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Boy Scouting - What lies behind the merit badge


Most of us have seen a Boy Scout proudly displaying badges on his uniform. However, seldom do people truly understand the depths of what it means to be a Boy Scout. After interviewing Mark Linville, who recently spent a week of his time serving as an adult leader at Boy Scout Camp Shenandoah in Swoop Virginia, I quickly became aware that Boy Scouting encompasses so much more than just merit badges and community service.

Although both are extremely important and vital components in becoming a Boy Scout, there is much more to the process and behind each merit badge lies new skills, experiences, lessons and great achievement. Mark Linville - Boy Scouts - cooking

“One of the most important things I think the boys learn as a Scout is teamwork. I’ve seen the Scouting program take a “difficult” child and mold them into a different person. I’ve seen WONDERFUL things come from youth and Scouting,” said Linville.

Linville who is the Executive Director of General Services at Boone Memorial Hospital serves as Scout Master of Troop 289 in Madison in his free time. The Troop is comprised of approximately 22 boys, ten of whom attended camp. Nearly 300 total campers attended the one-week camp.

“If a child wants to go and doesn’t have the means we will make sure they can go. No one is left behind,” said Linville. “I have served as an adult leader the past 9 years, and the purpose of camp is to train the boys and further advance their skills of Boy Scouting. The Summer Camp introduces first year Scouts to the Scouting program and the others strive to get as many merit badges as possible,” he added.

A typical day at camp starts with the raising of the flag. They share a “thought of the day”, typically providing words of wisdom and encouragement. The boys recite the Pledge of Allegiance, eat breakfast and then participate in a number of programs throughout the day.

“Although we were in Virginia, we actually raised the United States Flag, Virginia Flag and the West Virginia flag because part of their council encompasses part of WV,” Linville said.

Some of the programs in which the boys participated gave them the opportunity to receive merit badges. They were allowed to complete up to 4 or more merit badge activities in one day. Some of the activities consisted of shot gun shooting, rifle shooting, archery, sail boating, swimming, life saving, reptile study and more. The Scouts also participated in service programs such as trail clean-up and trash removal.

“The boys learn so many valuable life lessons along the way, but the ultimate goal in the Boy Scout world is to become an Eagle Scout,” explained Linville.

“An Eagle Scout is someone who has gone through the various rankings or advancements of Scouting of which there are many. A lot of people think when you first join Scouts you come in as a Tenderfoot but actually you come in as a Youth. You just have to recite the Scout oath and law, go over a few Scout details, facts and history and you become a Scout. It takes time and dedication to become a Tenderfoot followed by a 2nd Class and a 1st Class Scout,” said Linville.

Linville explains that it usually takes up to a year to get a 1st Class ranking. It is more about advancements, skills and training than it is about merit badges. Scouts learn to tie knots, perform first aid, and cooking skills, among a number of other duties.

Once a Scout becomes 1st Class, he then moves to Star, Life and finally Eagle.

The Scouts have several advancements, skills and merit badges they must complete before obtaining Eagle status. National Statistics show that only 2% of all boys who register as Scouts actually become an Eagle Scout.

“Once you reach one rank, there is a time limit before you can get to the next rank. It takes time to do all of this. There are tons of merit badges, service hours, skills training, etc before you can get to those ranks,” said Linville.

Linville has a long line of Boy Scout history in his family. Both his parents were Scout Leaders; his dad a Cub Master and mom a Den Mother. Linville’s brother, Joe also became an Eagle Scout.

“I was a Scout when I was young. We had a change in leadership and I lost interest and didn’t make it very far into Boy Scouting so I got out of it for several years. However, my youngest son Nathaniel got involved and actually became an Eagle Scout. He went on to college and I enjoyed it so well that I just stayed with it even after he left.”

Linville’s job as Scout Master is to keep the kids motivated, focused and to ensure that they are cared for.

“The parents entrust their children to us. Therefore, our job is to be leaders, mentors and protectors of these youth,” said Linville.

Two adult leaders joined Linville to help at camp; his brother Joe Linville and Chris Lester. Both Joe and Chris assist Linville with Troop 289 in Madison along with Assistant Scout Masters Chip Shaffer, Joe Gero and Troop Committee Chair Person, Annette Felty.

