Boone Memorial Hospital would like to recognize the April 2012 Employee of the Month – Lois Holliday. Lois has been a dedicated, hard-working Human Resource Assistant at BMH for four years.
She currently resides in Beckley in Raleigh County.
“I have always lived in Beckley until the year 2000, at which time my husband Richard (who also works at BMH as the Dietary Director) and I moved to Columbus, Ohio for work. We always wanted to come back home to be closer to family, so when the opportunity came up for Richard to come back to BMH, we jumped at the chance. I was offered a position in HR a few months later and was thrilled because that meant we both would be closer to family and friends. We had already made friends at BMH because Richard had worked here before and we knew we would be happy here,” explains Lois.
Fellow employees agree that Lois is a hard worker and has a very positive attitude.
“Lois is so friendly and professional. She is positive, upbeat, energetic and I’m lucky that my office is located next door to hers,” said Marketing and Public Relations Director, Karlie Belle Price. “She is also very helpful. Anytime another employee needs help, Lois jumps up to assist them no matter how busy she is. She’s a team player and works very hard,” added Price.
Executive Director of General Services, Mark Linville, says, “Lois is such a pleasure and delight to work with. She has a bubbly personality that always puts a smile on my face. There is none more deserving than she for this recognition.”As Human Resource Assistant Lois posts invoices for accounts payable, payroll processing, prepares and tracks performance evaluations, updates job descriptions, tracks tardies, call-ins and PTO time. She also makes employee names badges, assists with new hire orientations as needed, maintains contract databases, completes reference check letters for physicians, distributes and tracks ER and Mid Level schedules, maintains multiple spreadsheets, and prepares and distributes birthday and sympathy cards.
“I also track and prepare certificates for all employee anniversaries and Employee of the Month, prepare programs for banquets and many other duties as assigned,” said Lois.
Lois also serves on the Uniform Committee at BMH and has a lot of experience and training in various Human Resource fields from her time working at Ohio State University before moving to WV.
Sheliah Cook, Director of Human Resources and Lois’ Supervisor raves about Lois’ work ethic.
“Lois is a pleasure to work with. She is professional, efficient and is always wearing a smile. Her pleasant disposition makes each work day a joy,” Cook said.
Richard, Lois’ husband, is very proud of “his Lois”. He is quite the ‘comedian’ at BMH.
“My baby is so special. I do all the cooking, all the yard work, all the "Honey Do Lists" and so on and so on and so on. Don't ever give her an article to read for you because she looks for all the spelling and grammar errors instead of telling you what the article is about. She takes her job very seriously and cares about each individual employee and their needs. I love her with all my heart, my money, my truck, my belongings and she still gives me ‘Honey Do Lists’ – My Lois,” lovingly said Richard Holiday, Dietary Director at BMH.
When Lois isn’t busy at BMH, she enjoys walking, hiking, bowling and shopping but most of all spending time with her family. She also attended Beckley College and enjoys attending church.
She and Richard have been married 21 years.
“My mother fixed us up for one date to a Christmas party and lo and behold that led to another party, then we dated about 18 months and then came marriage. He had two daughters by a previous marriage and I had two sons by a previous marriage. We made it all work and are still very much in love with each other,” said Lois.
Richard and Lois have a large family, of which they are very proud.
“My son, Doug, is a Marshall Graduate and is the Safety Director for SGS Minerals. My youngest son, Jeff, attended college in Denver Colorado after serving in the army and is now a guard at the Federal Prison in Beckley. I am so proud of both of them. They grew up to be fine young men and we are a very close family. We can always count on each other,” said Lois.
“I also have five grandchildren by Jeff and his wife Danielle. They are Devin, Antonio, Eddie, Zack and Morgan. The boys wrestle, play football and baseball and any other activity they can get into. Morgan is the gymnast in the family and cute as a button. Devin lives in Florida. You couldn’t ask for more. They are all truly loved and have their own individual personalities.
My stepdaughter, Kim, is the Retail Manager for Little General Stores. My stepdaughter, Kristen, is a homemaker and her husband Gary owns Clay’s Tree Trimming. Kim and Kristen both are special young women. I have one grandson by Kim and her husband, Bob. His name is Zackery and he is a Junior and football player for Shady Springs High School. Zackery is the oldest grandchild, works at Little General part time and loves his car. It’s hard to believe he will be a senior this year, then off to college,” shares Lois.
Lois was surprised when she found out she won Employee of The Month.
“I was truly shocked. This is one time that Tommy (BMH Administrator) really got one over on me. I thought I knew pretty much everything that went on in HR, but evidently not,” said Lois.
“I really like the people I work with. We all get the job done while making the work days enjoyable. My co-workers are always willing to help in any way. That really makes my job easier. I also work closely with Sheliah Cook, my Director and Mark Linville, my Executive Director, both of whom are great mentors and I have learned a great deal from both of them.” concludes Lois.
In celebration of Lois’ award, she was honored with a designated parking space and free lunch for the entire month of April and a recognition plaque that is displayed in the front lobby at BMH. Congratulations Lois! We are proud of you!