Heather Carr, chief financial officer at PMC, presents D.J. Hall an award for working at PMC for 40 years.

OAK HILL — Working in a hospital business office never loses its fascination.

Just ask Dorothy June “D.J.” Hall, who received a 40-year service award earlier this year.

“There’s always something new to learn, and it’s always changing. You have to keep up with all the changes in insurance billing and HMOs and PPOs. It really is an interesting place to be.”

When Hall went to work, the facility now known as Plateau Medical Center was Oak Hill Hospital. A graduate of Oak Hill High School, Hall started in admissions in 1968. Since then, she has worked in insurance billing, human resources and now as an accounts receivable analyst. From time to time, she has served as interim business office manager.

“I like the people here best of all. I have made a lot of friends over the years. We get along well and work well together. It’s a nice place to work,” she said.

She has watched the hospital grow and continues to be amazed at the changing technology.

“We have so much more to offer the community now. Our equipment and services and personnel provide very good health and medical care for our area,” she said.

She’s kept pace with the changes by updating her skills through continuing college and computer courses.

The hospital has been sold seven times during her career, but Hall said she’s glad the facility has remained a vital part of the community.

“We are desperately needed here. The hospital has kept up with the technology, and we offer much more than we have in the past,” she said.

Reared in Westerly, near Kingston, in Fayette County, Hall was the daughter of a coal miner and had two siblings.

Although she loves her job, Hall likes to spend her evenings outdoors working in her garden at her home near the hospital.

“I love gardening, and I love working in the yard. When I go home, I leave the job behind me. I don’t like to be on the computer or do anything like that. I want to do something totally different at the end of the day.”

Physical activity is a must in her day, Hall said.

“I walk every day. I have a friend who walks with me. We keep our walking clothes in the car, and it’s become something we just can’t get through a day without including that walk.”

A new walking trail in the city often finds them walking and biking, Hall said.

She also enjoys horseback riding, but doesn’t spend much time in the saddle on her 18-year-old Appaloosa named Bud.

“He’s a really sweet horse. He follows us around and loves attention. He’s really just a big pet.”

She is actively involved in the Senior Circle sponsored by PMC and participated in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life this summer.

“Fayette County raised $45,000 this year. That’s a big leap from the $13,000 we raised two years ago. The work the cancer society does is vitally important, and it felt good to be part of helping them raise money for the vital work they do,” Hall said.

She’s also on the hospital planning committee and helps with events such as Hospital Week and the annual Christmas party.

Hall is a member of Oak Hill Nazarene Church, where she works with 3- to 5-year-olds in Wee Worship.

This year has been overshadowed by two family crises. Hall’s sister died in the spring, and her husband Fred was injured in the summer when a tractor pulled him beneath it.

“He could have been killed. I’m so thankful he came out of it with just lots of bumps and bruises,” she said.

Her philosophy of life is simple. Hall lives by the Golden Rule.

“I’ve always been taught to treat others as you would want to be treated. I try to do that. It really works,” she said.

— E-mail: bdavis@register-herald.com

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