One of Douglas’ own is returning home with honors, medical degrees and a family.
When Josh Vickers graduated from Citizens Christian Academy just over a decade ago he left Douglas to attend the University of Georgia. From there he went on to graduate from University of Florida College of Medicine and is now completing a fellowship at the prestigious Emory University Department of Orthopedics in Atlanta. His next move will be back home to Coffee County where he will join the medical staff of Coffee Regional Medical Center and practice at Orthopedic Surgeons of Georgia.
With his impressive achievements, Josh Vickers would be a welcome addition to any orthopedic surgery practice from metropolitan medical centers to large regional hospitals. Or he could have chosen a career in academics to help advance medical training and research. So what made him to decide to return home to Coffee County? Josh and his wife Melissa discussed all of the options and decided that now is the perfect time for Josh to realize his dream of giving back to the community where he was raised. As luck, fate, or in Josh’s view, divine intervention would have it, the right opportunity presented itself at the right time. Josh and his family will soon be packing up to return to his old stomping grounds.
“I’ve been away from home for 11 years and when it comes to small town life, I find the saying is true: the more things change, the more they stay the same. That continuity and consistency is something I want to share with my sons Joshua Benjamin (Ben) three years old, and James Weber, 11 months old. I’m grateful for my upbringing and the life lessons bestowed upon me by my family and church, and I would be proud for my children to say the same. I’m excited about moving home and looking forward to caring for friends, family and my neighbors in South Georgia. I’m eager to my bring my skills and experience to a very deserving community.”
Coffee Regional Medical Center CEO, Vicki Lewis, shares Josh’s excitement. “We’re proud to welcome Dr. Vickers back home to our community of outstanding physicians and caregivers. We are dedicated to providing the very best healthcare in our region. Our highly trained physicians, therapists and nurses work together every day to improve the health of those we serve. Dr. Vickers is very accomplished and focused on serving the needs of this community. In short: he’s a perfect fit.”
Dr. Vickers will be seeing patients as of 2018. For more information about Coffee Regional Medical Center, call (912) 384-1900.
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