Healthcare Access
in South Georgia

Residents of South Georgia have access to excellent healthcare throughout the 22 counties of Locate South Georgia. Fourteen hospitals operate in the region with a combined total of more than 2,400 patient beds (Source: American Hospital Directory). Seven of our medical centers rank in the state’s top 20 according to Georgia Trend magazine, December 2022.

Healthcare providers of all types provide excellent, patient-focused service with modern technology at their disposal. From orthopedists to dentists and oncologists to pediatricians, and everything in between, the healthcare professionals are here to serve residents.

Top Hospitals in Georgia by Size, Georgia Trend magazine, December 2022

Facility City Statewide Ranking
Large – 250 or more patient beds
John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital Thomasville #22
Phoebe Sumter Medical Center Americus #18
South Georgia Medical Center Valdosta #19
Medium – 100-249 patient beds
Colquitt Regional Medical Center Moultrie #20
Crisp Regional Hospital Cordele #22
Tift Regional Hospital Tifton #8
Small – Fewer than 100 patient beds
Coffee Regional Medical Center Douglas #8

The region is working to attract more physicians to the area. With studies showing that physicians educated and trained in a region are likely to remain in the area to practice medicine, the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in Moultrie, Georgia graduated its inaugural class of doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) students in 2022. PCOM South Georgia added a two-year Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences program in fall of 2020.

Additionally, our area’s colleges and universities are graduating more than 1,600 healthcare practitioners each year at all levels.

Rural Hospital Tax Credits

Individual and corporate taxpayers who contribute to qualified rural hospital organizations (RHOs) in Georgia may receive income tax credits. South Georgia’s 14 medical centers are qualified to participate in the Georgia HEART Hospital Program to assist them with the marketing and administration of the RHO expense tax credit program. Together, these facilities and Georgia HEART are “Helping to Enhance Access to Rural Treatment.”

After four years in effect, our medical centers have received more than $30 million in contributions. These funds have been used to provide needed equipment and facility updates and to attract quality doctors and nurses to South Georgia.