“I cannot imagine a more fulfilling career than the one I have experienced, “ said Stanley. “I am lucky to have had the opportunity to help people often at their most critical time. I am now looking forward to spending time on my farm and enjoying more time with my family.”
An Amazing Journey
Dr. Stanley’s retirement marks the end of 36 years of esteemed medical and surgical practice. Prior to joining WCHCS, Stanley spent 22 years as a cardiovascular thoracic and general vascular surgery in Des Moines, serving as Director of Trauma Services and Chief of Staff at Metropolitan Medical Center, Des Moines. Dr. Stanley received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1969 from the University of Iowa and his Doctor of Osteopathy from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Kirksville, MO in 1973. He completed his surgical residency at Des Moines General Hospital in 1977 and his Fellowship in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, OH in 1979. Dr. Stanley is a Wayne County native and a 1965 graduate of Lineville High School. During his career Dr. Stanley established a reputation for excellence through the caring and successful treatment of his patients.
“WCHCS and our community are extremely fortunate to have had Dr. Stanley’s talents and expertise as the head of our surgery department for these past 14 years. He also saw patients at the Lineville Medical Clinic,” commented Daren Relph, WCHCS CEO. “As the area surgeon on call, Dr. Stanley received many late night and early morning calls to come in for an emergency C-section or some other surgical emergency at WCHCS and Decatur County Hospital. Dr. Stanley, also, routinely flew to Mason City to provide assistance to the surgical team there. Highly regarded among his peers, his surgical skill, professionalism, compassion and humility are hallmarks of his character and he will be missed by all.”
Dr. Stanley and his wife, Sally, who has been a nurse practitioner at Lineville Medical Clinic, are looking forward to the next chapter in their lives. With more time to spend with their five children and grandchildren and on their farm tending to their cattle, miniature horses and elk the amazing journey continues.