he graduates from Phoebe's Family Medicine Residency Program.
He was part of a class of five residents working to become family doctors and general practitioners.
Macon was attracted to Phoebe's program because it was exclusive to residents interested in the field, and the hospital's family-friendly environment.
"They really, really appreciate having a personal doctor and being that person for my patients really meant a lot. And as you can see, my patients they love, they love me so much. So I think in it of itself helped me decide to stay here in Albany," said Macon.
Macon will graduate with his class on Saturday.
He will start working as a hospitalist, overseeing the care of patients during their entire stay at the hospital.
He starts in August.
Because of an impending doctor shortage in South Georgia, Phoebe is stepping up efforts to retain more of its residents in their residency programs.
Phoebe spokesperson Ben Roberts said the hospital is working to expand the Family Medicine Residency Program.
There will be seven residents in the upcoming class, and eight the following year.
Roberts explained they have a goal to keep at least 60 percent of those residents to help with the doctor shortage in rural South Georgia.
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