Behind the scenes of a global lab
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.
For the last year, Emily Fernholz’s time has been consumed by COVID-19. But as the pandemic has eased, she’s turned her attention back to the usual business of Mayo’s Clinical Virology/Parasitology Laboratory: testing for virus-, parasite-, and vector-borne diseases.
Shawn Mitchell brings a wealth of laboratory expertise to his role as a senior product manager at Mayo Clinic Laboratories, where he puts his knowledge to work promoting Mayo’s innovative infectious disease testing.
In her role as a laboratory technologist resource coordinator, Amy Nelson has to be prepared to handle whatever questions, concerns or issues come her way from Mayo Clinic Laboratories' clients. That ability to be ready for anything has served her well as her work has shifted and changed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last year, when Brian Netzel was redeployed from Mayo Clinic's Biochemical Genetics Lab to a lab testing for COVID-19, he put his skills to work wherever they were needed — alongside hundreds of other Mayo staff doing the same as they battled the pandemic together.
As a specialist in Mayo Clinic’s Office of Decedent Affairs, David Barta offers his knowledge and expertise to families after the death of a loved one, helping them deal with the logistics, while also answering questions and providing compassionate support.
As an experienced laboratory professional, Peter Wegwerth was well-suited to pivot from his work in Mayo Clinic's Biochemical Genetics Laboratory to redeployment in a COVID-19 testing lab when the pandemic hit in 2020.
Kae Essler’s behind-the-scenes role managing Mayo Clinic Laboratories’ Client Conversion team may not be highly visible, but her group’s work is crucial to ensuring an easy transition for clients and setting the stage for a productive collaboration going forward.
Angela Reese Davis supervises more than 300 staff members in Mayo Clinic Laboratories Specimen Operations. As COVID-19 has brought constant change to her area throughout the last year, Angela and her team have met every challenge with determination, teamwork and grace.
As safety coordinator for Mayo Clinic's Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Pat Hlavka's days have always been unpredictable and fast-paced. When COVID-19 hit, things only accelerated. But Pat enjoys a challenge, and she's happy to be in a role that allows her to solve problems and find creative solutions.
As she heads toward retirement at the end of March, Rita Baird looks back on her career at Mayo Clinic Laboratories and discusses her role working with MCL clients as a regional service representative.
A supervisor in the lab that's at the heart of Mayo Clinic Laboratories' COVID-19 testing, Dave Majewski's job has changed dramatically in the last year, as he went from overseeing about 40 staff members to more than 240 in a lab that now runs 24/7.