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Regional Information

Tanner Health System has heathcare facilities and practices in Carroll, Douglas, Haralson, Heard and Paulding counties in Georgia and Cleburne and Randolph counties in Alabama. Tanner also serves area residents who live in Coweta and Polk counties in Georgia.

This nine-county region contains communities that offer small-town charm near big-city amenities, creating an exceptional quality of life.


Tanner Health System is headquartered in Carrollton, the largest city in Carroll County. Located 45 miles west of Atlanta and 90 miles east of Birmingham, Carroll County is the heart of west Georgia and forms the western boundary of metropolitan Atlanta. It is easily accessed by Interstate 20, US Highway 27 and Georgia State Routes 1, 16, 61 and 166.

Carroll County's population of more than 113,600 lives, works and plays in seven picturesque towns, ranging from the smallest, Roopville, with more than 200 residents, to Villa Rica, with a population of more than 12,800 and Carrollton with a population of more than 23,200.


Long, warm summers and short, mild winters are enjoyed in communities throughout west Georgia. The average temperature for the year is a cool and comfortable 62.2 degrees.


A wonderful place to reside, west Georgia is located conveniently within proximity of downtown Atlanta, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, one of the largest shopping malls in the state (Arbor Place mall in Douglasville) and numerous parks and recreational opportunities.

West Georgia is a thriving, progressive community—home to a vibrant arts scene with plentiful art galleries and festivals, a regional university and other post-secondary schools, excellent public and private schools and a strong local economy.

The area offers a wealth of cultural, recreational and tourist attractions to suit any taste. From theatre to arts and crafts, golf to tennis, John Tanner State Park to Macintosh Reserve, you'll find it all here. Diverse activities include community theater, community chorus, community band, children's theatre, art exhibitions, a storytelling festival, violin classes, arts and crafts attractions and special musical performances.


West Georgia provides a variety of K through 12 and collegiate academic opportunities to area residents.

County and city school systems:

Colleges and universities:

University of West Georgia
More than 10,000 students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees enroll at the University of West Georgia each year. Students enjoy a complete college life experience on the Carrollton campus, including residence hall living, intercollegiate athletics competitions and opportunities to get involved in more than 100 student organizations.

Named by The Princeton Review as one of the Best Southeastern Colleges and one of America’s Best Value Colleges, the University of West Georgia provides exceptional academic quality. Its 109 programs of study include 60 at the bachelor’s level, 45 at the master’s and specialist levels, two at the doctoral level and two at the post-master’s certificate level. Online courses are available for both undergraduate and graduate students seeking flexibility in time and location.

UWG is home to the state's only Honors College, complete with an honors curriculum. The university's Advanced Academy of Georgia is one of only about 12 US programs that allow gifted high school-age students to earn concurrent high school and college credit while living on campus in a full-time residential program.

UWG is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

West Georgia Technical College
West Georgia Technical College, with campuses in Carroll, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Troup counties, offers more than 90 associate degree, diploma and technical certificate programs of study. A unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, West Georgia Technical College is among the fastest-growing technical colleges in the state. The college serves more than 10,000 students including credit enrollment, adult education, ESL classes, continuing education and corporate training.

Georgia Highlands College
Georgia Highlands College has served the northwest Georgia community with a solid educational foundation for the first two years of college. Founded in 1970 as Floyd Junior College, GHC is a two-year unit of the University System of Georgia. It serves students who commute from throughout a large portion of northwest Georgia and northeast Alabama.

Now enrolling about 3,800 students in transfer and career academic programs, Georgia Highlands College operates additional sites in Cartersville, Marietta and Carrollton.

Other colleges, universities and technical schools located near west Georgia:

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