Distinguished Service Award Winners

2022 - Dr. Anthony Parker, Phoebe Putney Memorial Health Board of Directors

Dr. Parker served on the Phoebe Putney Memorial Health Board of Directors from 2004-2008 and was a member of the Phoebe Putney Health System Board from 2009 until his death in 2022.

He was the longest-serving president in the Technical College System of Georgia and transformed Albany Technical College, or ATC, from a small vocational school to a thriving regional college that has improved thousands of lives in Southwest Georgia by making superior technical education accessible to those who otherwise might not have had an easy path to higher education.

Not only did Dr. Parker help make education accessible, he was always looking for ways to ensure the health care programs at ATC continued to grow. In 2000, ATC opened the Nathaniel Cross Health Technology building, and Dr. Parker continued to build on this transformative project through the years.

In 2008, ATC opened the Charles B. Gillespie First Responders building and completed a $350,000 renovation of the nursing lab in the Nathaniel Cross building. In 2016, ATC further enhanced its health care educational offerings with the establishment of an Associate of Nursing program. Dr. Parker was instrumental in each of these transformations.

Dr. Parker also worked to make sure ATC students successfully graduated and assisted them in finding local employment. Whether working as EMTs in the community or fulfilling essential nursing and tech jobs at the hospital, Dr. Parker helped boost the community’s health care workforce at a time when the entire country is struggling with the same issue.

Dr. Parker was a strong proponent of the Phoebe Health Sciences Pathway, an innovative educational partnership between Phoebe Putney Health System, Commodore Conyers College and Career Academy, or 4C Academy, and Albany State University. It allows 4C students to dual enroll in ATC while still in high school. They have the opportunity to complete their core college classes at no cost, earn their nurse assistant certification, and apply for a paid internship position at Phoebe – all while still in high school. Upon graduation, they can immediately go into the nursing program at either ATC or Albany State, getting a head start on their professional training and education so they can enter the workforce earlier.

While working to bolster the workforce pipeline, Dr. Parker was also busy touting the extraordinary care available at Phoebe. As a cancer survivor, he led efforts to raise awareness about cancer prevention and money to help cancer patients in the area. He spoke forcefully and gracefully about the outstanding care he received at the Phoebe Cancer Center and was a strong patient advocate, always encouraging Phoebe to continue its investments in cancer care so the people of southwest Georgia have access to exceptional cancer treatment without leaving home.



Past Distinguished Service Award Winners

2019 - Sen. Dean Burke, Memorial Hospital and Manor

2018- Starr H. Purdue, Navicent Health

2017 - Charles Moore, M.D., Grady Health System

2015 - Don Thomas, M.D., Hamilton Medical Center, and William Pannell, M.D., Crisp Regional Hospital

2014 - Walter C. McNeely, Southeast Georgia Health System

2013 - Aretha Neal, Monroe County Hospital, and Lila Hertz, Piedmont Healthcare

2012 - Benjamin H. Underwood (Gold Honor Award of Excellence), Charles 'Pete' Wood, WellStar Health System, and W. Woodrow Stewart, Northeast Georgia Health System

2011 - A. D. 'Pete' Correll, Grady Health System

2010 - Leonard Fant, Hutcheson Health Foundation, and R. Lee Smith, Jr., University Hospital

2009 - Sen. Greg Goggans (R-7), Coffee Regional Medical Center, and Norman Morris, Upson Regional Medical Center

2008 - James Lanier Allgood, Jr., Fairview Park Hospital, and Richard B. Hubbard, III, Piedmont Atlanta Hospital, Inc.

2007 - Levi W. Hill, Augusta, and William Waters, III, M.D., Atlanta

2006 - H. Duane Blair, M.D., Decatur, and Eldred Tippins, Jr., Claxton

2005 - Romeo Adams, Royston, and Howard Stroud, Sr., Athens

2004 - David Apple, Jr., M.D., Atlanta, and Wayne T. Sikes, Lawrenceville

2003 - Robert L. Brown, Jr., Atlanta, and George Jeter, Columbus

2002 - James Floyd, Jr., Hinesville, and Judy McMahan, Decatur

2001 - Rosemary Evans, Forsyth, and Willie (Bill) H. Odom, Macon

2000 - William M. Huffman, Rome, and W. Harry Wilson, Albany

1999 - Frank S. Dennis, Jr., Augusta, and John B. Prince, III, Tifton

1998 - Clarence C. Butler, M.D., Columbus, and Damon D. King, Macon

1997 - Jeff Kinlaw, Alma, Edward D. Griffin, Sr., Columbus, and Pauline Channell Richardson, Greensboro

1996 - Charles B. Eberhart, Decatur

1995 - B. G. Early, Rome, and Harley Langdale, Jr., Valdosta

1994 - T. Richard Daniel, Augusta, and Hulett D. Sumlin, Atlanta

1993 - Edward C. Loughlin, Jr., M.D., Atlanta, and Perry G. Busbee, M.D., Cordele

1992 - Alana Smith Shepherd, Atlanta, and C. Jackson Bandy, Dalton

1991 - Harold Nichols, Blairsville, and Charles R. Underwood, M.D., Marietta

1990 - J. William Pinkston, Jr., Atlanta

1989 - J. N. Cook, DeSoto, and Richard L. Olson, Columbus

1988 - Richard E. Bird, Statesboro, and W. Carl Gordon, Jr., M.D., Albany

1986-87 - T. W. Lord, Jr., Marietta, and J. Roger Sumner, Rome

1985 - Frederick Higginbotham, Atlanta, and James P. Hollis, Newnan

1984 - William T. Barnes, Macon, and Charles Yager, Dahlonega

1983 - George M. Rooks, Jr., Hartwell, and Aldine Rosser, Statesboro

1982 - Jack Hughston, M.D., Columbus, and Edwin B. Peel, Atlanta

1981 - Norman Dorminy, Fitzgerald, and Byron L. Southwell, Tifton

1980 - Mary W. Schley, M.D., Columbus, and Charles D. Hudson, LaGrange

1979 - Harry W. Jernigan, Jr., Augusta, and Robert W. Woodruff, Atlanta

1978 - J. P. Turner, Jr., Dalton, and Samuel R. Hunter, Sr., Americus

1977 - John Holt Moye, Columbus, and William C. Wardlaw, Jr., Atlanta

1976 - Hugh B. Landrum, Jr., Columbus, and James R. Lientz, Savannah

1975 - Lucius H. Atherton, Sr., Marietta, and John W. Gates, Rome

1974 - Glenn M. Hogan, Atlanta

1973 - Carl T. Barrett, Canton, and J. W. Fanning, Washington

1972 - John Rufus Evans, M.D., Decatur, and Fuller E. Callaway, Jr., LaGrange

1971 - Harry H. Purvis, Cornelia, Judge B. B. Heery, Savannah

1970 - Louie D. Newton, Atlanta, and George Lamar Westcott, Dalton

1969 - Boisfeuillet Jones, Atlanta, and Elbert P. Peabody, Augusta

1968 - John A. Sibley, Atlanta, R. C. Williams, M.D., Atlanta, and Reuben G. Clark, Savannah