Clair (Jim) Leeper will retire from Tyrone Regional Health Network (TRHN)/Tyrone Hospital on May 17th after eleven years of service.
Mr. Leeper worked as an Information Technology (IT) Technician in the Information Technology Department. His duties included supporting all technology used at Tyrone Regional Health Network facilities including Tyrone Hospital, the Tyrone Rural Health Center, Houtzdale Rural Health Center, Pinecroft Medical Center, the Tyrone Fitness and Wellness Center and Company Healthcare. The technology he supported included computers, land line telephones and for a portion of his work experience, computer printers.
Mr. Leeper is a native and lifelong resident of the Tyrone area. He is a veteran of the United States Navy where he served in active duty for four years as well as in the naval reserves. He has worked with technology for thirty-five years with a third of his career spent at Tyrone. He is certified in Computer Networks, Microsoft and Computer Technology.
He found his way to TRHN after a hospital employee let him know about an opening in the hospital’s IT department. “I applied and started working at the hospital a week later and never left,” said Mr. Leeper.
During his years at TRHN he was involved in several major facility wide IT projects such as computer, network, server and phone upgrades. “I think I have pulled thousands of feet of cable throughout the facility as part of my involvement in these projects, said Mr. Leeper. He also shared “on call” duties with co-workers both before and during his time at Tyrone. Mr. Leeper said in an organization like a hospital that operates 24/7, people may need technology support at any time of the day or night. “We are here to serve them.” He jokes a bit about being “on call”. “Between my work time at Tyrone and the years before, I guess you could say I’ve been “on call” since 1984.”
Mr. Leeper said he always viewed his job as a responsibility to serve others. His work touched literally every department and entity within TRHN. He says he was always glad to help and support co-workers, whether for an IT related issue or anything else he could do to help.
His interest in technology extends to his personal life, he also works with computers as a hobby. Friends and co-workers often tap him as a resource for their technology needs.
In retirement Mr. Leeper looks forward to more time with family, completing projects around the house, gardening, hunting, fishing, and getting reacquainted with his guitar. He also plans to work part-time in retirement. He didn’t have to look far for his retirement job. He will return to TRHN to work a couple of days a week in the IT department at Tyrone Hospital.
The Tyrone Regional Health Network family extends deepest gratitude to Mr. Leeper for his years of service and extends warmest wishes to him on his upcoming retirement.