Magnolia Foundation has launched a capital campaign for MRHC, the Thomas L. Sweat, MD, Health Education Center building fund. Hopefully you know Dr. Sweat and his life work in Corinth, Alcorn County and our surrounding counties. Dr. Sweat sees a physician's purpose as an expert in diagnosing and treating illnesses, but also to educate their patients as to how to lead a healthy life, how to manage a chronic disease, or how to better take care of their health issues. Knowledge is power and there is no doubt that the people in our communities are better because of his work.
Dr. Sweat was a major player in the creation of the MRHC Graduate Medical Education Program due to our area being under-served when it comes to primary care physicians. This program has been very successful and has grown to the point where we are splitting at the seams. We now have an Internal Medicine Residency Program, Cardiology Fellowship Program and our newest endeavor, Emergency Medicine Residency Program. This Health Education Center will provide a place for our medical students, residents and fellows to learn and will also provide a location suitable for our community health education conferences and symposiums.
The value of the MRHC GME program is most certainly undervalued. The economic impact that these young physicians and their families have in our community is enormous. 25% of physicians that have been trained in our facility have come back to Corinth to practice. From real estate taxes, use of our restaurants, grocery stores and more their presence here speaks volumes. We now have interventional cardiology, endocrinology, internal medicine hospitalists and outpatient clinicians because of our program. We are also looking forward to several more internal medicine and specialty physicians to join us in the near future. This project is is truly a win/win for our community.