Your Turn

Your Turn/Shelly Fox

Posted: Apr. 13, 2019 12:01 am Updated: Apr. 13, 2019 11:40 pm

With Shelly Fox

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a lawyer. I liked murder/mystery books and shows as a kid and liked to try and solve the cases before I got to the end of the book or show. I think I got intrigued with the legal field partly because of the research involved to try and solve a case, and I thought it would be fun to argue a case before a judge and jury.

What would you rather be doing right now? I enjoy reading, playing golf, bowling and doing jigsaw puzzles.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... as a senior in high school, I made it to nationals through the Office Education Association in the extemporaneous verbal competition.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Most recently, I received one of four Pinnacle Awards given for Empowering Manager from Custom Learning Systems, a national service excellence group that the hospital is working with, and my nomination for this award came from one of the environmental services team members.

It really stinks when ... I see people taking their dogs for a walk and the dogs do their business in someone else's yard and it doesn't get picked up.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Planner.

I always laugh when ... I watch "America's Funniest Videos" or when my hubby sneezes.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? I would invite my mom's parents, Alfred and Violet Ohrt -- I never met my grandpa (he passed away one month before I was born), and my grandma passed away when I was just a few years old. I don't remember anything about her. I would love the chance to meet and visit with them over dinner to hear about their life and to hear stories about my mom when she was growing up.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... take a walk with our dog, Brutus.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... kind of an introvert. It wasn't easy for me to make friends.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... while in St. Pete Beach, Fla., I got to take a picture with Paul Sr. from the American Chopper show.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... go to a Super Bowl.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... not slow down and not work full-time so we could travel.

America should be more concerned about ... being kind to one another, being respectful to others and being curious to understand versus judgmental.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... purses/handbags.

When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... ESPN or articles on the royal family. I love all kinds of sports and always have been interested in and followed the royal family in Europe.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? You will be judged as a manager by how well things run when you are not there; micromanaging is not the answer. When I was first getting into management, I had a chief operating officer who provided me that tip that has stuck with me for over 30 years.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... Bon Jovi, any kind of soft rock or KGRS 107.3 out of Burlington, Iowa.

I always get sentimental when ... reminiscing about family trips and events

The older I get, the more I realize ... the importance of unconditional love and family. As humans, we are bound to make mistakes, but family is someone you can always count on in the good times and the bad times.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... have become a lawyer.

My favorite item of clothing is ... my Chicago Bears or Chicago Cubs lounge pants. Coming from the Chicago area and from a family with three girls and no boys, I was always encouraged to play sports of any kind and to cheer on our beloved Bears and Cubbies.

If I've learned anything at all ... No matter how much you try, you can't make anyone do anything.


Shelly Fox, 55, is the executive assistant and director of environmental services at UnityPoint Health -- Memorial Hospital in Carthage, Ill. She has been working in health care administration since 1982, starting at Keokuk (Iowa) Area Hospital before coming to Memorial Hospital in 1994. She has been married to her husband, David, for 361/2 years. They have two children, daughter Brooke (and her husband Allen) and son Bryan (and his wife Danielle). Fox is originally from the south suburbs of Chicago and met her husband while attending Robert Morris College, which used to be located in Carthage.