Women of Influence: Robyn Marlow

Robyn Marlow came to North Sunflower Medical Center over two decades ago for a social work internship.

She would eventually work at Walter B. Crook Nursing Facility for eight years, and after leaving for a brief time, she returned to the hospital as Director of Community Relations.

In her role, she promotes new services lines, develops employee/patient satisfaction surveys and forms relationships throughout our community in an effort to continue the growth of NSMC and the city of Ruleville.

1. How did you come to live in Sunflower County?

During my time at Delta State University, I completed my Social Work internship with North Sunflower County Hospital’s Hospice Agency and fell in love with the elderly population. After my internship, I was offered a job as the Social Services Director for Walter B. Crook Nursing Facility and jumped at the opportunity. I worked at WBCNF from 1996 to 2004, leaving to work with a management company opening Cleveland Personal Care (now Providence Assisted Living). Once Cleveland Personal Care opened, I returned to North Sunflower Medical Center as the Director of Community/Employee Relations.

I also met my husband, Billy, in 2001 whom is a life-long resident of Ruleville & Sunflower County.

2. Who are your biggest female influences?

My biggest female influences have been my family members, my mother – Phyllis, my maternal grandmother, Gertrude and my paternal grandmother, Rachel. All were wonderful caregivers, teaching me how to be a strong independent woman. 

3. What would you describe as your biggest accomplishment so far in life?

Being a part of the growth of North Sunflower Medical Center and the City of Ruleville have been my proudest accomplishments in my career. I started off as a Social Worker helping others and when the opportunity came for me to be a part of a team to grow services throughout NSMC & the City of Ruleville, it was an opportunity I could not pass up.

4. What is the best piece of advice you can give young women looking to become leaders in their communities?

Surround yourself with positive people and team workers. One person can only accomplish so much, but being a part of a team is so rewarding. I’ve been very fortunate to have positive co-workers and friends in my life, who have helped me grow as a person and understand moments are meant to be cherished.

5. What is the biggest lesson you have learned about leadership?

Don’t try to do everything yourself. I’ve always struggled with delegating and have discovered over the years that team work is always best.

Know your strengths and weaknesses. Surround yourself with people who compliment your strengths as you compliment theirs.

6. If you could play any role in a movie, what would it be?

I’m not certain the role, but one thing I love about my career is the opportunities I’ve had to work with a creative team to produce commercials, lip sync videos, testimonies, independent films and training videos.

I love being behind the scenes, watching the magic happen. Just being a part of the production and watching the story develop is all I need.

7. A little family information

My parents are Nick & Phyllis Sherman of Charleston.

My husband, Billy and I have a blended family of four children, Brooks, Lauren, Blake and Ethan and two grandchildren, Rian and Rance (parents are Paul and Brooks Rizzo). I was raised in a large family of five siblings – Chris, Vickie, Connie, Johnnie and Richard, as we were often referred to as “The Brady Bunch.”

8. What’s your advice on finding a good work/life balance?

Many people, including myself, spend so much time working and trying to accomplish goals, that we forget to stop and make memories along the way.

Spend time with your family and friends as the years pass by quickly. I’m slowly learning to slow down and enjoy the moments of life and am so blessed to have the family and friendships in my life to pick me up when needed and support me along the way.

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