Project Title: Rural Residency Planning and Development (RRPD) Program Applicant Organization Name: John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital Address: 915 Gordon Ave., Thomasville, GA 31792-6699 Eligible Entity Type: Rural Hospital Project Director Name: Savannah McGowan Contact Phone Numbers (Voice, Fax): 229-551-2575, 229-551-8737 Email Address: email@example.com Residency Program Director Contact Information: TBA Residency Specialty & Type: Family Medicine Rural Residency Program Sponsoring Institution: Archbold Medical Center Website Address: www.archbold.org Rural Target Area(s): Thomas County, Brooks County, Grady County, Mitchell County (Georgia) Grant Funding Amount Requested: $750,000 Program Sustainability Option: Option 2 Projected Number of Residents: 4-4-4 (12 full complement) Expected ACGME Accreditation Date: October 2023 Expected Residency Matriculation Date: July 2024 John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital is applying for this grant. John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital (Archbold) is a 264-bed hospital located in Thomasville, GA, and is the flagship hospital of Archbold Medical Center. Archbold Medical Center is a four-hospital, three nursing-home health system with 540 patient beds, over 2,500 employees, and nearly 200 qualified physician specialists. Spanning over four rural counties in South Georgia, Archbold provides quality health care for the community members in South Georgia and North Florida. John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital is a founding member of the South Georgia Medical Education and Research Consortium, focused on enhancing the medical education pipeline in South Georgia. The hospital has built capacity in teaching medical students and other health learners. Serving Thomas County, Georgia, the county has demographics similar to many poor, rural and underserved areas of the nation. Thomas County’s poverty and other socioeconomic statistics are among the worst in the nation. Therefore, it is not surprising t
hat more than 1 out of every 6 county residents currently do not have health insurance coverage. As a result of having no insurance or an inadequate amount of insurance, primary care visits, health services and prevention activities are often not accessible by these residents. Establishing a residency program will reinforce the health system’s safety net, and will provide health care access to the County’s most vulnerable. Training in a rural area is a proven strategy to improving physician workforce. Archbold will expand opportunities to train in rural South Georgia as one approach to recruiting and retaining physicians to practice. Developing a Family Medicine Program means greater exposure to the depth and breadth of practice in a rural community. Funding from the Rural Residency Planning Development Program will empower us to create a strong residency program, building a foundation that will support the hospital’s program accreditation, recruitment and sustainability. We will accomplish this by: Objectives/Strategies: 1. Convening a coalition of key stakeholders that will utilize feasibility study data and residency development strategies to identify and prioritize the accreditation and recruitment process. 2. Developing a comprehensive residency development timeline and plan (strategic plan) that articulates what the hospital wants to accomplish. 3. Expanding the understanding of medical education and residency impact to hospital and community stakeholders, targeting the need for primary health and improved access to and delivery of healthcare. 4. Achieve Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education program accreditation. 5. Recruit a diverse and dedicated class of residents to train. 6. Establish and support a data mechanism for tracking the program’s success.