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Phoebe Sumter Medical Center

As a true not-for-profit health system, Phoebe is operated by a volunteer board drawn from the community it serves. They serve without pay, volunteering time and expertise. They set policy, create goals, evaluate management’s performance, and ensure Phoebe operates in the best interest of the community. Below you can learn more about our volunteer governing board members for Phoebe Sumter Medical Center.


Robbie Latimore, EdD | Chairman

Robbie Latimore, EdD, is retired as the vice president of academic affairs at South Georgia Technical College.

She also served as vice president of student services, director of instruction, department head and business education instructor. She is a volunteer with the Harvest of Hope Food Pantry, and the Community Service Ministry. She and her husband, Frank, have three children and five grandchildren.

Frederick McLaughlin, EdD | Vice Chairman

Frederick McLaughlin, EdD, is a professor of biology at Fort Valley State, where he teaches microbiology.

He has earned numerous degrees, including Doctor of Education from Argosy University in Sarasota, Florida. He and his wife, LaVerne, have one child.

Brian Church

Brian Church, is chief financial officer and chief administrative officer for Phoebe Putney Health System.

He joined Phoebe in 2014 after 12 years at a large not-for-profit healthcare system in southwest Florida. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Kristin Collier, MD

Kristin Collier, MD, is a general surgeon at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center and serves as the Medical Director for Outpatient Practices.

She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Georgia, then went on to earn her Medical Degree from the Medical College of Georgia’s School of Medicine in Augusta. She completed her General Surgery Residency at the Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon.

John Crisp

John Crisp, is the President and CEO of Georgia Cold Storage Co. and Gulf States Cold Storage Co, which operates freezers and coolers in South Georgia and Alabama.

He has served on the Southland Foundation Committee, the Sheriff’s Youth Homes Golf Tournament committee, and the Sumter One Committee for Sumter County, GA PDA.

Sandra Daniel, Ph.D., RN

Sandra Daniel, Ph.D., RN, is the Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, GA.

She is actively involved in community service organizations and state/national professional organizations. Currently she serves on the Board of Directors of SOWEGA-AHEC and the Sumter Faith Clinic.

Bardin Hooks

Bardin Hooks, is an attorney and cofounder of  Arnold & Hooks, LLC.

He serves as a board member of the Americus Housing Authority, and is a former board member and treasurer of the Americus-Sumter County Hospital Authority. He and his wife, Hayden, live in Americus and have one son.

Edward Jackson

Edward Jackson, is the deputy director for New Horizons Habitat for Humanity.

He is involved in many civic organizations, including Americus-Sumter Rotary Club, a participant in the 2020-2021 South Georgia LEADS program and Director of Guide Right – a national service program sponsored by Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity for the education and occupational guidance of youth.

Dale Lawson, MD

Dale Lawson, MD, is the Emergency Room Director at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center.

Dr. Lawson is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Georgia Academy of Family Physicians and is Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. She and her husband, Rick, have two daughters, Morgan and Jordan.

Alton Marcus, Sr.

Alton Marcus, Sr., has been a member of the Americus community for more than 20 years.

He is the district manager for Dollar Tree Stores and owns a small real estate and property management company. He is actively involved in his church, Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church,  and has served as a financial officer on the Board of Trustees.

Vic Patel

Vic Patel, is the general manager of Best Western Plus Windsor Hotel in Americus.

He is currently a member of Best Western International Future Leaders Group and a past member of the Sumter Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as well as the Tourism Council.

Scott Steiner

Scott Steiner, joined the Phoebe family in March, 2019.

He previously served as CEO of four Tenet hospitals in Detroit, MI. He began his career in healthcare administration as Director of Physician Network & Development for a hospital in East St. Louis, IL in 1992. Scott and his wife, Tracy have two daughters. Scott is a member of the Phoebe Health System, Phoebe Hospital, Phoebe Sumter, Phoebe Worth, Phoebe Health Ventures and Phoebe Physicians Boards.

Sandra Zornes, MD

Sandra Zornes, MD, is chief of pathology and director of the clinical laboratory at Phoebe Sumter.

She is a fellow of the College of American Pathologists and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and is a member of the American Medical Association, the Medical Association of Georgia, the Sumter County Medical Society, the College of American Pathologists, and the Georgia Association of Pathologists.