In the minds of many people, healthcare careers only involve direct patient contact and care, but advancements in technology have created many opportunities where that is no longer the case. The medical field has a vast array of careers and opportunities available for those interested in medicine or science who are not interested in having direct contact with patients. One example of this is hospital laboratory professionals, who play a huge role in the modern healthcare system.

The laboratory at Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) provides invaluable services to healthcare providers by assisting them in finding accurate diagnoses and treatments for patients. Laboratory staff perform a wide range of tests on various specimens taken from patients that give providers the information they need to diagnose and treat patients accurately and effectively.

The PMC lab is home to a team of highly skilled and dedicated professionals who provide invaluable care and service to both patients and the entire hospital system. Staff in the laboratory who work at various levels are each responsible for performing functions that are effective, patient-centered, timely and ultimately, help improve patient outcomes.

“The PMC laboratory and pathology staff exhibit an amazing drive for quality and hard work with a caring, collaborative family spirit,” stated PMC Director of Laboratory Services Paula Keathley. “Being a part of this team is rewarding and fulfilling and we love to welcome those with a passion for laboratory science to our growing team.”

Although laboratory positions may not be as visible or get the same amount of recognition as other healthcare positions, they play a vital role in the health and well-being of patients. Often, lab results are the deciding factor in how a physician ultimately chooses to treat a patient.

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