Key to good medical care is more and better access.
Candler Medical Group, in an attempt to provide citizens of Metter and Candler County with additional access to primary medical care, has added to their staff Dr. Jason Glow.
Dr. Glow is an important part of Candler Medical Group living up to its theme of “Right place, right time, right city.” That city is Metter.
Dr. Glow comes to Metter from Richmond Hill, Georgia, but he is a native of Macon. He attended Mercer University on a tennis scholarship and received a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. While an undergraduate at Mercer, he was involved with the school’s ROTC program.
After graduation, he was commissioned into the United States Army and received an educational deferment to attend Mercer Medical School. He also received an Army scholarship for the study of medicine.
Following graduation from medical school, Dr. Glow received three years of training at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.
“I had a lot of specialty care training there,” he states. Then, he completed his eight year Army commitment with stints as a Clinical Staff MD at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and as a Brigade Surgeon at Fort Stewart in Hinesville, Georgia. During his military career, he served on two deployments.
According to Marty Ray, public relations officer for Candler County Hospital, Mercer Medical School does a good job of promoting rural health, a subject near and dear to Ray’s heart.
He says that Mercer is introducing a new program that is designed to help rural communities with producing doctors who are committed to working in rural areas.
Dr. Loy D. Cowart of Candler Medical Group is currently in discussion with administration at Mercer Medical School to establish a residency slot in a rural community, Metter specifically.
All of this is a part of Candler Medical Group’s desire to better serve the people of their hometown. The group is offering more and better access through the Leon Curry Urgent Care Center, housed in the same building as Candler Medical Group. All of the doctors in the group are involved in the Urgent Care Center as well as coordinating with Candler County Hospital.
At the hospital, Ray points out, the Emergency Room has been renovated, there is a new radiology suite with updated equipment, and an in-house lab. All of these work together with the doctors’ office to expand the possibilities of receiving excellent medical care at home in Candler County.
“Primary care is the whole gamut,” asserts Ray, “From ultrasounds, low dose CT scans, X-rays, mammography, and the lab.” Infusion services are also offered. All of this is available without leaving town.
Currently Candler Medical Group is staffed with two full-time and one part-time medical doctors as well as two Nurse Practitioners and one Physician’s Assistant. The telephone and computer systems in the building have all been updated.
Ray points out that all of this expands availability of service to patients. He adds that much of the technological updates at Candler Medical Group are supported by the excellent internet services that come through Pineland Telephone.
Dr. Glow brings with him a great deal of experience in many aspects of medicine.
“For several years, I have taken care of young kids, but now I am seeing more elderly patients and expanding my experience,” he says. So far, he has had a pleasant experience making the transition to being a doctor in a rural community.
“The military is different,” states Dr. Glow. He says that now he is excited to be practicing medicine and meeting people.
He adds that he has been trained in full-scope acupuncture and has worked with opioid abuse in the past. “I desire to keep the community as healthy as possible,” he assures.
Because of his military background, Dr. Glow and others at Candler Medical Group are excited to see the VA Choice program that is developing.
They encourage any veterans and their dependents who might qualify for Veteran’s Administration services to ask about VA Choice as an option that will allow patients to be seen locally instead of having to travel to other cities to a VA clinic.
Ray and Dr. Glow agree that they want people to know the staff at Candler Medical Group means it when they say, “Come here and we will take care of you!”
As Metter and Candler County welcomes Dr. Glow to our medical facilities and community, also welcomed are his family. His wife is Heather and they have two children, 5-year-old Brennan and 3-year-old Arya.
Currently, Candler Medical Group is open for appointments Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Friday until noon. The Urgent Care Center is open seven days a week. Monday through Friday’s hours are 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. They are open on Saturdays from 10 until 5 and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Patients are reminded that telehealth options remain available as do face-to-face office visits.