When it comes to working at Boone, our employees say it best. Read a few of their stories to see why they love being part of the Boone Family.

Emily Roberts, RN

Emily Roberts gave birth to twin girls at Boone Hospital in 2011. After experiencing wonderful care and getting to know the nurses, she applied herself. Now she works in the Intensive Care Nursery and takes care of Boone Babies like her own.

“The biggest part was seeing a place where you could tell people like to work here,” said Roberts. “People had worked here for a long time and there’s always a reason for people to stay.”

Read Emily's story of transitioning from an Intensive Care Nursery mom to nurse.

Chuck Lennox, House Orderly

Chuck Lennox shares his infectious smile as a house orderly transporting patients to and from tests, treatments and procedures. As he walks all over the hospital, he makes friendly small talk with each patient. That caring attitude makes him stand out as an employee.

“The most exciting thing about my job is cheering the patients up,” Chuck said. “I like to have them laughing. They laugh a lot and I think that’s like medicine. It makes them feel at home.”

Lennox and his loving wife Kim enjoy living in Columbia and being part of the Boone family. He loves reading novels and you can usually find one in his back pocket, ready for his next break.

“This is not about be, for there is no ‘I’ in team,” said Lennox. “And we at Boone are a team.”

Bethany Abeln, CPA , Finance 

“I like Boone because of the people I work with and the learning opportunities it has to offer,” said Bethany Abeln. 

Abeln is originally from Salisbury, Mo. but now lives in Columbia with her husband and two children. She has worked at Boone for the past 17 years.

She said she loves seeing the impact of her work on patients and being able to work with others on a daily basis. Abeln hand-created tools for the hospital to better manage labor on the floors. She regularly sits down with nurses and other healthcare professionals to explain the budget.

Betty Hughes, Patient Accounts

In 2011, as Boone Hospital Center celebrated its 90th birthday, Betty Hughes celebrated her 45th anniversary of working at Boone. She started when she was 15-and-a-half and has worked all over the hospital since. She now works in Patient Accounts helping people settle their bills with the hospital.

“A good collector is a good listener,” shared Hughes. “You have to put yourself in their position so you really understand their problems.”

Originally from Fayette, Hughes and her husband of 45 years live in Columbia. They love spending time with their five grandkids (and one more one the way) as well as camping at the Landing at Mark Twain Lake. She plans to retire in five years if she can. Hughes is so grateful for Boone’s caring attitude toward her and her family.


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