“I can’t say enough good things about Annette. She is the Mother Hen of the Troop. She’ll do anything and everything to help out,” Linville said.

Mark Linville - Boy Scouts - boys climbing“These guys do so much, if not more than I do. I may technically be the leader but Joe L, Chris, Joe G, Chip and Annette do so much. Chip Shaffer has forgotten more about Scouting than I’ll ever even learn. Cooking is my favorite thing to do at camp but Chip is the one who taught me how to do it. He is like the Master Chef of the Wilderness and from the time we arrive to the time we leave - we eat…and we eat GOOD,” laughed Linville.

Linville has received some great honors - The OA (Order of the Arrow), being one, which is like the Fraternity of Boy Scouts. There are 3 parts: Ordeal, Brotherhood and Vigil. Linville joined the Order as a youth and explained that you can stay in as an adult. As an adult he completed his Brotherhood. He was then chosen to be a Vigil, which is the highest level in the Order of the Arrow.

Linville has also been awarded the Scout Master’s Key and several other knots that a Scout Master will wear on his uniform. However, the highest achievement he has received is the Silver Beaver.

“You have to be nominated by someone and they complete a biographical sketch of you. To qualify you must have been in Scouting for many years and have attended various Scouting functions, among other duties. You are also voted on by a selection committee,” said Linville.

Linville also conducts an adult leadership training called Wood Badge. He took the course in 2004 and has been on staff since 2005. In 2010 Linville became the Course Director.

Linville said, “It’s very in-depth and comprehensive. This same training in the corporate world would probably cost around $5000-$6000 and we do it for $225. An example of some of the things we do in Wood Badge is conducting teambuilding activities, learning the different styles and formations of leadership along with fun activities such as building soda bottle rockets.”

I am very humbled by the awards and appreciate them greatly but the best reward is when I see these boys leave camp or Scouting as a whole with a sense of leadership! We can teach them skills, how to cook, how to find their way in and out of the woods but if we can take these boys and make them into good leaders then that is the ultimate reward; They may be the followers of today but they are the leaders of tomorrow,” concluded Linville.





PostHeaderIcon Employee of the Month July 2011: Lisa Belcher

Boone Memorial Hospital would like to recognize the July 2011 Employee of the Month – Lisa Belcher. Lisa currently resides in Madison and has been a dedicated, hard-working employee at BMH for approximately a year and a half. For a while, Lisa divided her time between two departments at BMH before making her move solely to the Medical Records Department.

“I was a floater for Boone Memorial and was hired in November 2009. I worked as a Registration Clerk for 6 months while at the same time working in Medical Records as an Archiving Clerk. My week was split between both departments. Wherever I was needed is where I devoted my time. I worked a lot of hours, pulled double shifts and worked 12 hour days on the weekends in the ER Registration. I loved working in both departments but ultimately a permanent position became available in the Medical Records Department so here I am! I enjoyed both departments, so therefore it was a hard decision,” explains Lisa.

Although the Medical Records Department was very happy to bring Lisa on in a permanent full-time position, the Registration Department was sad to see her go.

“It was a pleasure having Lisa work in Registration. She displayed a strong personal commitment to the department and went beyond what was expected by offering to come in to work in Registration on her day off, even after her transfer to Medical Records. She was always willing to help out,” said Ronda Cowley, Registration Supervisor and Lisa’s former boss.

Fellow employees agree that Lisa not only works hard, she has a very positive attitude.

“Lisa is very upbeat and cheerful. She always completes her job and is always willing to help if you need it. I don’t think I can truly express how lucky I feel working in the Medical Records Department. I’m even luckier to be working with the girls I do everyday. Because of Lisa I got the opportunity to be where I am now. I can’t express how fortunate we are to have Lisa in the Medical Records Department here at BMH,” said fellow co-worker Trish Hager.

As Archiving Clerk Lisa prepares and scans all patient information not currently entered electronically into the patient's records. This includes Emergency Room, Inpatient, Physically Therapy, Stress test and other types of patient charts. Lisa also verifies the RHC (Rural Health Clinic) electronic charts. At times, Lisa’s job can be overwhelming. However, her coworkers make the job fun and less stressful.

