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A Tribute to Hank Boerner

North Mississippi Health Services is saddened by the death of Hank Boerner, who served as the director of the NMMC Wellness Center from 1992 until his death on Dec. 6, 2012. He considered our corporate mission his life’s work. He truly was devoted to improving the health of the people of our region.

His accomplishments were notable at the local and national level. During his tenure at NMMC, Hank helped the community add a skate park, three disc golf courses, a 5K cross country trail, two fitness trails and a fitness center at Tupelo High School. He also co-chaired the Healthy Tupelo Task Force to try to make Tupelo the healthiest city in Mississippi. The Medical Fitness Association recognized Hank with the 2011 Pioneer Award for significantly advancing the medical fitness industry and awarded him MFA’s Don Schneider Distinguished Service Award for exceptional, long-term volunteer service to the medical fitness industry. He was a tireless volunteer for numerous non-profit groups and associations dedicated to the betterment of area residents’ health. After three decades in the fitness industry, Hank continued to surf, skateboard, run, hike and promote non-traditional sports as a way to fulfill NMMC’s mission of improving the health of the people in our service area.

Hank will be greatly missed by his extended family at NMHS, the Wellness Center and the community, but your contributions to our community will not be forgotten.

Words of Condolence

“We were shocked and devastated to learn of Hank's passing this morning.  Hank was a great leader and a good friend.  He will be sorely missed.  Our prayers and condolences go out to his family in this time of need.”

John Heer, President and Chief Executive Officer, North Mississippi Health Services


“Hank was Mr. Fitness to me. Every aspect of his being was to promote health, fun and innovation in fitness. His presence will be greatly missed, but his spirit of fitness will always continue to be present.”

Steve Altmiller, President, North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo 


“Hank was the driving force for leading NMMC, Tupelo and our area to live a healthy life. His absence will leave a lasting void.”

George Hand, Administrator of Cardiovascular Services, NMMC-Tupelo


“We have lost a dear friend and colleague. Hank was a man of impeccable integrity who loved his Lord, his family and this community. He has always been such a servant leader and he will be sorely missed.  I'm sure he is in heaven leading an exercise class right now! We love you Hank!

Liz Dawson, Director of Community Health and Co-Chairman of the Healthy Tupelo Task Force