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The Laboratory Report - Summer 2014

THE LABORATORY REPORT Summer 2014 Page 5 In Focus: Houston Methodist St. John Laboratory (continued) I enjoy working here because all of us in the histology lab make a difference in the lives of patients every day. – Shiny Chacko, medical laboratory technician. High quality patient care is our primary focus. As a team member and a potential patient, this truly speaks volumes of our laboratory and hospital. – Renee Robson, medical technologist. I have been working in the medical field for 25 years and I really enjoy working at St. John. Our team treats our patients with care, kindness, and respect. – Norma Flores, laboratory technician. The Houston Methodist St. John laboratory encompasses histology, microbiology, clinical chemistry, and hematology and blood bank laboratories. All laboratories are located on the 2nd floor of the main hospital, and as a result of damage sustained during Hurricane Ike, underwent a major renovation in 2008. The resultant space is bright and modern, with an open floor plan and dedicated patient stations. As Houston continues to expand to the southeast, Houston Methodist St. John has established itself as a vital component of the community. Ms. Rebecca Simon, director of laboratory services, explains, “Our laboratory service grew by almost 20% in the past 3 years. The post-Ike renovations allowed us to grow our outpatient services and become a regional reference lab. Currently, we provide over 35,000 units of service per month, which translates to 1.4 million tests per year. Most of our tests are performed in-house and only 4-5% are sent out to other reference labs.” Ms. Simon went on to explain that the laboratory partners with a number of standalone clinics in the area, including St. Mary’s Mobile clinic, and is affiliated with The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Consequently, students pursuing degrees in medical technology and associated disciplines can complete their clinical fellowships in the St. John laboratories and many times are offered full-time employment. This, along with the exceptional quality and friendly atmosphere in the lab, leads to a very low employee turnover rate. From left to right: Anna Castiglione Richmond, MD James Gregory


The Laboratory Report - Summer 2014
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