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Northwest Campus of Medical College of Ga. hold ribbon cutting

Oct 15, 2013 -- 5:19pm

By: Andrew Carter (WRGA News)

A new era for healthcare in Rome is now underway as the Northwest Campus of the Medical College of Georgia officially opened their doors at Rome’s historic Heritage Hall at Georgia Highlands College Tuesday.

Speaking to a large sampling of the medical community, Georgia Regents University president Dr. Ricardo Azziz commended the city of Rome and the medical community for coming together in a unified effort to facilitate the new campus.

“Rome is a great city and the community knows how to work together and work across the state,” said Dr. Azziz.

“But also Rome has truly become a medical hub of sorts, and as you grow your medical facilities you must engage in medical education because actually that creates and makes you a medical hub.”

Georgia Highlands College interim President Dr. Renva Watterson welcomed the staff of Georgia Regents University and the Northwest Campus during her remarks and said that with Highlands graduating their 40th class of nursing students this year, it is only fitting for Heritage Hall to be the location in Northwest Georgia for the education of medical students.

“It is absolutely so important because at the heart of this students; at the heart of this, student medical education. They are our future” said Dr. Watterson.

“That’s what the Rome and Floyd County community has been, they've been about action, and unified action which is terrific.”

The campus will now begin offering third and fourth year medical school students additional educational opportunities, including hands on experience at Rome’s three premiere healthcare facilities in Floyd Medical Center, Redmond Regional Medical Center and the Harbin Clinic.

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