Name: James Edward Allen Jr. (My nickname at work is Spoony June)

Tell us about yourself?

About your job: Care Partner

How long have you been employed at WHS? I’ve been working at Washington Health System for the past 44 years.

Was it always in the same department? No, I’ve worked in 3A, Emergency Department, PR, and Medical Records.

Did you take on any additional tasks during COVID 19? Everyone working in healthcare took on additional tasks during COVID-19. We all are happy to do whatever we can to help.

Education: I went to school in West Virginia. I was going to college, but had my son and ended up going to work to take care of him.

Hobbies outside of work: I love to fish and do outdoor work.

Family, pets, etc? I have a loving wife, Alberta, and two children, Taylor and Tyron. I’m also the proud grandfather to 7 grandkids!

Tell us about the best advice you have received and who gave you the advice?

My mother taught me that if you treat others with respect and honesty, it will come back to you. She always said, “love one another.”

What was your first job?

My first job was as an orderly at Washington Hospital when I was just 17 years old. I loved every bit of it.

What do you want to do when you retire?

I want to do a lot of fishing and continue with my church duties. I’ll also probably do some work as a private caregiver.

Do you prefer watching movies on your home TV or in a movie theater and why?

I prefer watching movies at home so that I can push pause and take a bathroom break without missing anything.

What’s something you’re looking forward to, when we can get back to “normal”?

I’m looking forward to being able to visit my family and friends again. I’m also looking forward to going back to a normal church.

What do you want people to know about COVID-19 and safety precautions at WHS?

WHS is taking all the advised precautions to ensure the safety of our patients, team members, and the community.

What do you want people to know about WHS?

WHS is a great place to work. I’ve always been treated fairly and with respect.

Photos of Family

James Fishing