JC Malone celebrates 50 years of employment in the pharmacy department at Regional One Health. “I joke that when my mom came back for her checkup she just left me here.”
Sometimes JC Malone likes to joke that he’s been at Regional One Health his whole life. There’s a lot of truth in that statement, considering Malone was born at Regional One Health before later embarking on what is now a 50-year career at the hospital.
“I joke that when my mom came back for her checkup she just left me here,” he said with a laugh.
Malone celebrated 50 years of employment in the pharmacy department at Regional One Health on Oct. 11. He didn’t set out for a long pharmacy career. In fact, a friend told Malone about job openings at what was then known as John Gaston Hospital. He decided to apply, and began work as a pharmacy assistant in October 1967.
In 1973 Malone went through a career development program to become a medication specialist, which eventually changed names to the current pharmacy technician position.
In the early years Malone worked in the basement of the Crowe Research Building at University of Tennessee Health Science Center where he manufactured large batches of medications, including Milk of Magnesia, Robitussin and Potassium Chloride.
“Somehow to this day I think I made so much Robitussin I still remember how much of everything goes in it,” he said.
Technology has changed through the years, and Malone no longer makes large batches of medications. Today he spends his evening shifts in the IV room preparing intravenous therapy infusions for patients, a job he’s filled since 2004.
Other than operating rooms, Malone’s work is in the most sterile part of the hospital. He makes medications for all patients every four hours, fills new orders as they come up and prepares extra batches of medications that are available for the next shift.
Whether it’s antibiotics or cardiac drugs, Malone is responsible for IV infusions used across Regional One Health, and has a hand in many patient’s stories. He often thinks about those people his work touches, even if he’s never met them.