Meet Marla, Laboratory Administrative Director at Renown Health. After several years of rural medicine, Marla was eager to get back to a facility with state-of-the-art technology and advanced care teams. And we were eager to have her join the Renown team. Her presence in the lab couldn’t have come at a more necessary time.
The pandemic has brought many changes and challenges to hospitals and healthcare systems everywhere. Within the lab at Renown, it’s caused a shift in the team’s focus. Marla said: “Our molecular laboratory scientists rapidly adopted new methods to respond to the pandemic and safeguard our community. These are cutting-edge technologies that require new skills and equipment for high complexity tests. Our scientists quickly became the regional leader in accuracy and turnaround time for COVID19 results. It is an honor to work with this dedicated team.”
Though much of the team’s focus and energy has been spent responding to COVID-19, the team’s commitment has remained unchanged. We fight the good fight every day. To Marla, that means, “The laboratory staff at Renown are dedicated to providing the best possible care for our patients. I have never seen a group of dedicated individuals work harder or with more determination. The challenges of this past year have made our staff stronger.”
This past year, as it was for so many in healthcare, has been extremely trying. But that hasn’t changed the outlook in the lab. Marla calls the team, “Tired but hopeful!” She went on to share: “The pandemic has been hard on the team. But there is a major remodeling project underway that will help us provide better care, we are recruiting terrific new staff members to be on our team, and we are convinced that Renown is the best place to work in northern Nevada. It’s a great time to be part of this amazing team.”
That amazing team is made stronger by its diverse makeup. Marla said, “Our team comes from many countries, many backgrounds, and many educational opportunities. We deliberately bring it all together, to lift each other up and make us stronger.”
It’s that diversity of backgrounds that provides a diversity of perspectives, understanding, and opportunities to learn from each other. That environment, coupled with the hope of what’s to come, makes it an exciting time to be a part of the Renown lab team. Join us and fight the good fight.