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Robbie Latimore

Dr. Robbie Latimore grew up on her family’s farm in rural Laurens County where, in her early years, they were sharecroppers. She and her seven siblings were expected to do their part to ensure the crops were gathered, but her parents never let the farmwork interfere with her schoolwork. She was active in school and church activities, learning Christian values and the importance of hard work and discipline at an early age. “That foundation was extremely important,” Dr. Latimore said. “We learned how you treat one another, how you treat your elders. It helped in my discipline at school as a student, and it followed me on to college.”

When she graduated from high school, Latimore spent six months working at a shirt factory to earn enough money to pay for tuition and room and board for her first quarter at Fort Valley State.  She was able to continue her studies after that first quarter because she secured a work-study job and a student loan.

When Dr. Latimore and her husband Frank moved to Americus in 1979 she took a job as a secretary at Georgia Southwestern before transitioning to South Georgia Technical College where she worked her way up from business education instructor to vice president of academic affairs.

Latimore retired in 2011 but stays busy serving her community in many ways. She volunteers at her church, at Harvest of Hope Food Pantry and with the Community Service Ministry of the Sumter Area Ministerial Association. She also helps organize community projects through her sorority, Zeta Phi Beta.

She has served on the Phoebe Sumter Board of Directors since 2008 and became the chair in 2017. “It is very important to me that we have good quality healthcare in Americus so our citizens can get the care they need right here in their own hometown. Good doctors and state-of-the-art equipment are vital to providing that care, and I am glad to be part of an organization that lives up to that commitment,” Latimore said.

Latimore is committed to working with people throughout Phoebe Sumter’s service area to make sure Phoebe is meeting their healthcare needs. “Our patient and family advisory council is helping get the word out about Phoebe Sumter and helping us become even more excellent,” Latimore said. “We want to expand our community health benefits, organizing more wellness classes in churches and hosting more health fairs. We want to continue to offer outstanding care and be accessible to more people.”

We salute Dr. Robbie Latimore for her dedication to improving her community, and we welcome her as the chair of the Phoebe Sumter Board of Directors.