WOW! Moments: A Tradition of “Smarts, Kindness and Success”
Kirby is a former Ob-Gyn Doctor who has delivered 8,000 babies in his career. He credits his inspiration and motivation to both of his parents. While neither of his parents went past an eighth grade education, they were exceptionally intelligent. Kirby recalls a childhood memory that set the foundation for his success. His fourth grade teacher told him, “You need to be in fifth grade, so go home and tell your parents.” Over the weekend, his Dad taught him long division. He began fifth grade the following Monday! Kirby continued his education and went on to become a successful doctor.
Kirby also served in the military for ten years. A member of the staff asked him if he had any fond memories. He smiled and responded with two simple words: “Ice cream.” He further explained that while he was overseas in Vietnam visiting with the Montagnards (Mountain People), he discovered that the children had never tasted ice cream. Being the kind man Kirby is, he purchased ice cream and gave it to the kids so that they could try it for the first time in their lives!
Kirby Anderson’s wonderful smile, warm personality, and interesting background caught the Desert Flower staff’s attention. We set up a surprise outing for Kirby to visit St. Joseph's Hospital. Kirby met with a labor and delivery Doctor, an RN, and visited with all the lovely nurses. They gave him a tour of the Labor & Delivery floor, a delivery room, and the Mommy & Baby floor. He even got the chance to hold a 24-hour-old baby. In true doctor fashion, Kirby looked over the baby counting his little fingers and toes. It was a moment we will all cherish!
Kirby has seven children, each of which has followed the family tradition of “smarts, kindness, and success”. His beautiful wife, Linda, is his good luck charm at every black jack game. It’s always a pleasure to see her smiling face. Kirby is a blessing to the Desert Flower Family. We thank him for his service and dedication. A huge thank you to St. Joseph's Hospital for making this very special WOW! Moment come true; we can’t think of anyone more deserving than Kirby.
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