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Dr. Anthony Parker knows the importance of quality healthcare, close to home. So do we.

“You can’t find more than a handful of communities our size with the challenges we have that have access to a healthcare system as comprehensive and top-quality as ours. I certainly didn’t get well by accident.”

Anthony Parker brings a unique perspective as an educator and a patient to the Phoebe Putney Health System Board.

A career in education was not Dr. Anthony Parker’s first choice. That’s hard to believe since the son of a high school administrator and a librarian has worked in higher education for 40 years, but after graduating from South Carolina State University, he set his sights on a business career. A few years later, he began teaching at Augusta Technical College, and a new career path was set.

Dr. Parker spent 10 years as a faculty member and five as a vice president before moving to Albany in 1995 to become president of Albany Technical College. During his time here, he has been involved in many community organizations, including serving six years on the Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Board of Directors before volunteering to serve on the board of Phoebe Putney Health System.

Dr. Parker is dedicated to providing southwest Georgians with the skills they need to obtain quality jobs. He has given particular focus to health professions, working closely with Phoebe to strengthen Albany Tech’s nursing program and to provide a pipeline of medical professionals to enhance the delivery of healthcare in our region.

He certainly understands the need for high-quality healthcare right here at home. He is a prostate and lymphoma cancer survivor, and he credits his recovery to his doctors and the comprehensive healthcare he received at Phoebe within a few miles of his home.

We appreciate Dr. Parker’s commitment to our community and his dedication to bringing people together to improve the quality of life for the citizens of southwest Georgia.