Frontline employee Savoya Davis is a Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) Healthcare Hero.  Davis is a 35-year veteran at PMC and works as a supervisor in the new state-of-the-art laboratory.

Davis conducts and oversees quality assurance, quality control, collecting, analyzing, and interpreting lab results.

COVID-19 has increased the activity in PMC’s laboratory. In addition to routine lab tests, the staff has increased the number of tests they process with additional cultures and rapid COVID-19 tests.

“During my time working, I have never seen, from a work perspective, a disease as relentless as COVID- 19,” said Davis.  “I work with a great group of medical technologists, medical laboratory technicians, phlebotomists, and receivers.  Each group plays a role in getting the correct COVID-19 test result for our patients.”

Davis added that the disease is very real and encourages everyone to take it seriously.

“Everyone needs to continue practicing social distancing, wearing a mask, and washing hands,” said Davis.

She says she feels the COVID-19 vaccine is especially important in stopping the spread of this disease.

“I will be taking the vaccine as many other frontline employees are,” Davis said. “At a time like this, we all need to make good decisions and consider what is best for others, as well as ourselves.”

She has been married to William Davis since 1979.  William was a coal miner for over 35 years.  She is the mother of Tristan Davis, a PMC pharmacist, and grandmother to three granddaughters, Margot Alice, Lynette Aubrey, and Meredith.

When not on the frontlines, Davis loves spending time with her family.

“Professionally and personally COVID-19 has made me realize how much we all need each other.  When we work together, as a team, we can truly make a difference no matter how small or big our part may be,” she said.  “Everyone just needs to do their part, at all times.”