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Jay McAfee Continues a Family Legacy of Service to Southwest Georgia


Dr. Jay McAfee is as comfortable feeding the animals on his family farm in Lee County as he is offering lifesaving treatments to patients at the Phoebe Cancer Center.  He’s part of a team that provides comprehensive cancer care on a level simply not available in other communities our size.  He’s proud to help southwest Georgia cancer patients stay home with their families during their trying treatments.

“The Phoebe Cancer Center is top notch. We’ve got the ability to offer a level of care that far exceeds what you would expect in our service area,” Jay said.  “We provide comprehensive services similar to what major academic healthcare centers offer.  That care keeps folks right here close to home so they can stay with their families during treatment and have their support systems right where they need to be.”

Jay graduated from Albany High School, the University of Georgia and the Medical College of Georgia.  He completed his residency at the University of Minnesota, but he always knew he would come back home to practice medicine.  The opportunity to join Radiation Oncology Associates with Dr. Chuck Mendenhall, whom Jay calls the epitome of a patient advocate and cancer physician, made the transition home seamless.  The practice was also able to recruit Dr. Adam Jones, cementing that the pinnacle of radiation oncology care is available to patients at the Phoebe Cancer Center.

Jay and his wife Bethany decided to raise their children on the farm that’s been in his family for generations, and he continues to build on his family’s legacy of service.  Jay’s mother, Emily Jean McAfee, has served this community in countless ways, including 24 years of service on the Phoebe Foundation Board.  She is currently the acting CEO of the Flint Riverquarium and a Phoebe Foundation Board Member Emeritus.

“My mother has been my greatest inspiration for community involvement,” Jay said.  “I may not be able to fill her shoes, but I want to do all I can to make a difference.  Serving on the board of our community hospital is one important way that I am able to practice that stewardship.”

Jay brings a unique perspective to the Phoebe Board.  “I have an allegiance to this community because it’s always been my home.  I understand what this community needs, and as a physician who has already seen many changes in healthcare in a young career, I also help the board see how physicians want the hospital to run.”

We’re lucky that Jay, Bethany, Frances and Fort call our community home, and Phoebe is grateful Jay has chosen to volunteer his time to serve his friends and neighbors as a member of our  board of directors.