Former President Jimmy Carter was born in Plains, Georgia and lives there today, but the small southern town had no practicing physician. So he’s been working with Mercer University School of Medicine on changing that and thanks to his efforts, they’re opening a primary clinic in town next month.
Dr. Jean Sumner, dean of the school, says Carter called the university’s president and explained the need for health care in town. She says he was “very involved” and that “he opened the door” for the clinic, which will have a nurse practitioner and a doctor and will help train Mercer medical students.
“Mercer is committed to rural health,’’ Sumner says. “Southwest and southeast Georgia have few health care resources. Rural communities deserve quality care.’’