GEORGIANA, AL (WSFA) - A south Alabama medical center is reacting to news that one of its doctors died over the weekend while climbing Mount Everest.
Georgiana Medical Center officials released a statement saying the news of the death of Dr. Roland Yearwood was both "devastating and heart wrenching" and remembering the doctor as a "selfless, strong physician respected by all of his colleagues."
The full statement reads:
Yearwood, 50, made a successful ascent of the world's tallest mountain. He was up more than 27,000 feet near Everest's summit when he and three others were killed, according to a report from the Associated Press. The area is often referred to as the "Death Zone" due to its thin air.
Yearwood provided primary care to south Alabama residents for the past 20 years, according to Georgiana Medical Center's website, which said he also enjoyed sailing, diving, and flying.
At the time of his death, Yearwood was working on a personal goal of climbing the tallest summit on each of Earth's seven continents.
The physician is survived by his wife, who is also a local physician, as well as two daughters.