“As the point of care coordinator, I have the opportunity to work one on one with other departments sharing the knowledge of getting great results, demystifying myths about the lab and fostering relationships to make our point of care program and laboratory great,” Kayla said. “Being there for the patient and providing the best patient care that we can is my calling. Every number, every test, directly ties back to our patients and it’s our job to do the best we can to support the people who need it.”
Kayla’s leadership and positive stewardship earned her recognition as Saint Joseph Hospital’s Employee of the Year in 2021, an honor which she said was humbling and appreciated.
Outside of the lab, Kayla is an avid gardener. She’s currently working on her summer vegetable garden and transferring her great-grandmother’s heirloom flowers to her garden.
“She passed away a few years ago, but I’ve been transferring her red hot pokers, bluebells and daffodils to my garden,” Kayla said.
Kayla also has a passion for photography, having photographed family and friends during special moments and occasions.
“[My favorite photoshoot] is one that is more special, and means more to me,” Kayla said. “My mom had breast cancer a few years ago. During the course of treatment, she began to lose her hair. She decided that she wanted control of the situation so she decided to shave her head. She asked me to do a before and after photo shoot of her and my dad.
“It was a beautiful and emotional day. I was so grateful to be included in those private shared moments between my parents and to be able to support them in such a difficult time.”