Published on September 18, 2019

NMMC Honors Stanley as Volunteer of the Year

Bob StanleyTUPELO, Miss.—North Mississippi Medical Center has named Bob Stanley as Volunteer of the Year 2020.

Stanley will represent NMMC at the Mississippi Hospital Association Volunteer Awards program in Jackson on Oct. 18. “Anyone meeting Bob can immediately see that he is one in a million,” states one of his nominations. “He loves volunteering! He entertains our patients to make the wait time go by faster. He engages each one.”

Others stated, “Bob’s demeanor puts our patients at ease immediately,” “Bob goes the extra mile every day” and “Bob is a fine man. His dedication to NMMC is outstanding!”

Born in Tupelo in 1937, Stanley grew up in Tacoma, Washington, where his father built ships for the U.S. Navy. Shortly after graduating from high school there, he moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, and became a barber and ladies hair stylist at a U.S. Air Force base. Seven years later he moved to Anchorage, Alaska, and worked as a barber on a U.S. Army base. He also became a registered hunting guide in Alaska and split his time between doing hair and big game guiding. An avid traveler, he spent months at a time abroad booking hunting expeditions in Alaska.

Stanley also lived many years in Ukila, California, and Salt Lake City, Utah. He opened his first salon inside the Captain Cook Hotel and began to teach at a cosmetology school in California. In the late 1990s, he returned to his roots in Tupelo and worked for several years in the Food Court at the Mall at Barnes Crossing.

“Retirement wasn’t for me,” Stanley said, so he signed on as a volunteer at North Mississippi Medical Center in 2011. “Life has been very good to me, and it’s time for me to give back.”

During his tenure at NMMC, Stanley has served in the Food Court, Information Desk, Ambassador Services and Wellness Center. He currently works four mornings a week delivering snacks and visiting with patients and families served by NMMC Cancer Care. Stanley has logged more than 10,100 volunteer hours.

Stanley finds volunteering at NMMC extremely satisfying. “We have to get past this ‘me, me, me,’” he said. “‘Me’ is only one person in a nation of millions. To be able to help a small percentage of them is very rewarding to me. I think we all reach a point in life where ‘me’ is not so important. If you can’t do something for others, then why are we here?”

For more information about volunteer opportunities with NMMC, visit www.nmhs.net/volunteer.

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