Anyone who has worked in accounts payable can understand the amount of work a large facility can create when paying hundreds of vendors each month. At Biggs-Gridley Memorial Hospital, Kim Lewellen took this complex job on when the hospital went back to local control on May 1, 2009, something Fremont-Rideout had done for the past eight years.

Anyone who has worked in accounts payable can understand the amount of work a large facility can create when paying hundreds of vendors each month.


At Biggs-Gridley Memorial Hospital, Kim Lewellen took this complex job on when the hospital went back to local control on May 1, 2009, something Fremont-Rideout had done for the past eight years. Before taking the accounts payable on, she was the person responsible for insurance billing and posting the cash. She enjoyed both of these jobs, even though each was a lot of work since she dealt with such a vast amount of different insurance companies.


Her employment at the hospital began 11 years ago when her husband David decided he wanted to move back to his home town from San Diego and she readily agreed. She began in registration both at the Family Care Clinic and the hospital, often working holidays and weekends.


The couple has three children, daughter Chloe who is 19 years-old and going to college, six-year-old Vance who is in the first grade and three-year-old Jace who is in daycare three days a week and spends the other two days of the week at his grandparents house, Lillian and Carroll Lewellen.   


As is normal with the dedicated employees at BGMH, Lewellen has graciously taken on another large task since July, the payroll. Paying 180 employees every other week is a time consuming job to say the least. She credits the payroll seminars she has attended as a big help along with her fellow employees in the business office who are always ready to help when needed. Like every other department, the employees are very good about helping out, never uttering the words, "It's not my job." It is truly a great working environment in the business office where everyone works together to make sure that the work gets done. This was no easy job to take on as the hospital pays out $7.2 to $7.4 million per year in wages. The revenue stream to this community from this huge payroll is anywhere from 21 to 35 million per year when you consider each dollar turning over at least three times and employees buying cars, houses, paying taxes, groceries, etc. This would have been an exorbitant loss to this city if the hospital had closed last year.


"I like that my work is appreciated," she stated about being named the August Employee of the month. She credits her in laws with the help they give with the kids, primarily babysitting, but also having the family over for dinner once a week. "I couldn't do all of this without them. They help us so much. I really appreciate all of their help and support," she stated.


Lewellen sees her added responsibilities as a great opportunity to learn much more and to add another chapter to her life.