“In my department we are like family and that’s what makes my job great. I love my job and enjoy the people I am surrounded by,” said Lisa.

Lisa’s strong work ethic isn’t the only thing she brings to the table. Fellow employees agree that Lisa has quite a sense of humor and a big heart.

“Lisa is a very timely, considerate, and helpful person. She works very hard at her job. She is an asset to the medical records department. She is a great co-worker, and always making us laugh,” said Tana Hughes, fellow co-worker.

Susan Shreve, Executive Director of Electronic Information and Lisa’s current boss raved about Lisa and her dedication!

“Lisa is a very conscientious worker. She always wants to make sure she is completing every task thoroughly and correctly. Lisa is a great asset to our department. She is always on time and rarely, if ever, misses work. We can hardly get her to take any of her accumulated time off. She would rather be in the office making sure her assigned duties are completed each day, than to take time off for herself.”

When Lisa actually does take time for herself, she enjoys taking walks, reading romance novels and especially spending time with her family.

“My daughter Nicole is very special to me. She is 16 years old and just received her temps for driving. She attends Liberty Union High School in Ohio and will be a Junior this year. She is on the honor roll and is in the Color Guards,” said Lisa.

Nicole’s school has made it to the State Band/Flag Competition every year.

“You can hear the pride Lisa has for her daughter when she speaks of her in the office,” added Shreve.

Lisa also has family who live locally here in Madison; Carolyn and Tom Foster.

“They have been so good to me along with everyone here at BMH,” said Lisa.

In addition to spending time with family, Lisa enjoys helping those less fortunate.

“I truly enjoy helping people in need. I have worked at Soup Kitchens, Homeless Shelters and fed, clothed and supplied blankets for 3000 Vietnam Vets. I really enjoy seeing these people smile when they are so down on their luck. My volunteer work means the world to me,” said Lisa.

In celebration of Lisa’s award, she was honored with a designated parking space and free lunch for the entire month of July and a recognition plaque that is displayed in the front lobby at BMH. Congratulations Lisa! We are proud of you!

BMH Administration, Staff, Patients and Board of Trustees




PostHeaderIcon BMH Undergoes Rigorous Survey to Receive Accreditation - 2011

Hospital employees are proud of the outcome & other exciting news at BMH!


Boone Memorial Hospital employees have a few reasons to be proud. Just this month, ER Nurses received 100% certification in TNCC (Trauma Nursing Core Course); the hospital is now the only small rural CAH (Critical Access Hospital) in the State of West Virginia to have a fixed on-site MRI unit and the BMH Board of Trustees unanimously agreed to hire a design-build company that will allow BMH to move forward with building a brand new hospital. 

“The Board had many discussions as to whether we should remodel the existing hospital versus build a brand new facility, but they all agreed that the community deserves a fresh, new hospital,” said Tommy Mullins, BMH Administrator.

To add to the excitement, BMH passed the very thorough Joint Commission Accreditation Survey and received its accreditation making them one of only few Critical Access Hospitals in the entire State of West Virginia to do so.

“The Joint Commission (JC) is an accrediting entity, which follows Medicare's Quality Standards to ensure that patients receive safe, quality care. If you are an accredited facility, that means that JC puts their stamp of approval on your facility. There are other accrediting bodies but JC is by far the most popular,” said Teresa Meade, Chief Clinical Officer/Executive Director of Support Services at Boone Memorial Hospital.

The Joint Commission, based of out Chicago, Illinois, sent two Surveyors to complete the evaluation. One of which was a Nurse Surveyor and one who conducted the life-safety segment of the survey.

“It's a rigorous and intensive process and although (CAH) Critical Access Hospitals must adhere to CAH standards, there is very little difference in standards as compared to larger Acute Care Hospitals,” said Meade.

“These surveys are unannounced. We really have no idea when they will visit our facility. Once we undergo the process and get accredited it lasts 18-36 months. If you don’t get the seal of approval from Joint Commission then Medicare and Medicaid can refuse to pay for hospital care for their patients,” Meade explained.

