Medscape Medical News recently named LaGrange the best small town in the southeast to practice medicine in for 2014.
Medscape researchers divide the country into six regions then evaluate cities in each by various life factors and practice quality — including cost of living, tax burden, physician density, competition and malpractice claims per capita — found from a variety of nationally available data groups.
LaGrange made the top of the list, with its low cost of living, proximity to Atlanta, schools’ quality and access to recreation and industry.
“In LaGrange, you can find anything you are looking for,” said Dr. Margaret Schaufler, a longtime gynecologist on the West Georgia Health medical staff. “It’s a beautiful location with plenty of recreation and top educational opportunities both locally and regionally.”
Options abound in Troup County for physicians new and familiar to the area, WGH officials said, from recreational activities through West Point Lake to employment through multiple medical facilities.
West Georgia Physicians, the physician organization associated with West Georgia Health, has added several new physicians to the organization, bringing new faces to the area along with their medical expertise in a variety of specialty areas.
The community lends itself to new people, with help seemingly around every corner, officials said.
“Since I have moved to LaGrange, I have been pleasantly surprised by the support I have received from (West Georgia Health) as well as the local community,” said Dr. James Parker, a new family medicine physician practicing at the West Georgia Physicians West Point Clinic. “It is such a blessing to be in a community where perfect strangers are willing to give advice on where to shop, restaurants to try and places to get needed services.”
The people of LaGrange and Troup County, along with the many amenities found locally, make the area a great place for physicians to live and practice medicine, local physicians added.
“The physician community is supportive of each other and proud of the quality of care they deliver to patients in the area,” Schaufler said. “I have no regrets after 30-plus years of practice here.”