Dougherty County Medical Society Members Dr. Melinda Greenfield, right, and Dr. Karen Lovett, center, present a $2,500 check to Darton State College Interim President Dr. Paul Jones. The donation will benefit the Darton College Foundation and are earmarked for Health Sciences Department scholarships. (Special Photo: Amy Fix)
ALBANY — The Dougherty County Medical Society recently donated the proceeds from its annual Riverfront Run to help with scholarships at Darton State College.
The medical society attracted more than 250 walkers and runners to its 5K and 1-mile Riverfront Run events Oct. 6 as a way for physicians to show the community the importance of incorporating physical activity and exercise into their daily routines.
At the organization’s annual holiday party on Dec. 3, medical society members presented a $2,500 check to Darton Interim President Dr. Paul Jones to benefit the Darton College Foundation, which administers scholarships for prospective students.
The proceeds from the medical society’s donation will go directly to help students who enroll in the school’s Health Sciences Department, which educates and prepares students in a variety of health care related fields.
According to Dougherty County Medical Society Executive Director Amy Fix, the donation is the organization’s way of helping to support the school, which Fix said is one of the leading producers of health care professionals in Southwest Georgia.
“The society wanted to give money back to the community which supports it,” Fix said. “Darton sends so many graduates into health care jobs in the area. That’s where a large portion of the work force comes from.”
School officials were pleased to receive the donation as a means of helping aspiring health care professionals get the education needed to pursue careers in that field.
“We’re thrilled to get the donation, but it’s more than just getting scholarship dollars,” said Darton’s Dean of Institutional Advancement Tracy Goode. “This was really a wonderful way for us to partner with the medical society in promoting the importance of physical fitness and exercise.”
The medical society, which comprises physicians residing and practicing in Dougherty County, is a non-profit organization chartered in 1955 for the purpose of promoting the science and art of medicine to improve public health.