MARATHON -- Food services employee Charlotte Robbins is celebrating her 40th employment anniversary with Fishermen's Community Hospital.
Robbins began her career at Fishermen's Community Hospital, then known as Fishermen's Hospital, on Oct. 18, 1973. Robbins says she misses the more formal, professional attire worn by the staff in her early years. Nurses donned starched, white dresses and the nurse in charge wore a white cap. The dietary staff wore a three-piece uniform with a navy blue pants and lime green top. Everyday at 2 p.m., they put on matching jackets and went around to patients rooms offering fresh-brewed coffee.
Although many changes have occurred since her first day on the job, Robbins says her motivation to persevere through four decades at the same job comes down to one thing: "Taking care of her family." She married a construction contractor, J.D. Robbins, now deceased, and they raised five children. She has eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A native Conch who was born in Key West, she moved to Marathon in the second grade to attend school at Grace Jones Elementary, which was founded by her grandmother in 1958 and currently serves as a daycare center for ages 6 and under and as an after-school program for older siblings.
"Charlotte is consistently reliable, hardworking, fast and efficient," said Dale Kamerzel, Fishermen's Hospital's food service director. "Her food production is well above average. She demonstrates good working relations with hospital staff at all levels and is fair and professional when supervising. It's a pleasure working with Charlotte. Her dedication will always be remembered,"
Robbins says retirement is on the back burner for now, but one day she would like to travel abroad. For the time being, she plans to continue arriving at the hospital before sunrise so she can prepare and wheel the breakfast cart around to patients.