Mayo Clinic Labs @ Work
Thousands of people in hundreds of different roles work at Mayo Clinic Laboratories. Mayo Clinic Labs @Work offers a glimpse behind the scenes into this busy reference laboratory, featuring staff from throughout the organization talking about what they do and why they do it.
Before joining Mayo Clinic, I worked at a multisite hospital system in Michigan for 10 wonderful years. During that time, I applied for positions with greater responsibility in different areas of the laboratory to expand my knowledge on system functionality. I started as a molecular technologist, and after several years, held many other titles including assistant supervisor of lab customer service, phlebotomy manager, and system manager for send outs.
I held the latter role during the COVID-19 outbreak, and that’s how I met Mayo Clinic Laboratories’ Michigan regional service representatives team. I came to appreciate the unique and valuable role of the regional service representatives and applied for an open position. Now, I am proud to say I have worked with Mayo Clinic Laboratories for more than two years.
As a regional service representative on our awesome field service team, I serve as a client advocate. My focus is to assist sendout laboratories with operations, service, education, and training. There is no typical workday for me and I’m grateful for the variety, flexibility, and opportunities the position affords. I visit with our clients in person because onsite meetings are essential for us to build meaningful relationships, operationalize Mayo Clinic IT solutions at the bench, and make real-time observations for targeted improvement. These tailored visits are an excellent way to show our clients the value of a partnership with Mayo Clinic Laboratories.
Regional service representatives benefit patients and providers directly and indirectly. Some days, we work directly with a lab to connect their rural patient to another institution we partner with for a blood draw. Then we have specialized testing sent to Mayo Clinic. Other days, we work with an entire institution to set up an electronically tracked self-collection process for pediatric patient test monitoring. It’s a blessing to have a position where our team adds value to the patient care process.
Folks might find it interesting to know how involved regional service representatives are in the development of new customer-facing technologies for Mayo Clinic Laboratories. Regional services representatives act as business subject matter experts and relay what clients may need in certain platforms accurately. IT solutions like Message Center, Activity Metrics, and Notifications all require passionate regional service representative volunteers to develop, test, and implement successfully. As the only reference laboratory with a dedicated service-based team, we offer unique support that’s more comprehensive, tailored, and devoted to our clients’ operational needs. Also, bringing new solutions to clients is fun!
It’s challenging when we can’t offer a preferred solution. The role of a regional service representative is to advocate for our clients and add value to their operations. When we are unable to fully fix an issue or must delay a resolution, it can be frustrating for the client and our team.
My clients, my colleagues and teammates, Mayo Clinic Laboratories as a whole, and my personal love of laboratory testing motivate me to come to work every day. It’s incredible to have all these qualifiers aligned and a career that’s meaningful and rewarding. I feel very lucky to be a regional service representative with Mayo Clinic Laboratories.
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Brie LaJoye began her career with Mayo Clinic in 2018 as an intern and has been with the organization for nearly six years. She currently works as a Laboratory information system (LIS) technical specialist, managing lab instrumentation, troubleshooting issues, and improving testing procedures. Her work ensures accurate and timely results for patients and providers, and she takes pride in being a crucial part of the lab's operations.
Eight years ago, Tamara Staley joined Mayo Clinic Laboratories’ Cardiovascular Sales team selling CV diagnostic testing to community hospitals. Now, she leads sales for Hematology and Oncology’s Central Region. Tamara is proud to help connect physicians and patients to a wide variety of oncology solid tumor testing that includes breast cancer testing.
Outreach manager Jane Hermansen regards Mayo Clinic as the pinnacle of healthcare. Having spent her formative years in Minnesota, she was inspired by her uncle Roger to embark on a path as a laboratory scientist. Presently, she oversees the Mayo Clinic Laboratories outreach consulting and network programs. In addition, she spearheads the laboratory industry's only outreach conference, Leveraging the Laboratory.