MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - Members of the community, partners and representatives were all in attendance Thursday morning to see the groundbreaking for the new home of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM).
The four-year medical school will allow students to study every medical specialty. PCOM officials hope this will allow the graduates to practice in South Georgia.
"You know we hope to help the entire region by turning out physicians who will stay in the region," said PCOM CEO Jay Feldstein. "Hopefully, we hope to attract students from the area, who grew up here, who went to college here, go to medical school, do their residencies here and practice in the area."
Moultrie Mayor Bill Mcintosh said this is a great opportunity for not only Moultrie but all of the South Georgia regions.
"We are delighted to have the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine establish a campus here in Moultrie and Colquitt County," said McIntosh. "For this whole region, it's gonna have a tremendous impact on health care for South Georgia for many years to come."
Those who attended Thursday's groundbreaking shared in the excitement.
"We are really excited to be part of the South Georgia community," said CAO Carrie Collins. "And look forward to bringing healthcare, better healthcare, increased access to healthcare to the entire 38 counties in the South Georgia region."
Members of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine said they aren't just going to focus on Moultrie or Colquitt County, but any region in the South Georgia area that they can help.