June 20, 2011 marked 35 years service to Boone Memorial Hospital for Patti Weaver.
“Patti is one of only five people in the hospital’s history to achieve 35 years service.
We commend her for her dedication and loyalty,” said Administrator Tommy Mullins.
Patti is the Business Office Clerk at BMH. She stays extremely busy answering the phone, posting charges, taking payments, discharging patients from Physical Therapy and a number of other duties. Patti also served as Office Manager from December 1990 - March 2003.
“I first started in the Business Office and have been here ever since. I enjoy BMH and my favorite thing about my job is dealing with the public and meeting different people,” said Patti. “I’ve been here through a lot of changes and technological advances. I’ve been through three computer system upgrades. Although retraining was challenging and took time it made my job and patient care much easier in the long run,” she added.
“Patti has been a dedicated, dependable employee. She has a vast knowledge of the business office functions and is my go to person when I have questions. Not only is Patti a good employee and co-worker, she has also been my friend for many years now,” said Randy Foxx, Executive Director of Financial Services and Patti’s boss.
Patti has been married 34 years to Junior “Tookie” Weaver.
Fellow employee, Bridget Arbaugh told us that Patti tells ‘the best’ stories, one of which involves Patti’s husband, “Tookie.”
“Patti told me that when she and Junior “Tookie” were teenagers that he was riding his bicycle with Patti on the handle bars. They were going down the street really fast and he wouldn’t stop until she agreed to go out with him. Less than a year later they ended up getting married,” laughed Bridget.
Patti and Junior “Tookie” have known each other since they were in school at Van Grade.
“We started dating after high school and dated about 11 months before we got married,” said Patti.
On a serious note, Bridget added, “Patti is very knowledgeable. Anything you need to know, she's the one to ask. I tease her she has been here since GOD was a teenager. That's why she knows everything. She is also very dependable and a pleasure to work with.”
When Patti isn’t working she and her family enjoy camping and fishing.
“We have a camp at Hinton and I love going,” said Patti.
She and Junior “Tookie” have two children; Nicholas, 31 and Shelly, 26 and two grandchildren; Courtney, 14 who will attend Van High School this coming school year and Jacob, 11 who attends Van Junior/Senior High.
Patti and her family have been faced with a heart-breaking situation. Just recently, Grandson Jacob was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
“Right now luckily he doesn’t need a bone marrow transplant but it’s important that we find a matching donor to be on stand-by," Patti said.
Jacob’s mother Stephani, father Nicholas and sister Courtney have all been tested but unfortunately none are a match. Staff at Boone Memorial Hospital, along with friends of the family, is in the process of planning a Bone Marrow Drive to be held in the near future.
“We desperately need financial sponsors to help us test for matches because it’s $200 per person to do the test and Insurance doesn’t cover it,” said Patti. “He already had his first batch of Chemotherapy and on Friday, June 24th he starts the 2nd round. The Chemotherapy treatments will take place on and off over the next 6 months,” she added.
Donations can be sent to Premier Bank in Madison, ATTENTION: Jacob Weaver Leukemia Fund. Those interested in assisting with the Bone Marrow Drive please contact Karlie Belle Price at 369-1230 x 431 or Bridget Arbaugh at 369-1230 x203 or home: 369-7916.
Boone Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, Administration and staff commend Patti for the many years of service she has given to patients and the community at-large. We also wish grandson Jacob a quick recovery.
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