Some of the survey and evaluation process required BMH Employees go through their policies and procedures, attend meetings and conferences with Joint Commission Surveyors to ensure they were knowledgeable in their job, etc. Joint Commission interviewed patients and followed their progress and monitored other BMH services.

“They basically make sure patients receive good quality of care when moving from one department to the next. It’s a fairly new patient concept called a ‘Patient Tracer’ and its put in place to assure the continuum of patient care is uninterrupted and maintained at a high level of quality,” explained Meade.

“Staff did comment on how ‘relaxed’ the atmosphere was and they felt they actually gained knowledge. Our employees felt the Joint Commission enjoyed educating our staff and were more than eager to answer questions and most importantly work-out solutions,” added Meade.

Although BMH is a small rural hospital, it’s taking huge strides in improving and expanding its services on a bigger level.

“We are the only Critical Access Hospital in the State to now have a fixed, in-house MRI unit. We have added a Sleep Clinic, which is still fairly new, offer Transvaginal Pelvic Ultrasounds and Digital Mammography and are in the process of adding on a Respiratory/Pulmonary Department to name a few,” said BMH Administrator Tommy Mullins.

“It is a comfort knowing that Boone Memorial Hospital is meeting the same patient care standards as any large hospital in the country. We are all surveyed and inspected using the same standards. Boone Memorial set the goal to become accredited in 1968 and has met every inspection since. I want the patients to know when they come to BMH for their health care that we are meeting the same standards as any other accredited hospital in the country,” concluded Mullins.




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  • Walking builds muscle, which burns more calories than fat.
  • Walking relieves stress. Taking a walk to get the heart pumping and the limbs moving helps increase ones well-being. Research has shown that walking is a good stress reliever and energizer.Image
  • Walking helps alleviate symptoms of depression.
  • Walking can help build and maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints.
  • Helps reduce blood pressure in people who already have high blood pressure.
  • Reduces the risk of dying from heart disease.
  • Reduces the risk of developing diabetes or high blood pressure.
  • Walking can be done at any time of the day.
  • Walking allows for community participation. It is a good way for communities to get involved because it is something everyone can do.

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PostHeaderIcon Patti Weaver Celebrates 35 Years of Service at Boone Memorial Hospital

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. Patti Weaver-35 years of 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.

For more information about Boone Memorial Hospital events and services, visit us on-line at www.bmh.org or on Facebook @ www.facebook.com (Search: Boone Memorial Hospital)










PostHeaderIcon Employee of the Month June 2011, Richard Holliday

Hard-working, friendly and caring are just a few of the many words used to describe the June 2011 Employee of the Month at Boone Memorial Hospital. Richard Holliday who currently resides in Madison has been the Dietary Director at Boone Memorial for the past 3 years.

The BMH community at-large is extremely thankful for Richard.

“Not only is Richard an excellent cook, he is really caring and likes to help the community and his fellow co-workers. He has volunteered several times with our community task force, All About Health, to bring live, free cooking shows to children in the schools,” said Karlie Belle Price, Marketing Director at Boone Memorial Hospital. “I tell him all the time that he should have his own reality show or restaurant,” she laughed. “He and his staff also bring in big crowds to the health fair each year. We hope people come for health education, but if Richard’s food is a draw to get them in the door, we’ll take it,” added Price. Richard Holliday

As Dietary Director Richard supervises staff, manages food service special functions, including monthly Medical Staff meetings and Board of Trustee meetings. He also jumps in to help with various community/public relations and employee events regularly.

“Richard is a great supervisor. He shows kindness, consideration and respect for his employees,” said Karen Stollings, a member of the BMH Dietary Staff.

“He also has great organizational skills,” added employee Joy Saddler.

Richard is a member of the Dietary Manager’s Association and the American Culinary Federation. Prior to coming to Boone Memorial Hospital Richard worked as the Dietary Manager for Morrison’s Management in Columbus Ohio, which manages different food services.

Richard is married to Lois Holliday who also works at Boone Memorial Hospital in the Human Resources Department. Many envy the fact that Lois has her own ‘PERSONAL CHEF!’

“My great chef is about as good as it gets. He cooks for me and I put my paycheck in his bank account. What a deal!!! Of course, he does leave the dirty dishes some of the time and guess who gets to wash those,” said wife Lois.

