At Bethany Children’s Health Center, our employees truly are the heartbeat that drives the organization. Every day, through the care and service they provide, they live our mission of maximizing the potential of every child and exemplify our core values of compassion, integrity, excellence, service and stewardship. We hope you enjoy getting to know our amazing employees through our Heartbeat profiles.
How Human Resources professional, Molly Johnson, serves others through her career
What do you get when you combine a mind for business and a heart for helping others? HR Generalist -Benefits Specialist, Molly Johnson, has always had both, and she has taken a career journey following both her head and her heart to find the perfect fit at Bethany Children’s Health Center.
After college, Molly worked in banking customer service, but banking didn’t feel like the right industry. She moved to Florida to be closer to family and pursued a career as a flight attendant for three years. During that time, she met her husband and moved to Oklahoma to create a life with him and his three daughters. Her Oklahoma job search led her to Payroll and Human Resources Assistant positions with an automotive group, where she worked her way up to Benefits Coordinator and earned her PHR and SHRM-CP certifications. She knew she had found the career that felt right.
While Molly appreciated helping employees through HR, she felt a higher calling.
“I knew that I wanted a career that felt like a higher purpose and was helpful to the community in some way,” she says. When she saw a job posting for the hospital, she thought, “Although I’m not a medical person, I can be helpful to the employees who are called to care for sick kids.” In her heart, she knew she had found the missing piece in her career.
“I want to do everything in my power to ensure that our employees are getting the best care and the best value in keeping themselves and their families healthy, especially in this pandemic, so they can continue to provide the best care for our patients,” she shares. “I love when I find a new clause or stipulation that can really work to an employee’s benefit!”
Molly has a full plate at work, handling all of the benefit plans, 401k, the administrative side of Worker’s Compensation, and employee leaves of absence. She also manages the hospital’s account for the YMCA, as well as the fitness center at Bethany Church of the Nazarene and Bethany Counseling Center. Outside of work, she’s pursuing a master’s degree in legal studies with a focus on compliance and risk management from Seattle Law University.
But Molly never forgets the reason she works so hard. “I love hearing good news from employees, which happens frequently during FMLA meetings with employees,” she says. “We have a lot of expectant mothers at the hospital, and I am so excited for all of the new babies. I can’t wait to see all of the pictures!”
Hometown: Toledo, Ohio
Favorite hobbies/ways to spend free time: “Attending my twin stepdaughters’ cheerleading and volleyball events, family time, getting out on the lake on our boat whenever we can.”
Favorite food: Mexican food and chocolate
Favorite inspirational quote: “I actually have a box of over 700 inspirational quotes in my office that I change regularly. The two that really resonate with me are: ‘With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.’ Eleanor Roosevelt, and ‘Life is very interesting if you make mistakes.’ Georges Carpentier. I tend to be pretty hard on myself and these remind me that it’s okay to make mistakes and each day is a new day to try again.”
How would you spend a dream weekend? “On a beach or private island with my family and people I love – soaking up the sun and enjoying each other’s company.”
Something people might not know: “We lost my oldest stepdaughter in a car accident on January 26, 2019. She was an organ donor and saved four lives through organ donation. We spent New Year’s Day 2022 in Pasadena, CA where she was honored through a floragraph on the Donate Life float in the Parade of Roses. It was an emotional and amazing experience.”
From the bucket list: “Travel! Top spots include the pyramids in Egypt, the coast of Greece, Vatican City in Rome, Brazil, Jerusalem and Thailand, to name a few.”