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2014 Young Memphian: Robbie Shappley, St. Francis Hospital

The following is a profile from our summer issue of Memphis Crossroads Magazine: 2014 Young Memphis. Click here to view the entire magazine with profiles from our other nine Young Memphians.

St. Francis Hospital Associate Administrator Robbie Shappley describes himself as “a Memphian through and through.”

“I was born here at this hospital, went to high school across the street at Memphis University School, grew up down the street, and now – after moving to California, moving back to Memphis, moving to North Carolina and then back to Memphis –I live just down the street again,” he said. “So I’m a huge proponent of the city of Memphis. I could talk for hours about everything this great city has to offer.” 

A prime example of a native who left and later brought his talent and acquired skills back to Memphis, Shappley took an educational journey that included attending Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., where he graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in political science, returning here to The University of Memphis for his law degree, practicing with a local law firm for three years, then attending Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., where he received his MBA with a concentration in health and consulting. He returned to Memphis and started his career with St. Francis Hospital a little more than four years ago. 

“As a hospital administrator, the real reward I get is being able to support those people at the bedside,” said Shappley. “Caring for our patients is not just our job, it’s our mission, and being able to live that every day and see the results of the great care and attention we provide is something that definitely keeps me going.”

Shappley actively shows his appreciation for the city by giving back in as many ways as he can in his free time. He serves on the board for Lifeblood, the Memphis region’s only full-service, nonprofit blood center – a cause that’s close to his heart and ties in with his blood utilization responsibilities at St. Francis, where he helps oversee lab operations. He’s also a mentor with Youth Leadership of Memphis, a faith-based organization that works to develop at-risk boys into leaders. 

Additionally, he’s a recent graduate of Leadership Memphis, a program that develops community-change agents by connecting them with other leaders and the community.

“It’s a wonderful program that has done so many great things for me,” he said. “Even as a longtime Memphian who was born and raised here, I had the opportunity to learn so much more about this city than I ever thought I would. Leadership Memphis really opened the doors to understanding more about the city’s history and really celebrating the great things that are going on here.”

Story by: Erinn Figg
Photograph by: Troy Glasgow
Posted: 10/29/2014 10:39:48 AM | with 0 comments
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