is employee of the month
Arlene Baerlocher, Accounts Payable, St Mary’s Hospital, was selected as the July Employee of the Month. She has worked at SMH since November, 1992 when she was originally hired, part time. “I entered payments and charges and, at night, did a manual backup of our daily work by putting in a tape,” said Arlene, who now uses a computer to do many of the things originally done by hand.
After graduating in May, 1981 from Boise State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration she married her husband, Joe, in October of that same year. Prior to her job with SMH she worked for almost 11 years at a CPA office in Grangeville.
Her job responsibilities include paying the bills and invoices accrued by SMH, doing a daily cash balance and reconciling the hospital’s bank statements. In addition, she does the bookkeeping for the Employee Fund checking account and their emergency fund.
“I enjoy bookkeeping and working with numbers,” said Arlene. “I like my job because I’m always busy doing a variety of things. I really enjoy the people I work with.”
In addition to her daily work duties, Arlene volunteered for seven years on the SMH Relay for Life team, acting as a co-captain for four years. The Relay is this weekend, July 15-16, at the Grangeville High School track. It will be the first year in quite some time she hasn’t been part of the overall planning and coordination. She also has served on the Cottonwood Credit Union supervisory committee for ten years.
One of her nominations said: “Arlene represents our hospital with great pride and always has a kind work for everyone. She is a ‘maintenance’ person also. When an office machine such as a photocopier, fax machine, phone, credit card device or calculator breaks down she works on it until she can figure out the problem and, most times, fixes it.”
When not working and volunteering, Arlene enjoys photography, gardening, yard work and walking for exercise. She and her husband have three sons: Dan, a pitching instructor in Kalamazoo, Michigan; Matt, who is attending graduate school at Idaho State University to become a physical therapist and Steven, who recently completed a diesel tech program at Lewis Clark State College.
“I have been in a lot of hospitals with my children and I have to say St. Mary’s is the best,” said Arlene.