Published on October 16, 2017

NMMC Names Collins as Volunteer of the Year

TUPELO, Miss.—North Mississippi Medical Center has named Margret Collins as Volunteer of the Year.

Collins will represent NMMC at the Mississippi Hospital Association Volunteer Awards program in Jackson, Oct. 20.

Averaging around 15 hours each week, Collins has logged more than 7,400 volunteer hours at NMMC since she started in 2007, shortly after moving back to this area. Following graduation from Saltillo High School, she enlisted in the Army in 1962 and served at Ft. Sam Houston in Texas. After leaving the military and a brief stint in Plainfield, Ill., she moved to Joliet, Ill., where she retired from the U.S. Postal Service with 30 years of service.

She then worked for three years at Red Wing Shoes in Joliet and was an active member of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary. She moved to Newton, Kansas, for a short time before relocating to Mississippi.

NMMC is the third hospital Collins has volunteered with—she previously served at the Cancer Center of St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Ill., and at Newton Medical Center in Kansas. In addition to her desire to help others, “I just like being in a hospital, I guess,” she said, “as long as I’m not on a bed.”

During her 10 years at NMMC, Collins has volunteered in the Pharmacy, Marketing Department, Education Department, Environmental Services Department, Business Services, Sleep Disorders Center and Human Resources, as well as assisting with special projects as needed.

“Margret is kind-hearted, compassionate and extremely dedicated,” her nomination states. “She always has a smile for everyone she meets, and the Pharmacy staff praises her attention to detail and devotion to her work.”

Collins has two daughters—Kelly Collins of Massachusetts and Patricia Keister of Virginia. When not volunteering, she enjoys spending time with her friends, West Jackson Street Baptist Church family and cats, Abby and Sam.

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