Name: Patrick R. Mounts
Tell me about yourself?
PC Analyst at Washington Health System
Did you take on any additional tasks during COVID 19?
I think we all did to one extent or another. Since COVID 19 I’ve been working to help setup and troubleshoot one of our telemedicine programs. I’ve been to pretty much every remote office that the hospital has, including our testing site. While out and about I’ve tried to help out wherever I can, from giving people directions to the testing site location to helping to organize and put away office supplies at an office that was shorthanded.
How long have you been employed at WHS? February will be my 10 year mark.
Was it always in the same department?
I actually started working at WHS right out of college. The economy was still recovering from the recession at the time, so to pay back my student loans I got a job here as a housekeeper. In just under a year I was able to transition to the Information Systems department as a Network Technician. After a few years, I moved up to work on the hospitals Main Frame, and then up to a PC Analyst. I’ve been a PC Analyst for almost 3 years now.
I’m an alumnus of McGuffey High School. I briefly attended La Roche before switching over to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree and become a part of the National Technical Honor Society.
Hobbies outside of work:
In addition to my job at WHS I am also a free-lance professional artist. I do a wide range of artwork including Illustrations, paintings, portraits and graphic designs which have been featured in a few magazines, one movie, and some start up animation projects. You can see for yourself on Facebook: Art of Patrick Mounts. I’m also a dedicated martial artist; I’ve been studying at the Traditional Martial Arts Society out of Pittsburgh for five years now with a focus in Kenjutsu, the art of the Japanese sword.
I also enjoy volunteering. I am an officer of Claysville Masonic Lodge, and a board member of Kliene Klasse, a local non-profit that provides a variety of support through education and expertise to help others.
Family, pets, etc?
I’m still looking to meet the right woman, so for now I’m living the bachelor’s life. I’m always working on one project or another in my spare time with all that I’m involved in. I also enjoy spending time with my family and several good friends who I consider to be family.
What’s the longest trip you’ve been on and where did you go?
The longest trip that I’ve ever been on was a family trip to Florida when I was a kid; we went to visit family, Disney world and the ocean. I really enjoyed my trip down there, but since then I’ve come to realize that I’m not someone who’s in love with the ocean. I’m more about the mountains, streams and forests.
Who is the funniest person in your family?
I think that’s a toss-up between my mom and my nephew. My mother has always been the wisecracker of the family, but some of the things that my nephew says have me laughing for hours.
What do you want to do when you retire?
When that time comes, I’d like to enjoy my retirement by continuing with my artwork until the end of my days. I’d also like to teach martial arts in the hopes of being able to pass on all that was taught to me.
Do you prefer watching movies on your home TV or in a movie theater and why?
I think that depends on the movie. Pretty much anything Sci-Fi, Fantasy or CG I would prefer to see in the theater with my best friends because it helps create that great atmosphere that makes it so much more enjoyable, even if the movie is bad.
What’s something you’re looking forward to, when we can get back to “normal”?
I’m looking forward to having my normal Saturdays back, which usually consisted of class at the dojo in the morning, food and entertainment with my friends in the afternoon, and then enjoying time with my family in the evening.
What do you want people to know about WHS?
I want people to know how quickly we were able to adapt to the situation to help support our community. Before COVID 19, WHS only had a small setup with telemedicine. When the pandemic hit it was apparent that we needed to expand our telemedicine setup, and we needed to do so quickly. Working diligently together as a team we were able to setup our new TeleVisits program fast enough that many patients were able to keep their previously scheduled appointments, and those concerned about venturing out can now see their doctors from the comfort of their own homes.