In addition to cooking at home for friends and family Richard enjoys boating and camping. He and Lois also have two daughters, Kim and Kristen.

“I enjoy living in Boone County,” said Richard who prior to moving to WV resided in Ohio. I love visiting the local schools to further the children’s nutritional needs. I also really enjoy providing food to the community at the annual BMH Health Fair,” he said.

“BMH has really benefited from bringing Richard on Board. He is an all-around good guy with a great sense of humor and has brought a nice variety to the menu for patients, visitors & staff. We are lucky to have him,” said fellow employee Bridget Arbaugh.

If you’d like to enjoy a great meal from Richard and his staff visit BMH during these hours:

Breakfast: 8:00am-9:00am

Lunch: 12:30pm-1:30pm

Dinner: 5:00pm-5:30pm

*We also have a new salad bar

Richard was honored with a designated parking space and free lunch for the entire month of June and a recognition plaque that is displayed in the front lobby at BMH. Congratulations Richard! We are proud of you!

BMH Administration, Staff, Patients and Board of Trustees



PostHeaderIcon 2010 HealthFair

Boone Memorial Hospital would like to thank and recognize those individuals and groups involved in making the 2010 Health Fair a HUGE SUCCESS!

The Sponsors, Special Thank you's, Best Table Decor Winners & MORE are listed below.

Thank you again from Boone Memorial Hospital!!!

PLEASE contact Event Coordinators: Karlie Belle Price at 304-437-1572, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Kevin Hill at 304-369-1230, Ext. 407, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for praises and/or wishes for next year!

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PostHeaderIcon Randy Foxx

Boone Memorial Hospital
Would like to congratulate
Randy Foxx as the BMH Employee of the Year and 
Recipient of the  James F. Trusley Sr. Award of Excellence

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PostHeaderIcon Mike Fankhauser

Boone Memorial Hospital
Would like to congratulate
Mike Fankhauser as the BMH Employee of the Year and 
Recipient of the  James F. Trusley Sr. Award of Excellence

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PostHeaderIcon On the Road to World Class

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has selected Boone Memorial Hospital as one of ten hospitals in the Country to under take a performance improvement project to improve patient care. BMH, along with Roane General Hospital in Spencer are the only two hospitals in the entire State of West Virginia to embark upon this new journey. 

“This is a 5-year project. At the end of the cycle, the Joint Commission will make a determination of our improvements,” said Tommy Mullins, BMH Administrator. Kathy Hill, Nurse Practitioner was appointed as Project Leader at BMH. “The overall goal of this project is to improve patient care. I feel strongly about helping this hospital. We need it and it means a lot to me,” said Hill. “One thing we’ve started doing are chart tracers which help us determine things we do well and things we can improve. The changes we are making will show employees that we care. A happy employee makes for a better working environment. If our employees are happy, our patients in turn will receive better care,” Hill added.     

After initiating the chart tracer method, BMH organized a Department Director Committee and a Performance Improvement Staff Committee, to help tackle the main issues. “This project will involve every employee. We need support and suggestions from everyone,” said Mullins.                                            

In just a few months BMH has discovered some issues and made great improvements. The Emergency Room has been divided to include a Rural Health Clinic to handle minor medical issues. Wait time has been shortened tremendously. Even communication has improved, which poses a challenge in most workplaces.  

“I feel the performance committee has helped open up better communication among other departments and staff thus leading to better care for our patients,” said Mark Linville, Executive Director of General Services.  “Although we are looking at problem areas we don’t want to overlook the fact that we help so many people here. This project has brought about a sense of team work in us all. We’ve found that all of us care and share the same common goal, TO IMPROVE PATIENT CARE,” concluded Hill.


PostHeaderIcon Preventing Ski Injuries

Boone Memorial Hospital Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy Center

How safe is skiing?  According to National Electronic Injury Surveillance data issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are as many skiing injuries as there are bicycling and baseball injuries.  In fact, the national Ski Safety advisor for the National Ski Patrol System stated that skiing was about as dangerous as junior high school football.  Catastrophic injuries have decreased, but, 85% of all skiing fatalities are males – most in their twenties.

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