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FALL 2017

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88 FALL 2017   PracticeLink.com live & practice "The whole county has done a great job to preserve the small-town atmosphere while still providing all the services of a bigger town." Hospital is its affiliation with a multihospital system. "It has the depth of resources of a large corporation as opposed to a freesta nd ing com mu n ity hospital," Judy says. Life in Franklin seems to echo this best-of-both-worlds theme of having the comfort of a southern community with a high quality of life, infused with some of the energy and action of nearby Nashville. " W e ' r e l o c a t e d 17 m i le s sout h of Nashville. That is a convenient place to have a hub of health care," said Matt Maxey, PR coordinator for Visit Franklin. "Williamson County, where Franklin is located, is the most aff luent county in Tennessee. Lots of physicians and folks in the health care industry live here. We have the top school system in the state." Maxey says Franklin has a distinct southern feel, especially when one strolls down the historic downtown Main Street area. "The whole county has done a great job to preserve the small- tow n at mosphere wh i le st i l l providing all the services of a bigger town," he says. These services, of course, include golf. Maxey says Franklin has two public golf courses and about 30 private clubs. He also says the P g A hosts a tournament in Franklin in June each year. Col l i ns is ju st one of t he physicians who takes advantage of the area's great golf. He especially enjoys Hermitage Golf Course, a public course that was rated top public course in the state of Tennessee by P g A.com. "I like to get out and play during tournament times. It's a great way to talk to people, to get to know people over four and a half hours," Collins says. "Our area has some of the most beautiful golf courses." When Collins first considered attending Meharry Medical College, he had a certain picture of the area in mind. "The only thing I thought was that it was a country music city. Boy, was I wrong. Nashville epitomizes diversity. It's a city heav y on education, [with] lots of colleges and universities. The city and the surrounding suburbs are growing exponentially. It's a great central hub. When I first came here, I was surprised! But now I'm very, very glad to call it home." Augusta, Georgia Any conversation about top golf towns in the United States would be incomplete without Augusta, Georgia, home to the Masters Tournament. Golf fans flock to Augusta each year in April to participate in the festivities. "We have a little tournament here that's pretty fun," says John Farr, M.D., chief medical officer of Doctors Hospital in Augusta, referring to the Masters. "Golf is real big here. We have lots of options. We can play golf here year-round, 365 days out of the year." Farr started golfing in college. His interest in medicine developed even earlier, after his grandfather passed away from a heart attack. While at the Medical University of South Carolina, Farr focused his studies on family medicine. He was interested in the emphasis on preventive medicine and the deep r e l a t i o n s h i p s t h a t family physicians have with their patients. Farr served in the A r my a s a fa m i ly physicia n for 21 yea rs, 16 of which he spent at Dwight David

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