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Thanks for working here this week: Karen Austin, Medical Technologist

Thanks for working here this week: Karen Austin, Medical Technologist

Campbell County Health is proud of its employees, and we want the CCH family and the Campbell County community to know about the good work that they do for this organization.

Introducing Karen Austin, MT(ASCP), a Medical Technologist in the Campbell County Memorial Hospital Laboratory. Karen has a bachelor’s of science degree in Medical Technology from the University of Wyoming. Karen has worked in the Lab for nearly 20 years, but has been in health care for 36 years.

Medical Technologists collect and analyze samples of blood, tissue, and body fluids that correctly detect, diagnose, and help prevent diseases, thus saving countless lives every day. The CCMH Laboratory currently performs over 400 different tests and references thousands more to Mayo Clinic. They also perform work for local physician and veterinary offices. To give you an idea of work load, in 2020 the CCMH Lab staff perform nearly a million total lab tests a year.

Karen was drawn to a career in health care because she knew that she wanted to take care of people. “When I was in high school I became very interested in lab tests and how many things can be learned just from a small amount of blood. I decided that was the best avenue for me to do my part in patient care,” she says.

When she’s not at work, Karen spends as much time as she can with family. “I enjoy traveling with my husband Brian to spend time with my sister and my 96-year-old dad in Rawlins, a son and family in Seattle, and a son and family in Billings. Grandbabies are the best!” she says.

We asked Karen what she likes most about working for CCH and what excellence every day means to her. Check out her response:

“I like working in the Lab because we are helping to diagnose, treat and prevent diseases every day with every test we perform. We work well together in the Lab and that makes our job enjoyable.

Excellence Every Day means working hard to make sure we are doing quality, reliable work in a timely manner to help patients as well as the providers taking care of them. When I leave work I am proud of what I have done and am looking forward to doing it again the next day.”

Thank you, Karen, for helping take care of our patients. We appreciate you!

Is there a CCH employee who went the extra mile or shows you extraordinary service? Give them a pat on the back by completing an Excellence Every Day card.

To learn more about the services available at the CCMH Lab, visit www.cchwyo.org/lab.