Spotlight on Employee Service: Carl Lo

When Carl Lo started at TMC, he knew he wanted to be a long-term employee.  But he never imagined that 40 years later, he’d still be here.  He’s been in the same department he started in back in 1972, and is currently a supervisor in the microbiology laboratory section of the clinical laboratory.

“When you talk to him, you can tell he is very passionate about his job,” says Laboratory Manager Sanjay Timbadia.

What does Carl enjoy most about his job?  He doesn’t hesitate for a single second when he says, “the people.”  Some of his co-workers are also some of his closest friends.  Carl says the laboratory staff was actually bigger when he started, than it is now.  Perhaps the biggest change he’s seen is in the technology.  Carl recalls that when he started working here, a lot of the testing methods he’d use were manual methods.  Now, automated instruments have drastically reduced the amount of time it takes to get results.

“Results that may have taken us 24 to 48 hours in the past are now able to be generated in probably 5 to 12 hours time.  That’s a big difference in the amount of time it takes us to get the information the clinician needs in order to treat their patient.”  That’s what keeps Carl plugging away – knowing that he’s making a difference.

“I hope I can be here for the next 40 years,” he says with a smile.  Although he’s quick to add that realistically, it may be another 6 or 7 before he retires.  We appreciate your service, Carl!

Spotlight on Employee Service: Service Pin Ceremony

It’s hard to believe that it’s already that time of year again, where we shine the spotlight on some extraordinary employees, and celebrate their many years of service to Tucson Medical Center.  The annual Service Pin Ceremony in which TMC honors employees who have reached a five-year milestone of consecutive service, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Westin La Paloma.

We wanted to dish up some much-deserved kudos for these employees ahead of the event as well.  Starting today, you can read about these incredible people, and their memories from their time at TMC.  This year, we are giving special recognition to  some long-time employees, including one 50-year honoree:  David Howell from Radiology.  David lived on campus during his early days here, where he rented a room for $12.50 a month!  There are some other long-time stars, too, including Nancy Spiller and Tina Aviles, who have been here for 45-years.  There’s another group right behind them at 40-years of service that includes Janie Cook, Patti Kubista, Georgia Turner, Rita Cadava, Vickie Nunez, Carl Lo, and Donna Brewer. 

Each employee has a story to tell, and a rich history to share.  Donna – a wound, ostomy, and continence nurse, will tell you about the early days when she had to go to Danny’s Pharmacy across the street in order to get her supplies!  There are many other honorees with amazing stories of friendship, dedication and love for TMC.

The Service Pin Ceremony is TMC’s opportunity to recognize those employees who are truly proud to be here.  Enjoy reading their stories in the coming days.  They may conjure up some memories yourself!

About the ceremony:  TMC’s annual  Service Pin Ceremony will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Westin La Paloma.  This year’s theme is the 2012 Olympics – Celebrating TMC’s Medalists.  Everyone celebrating milestone anniversaries this year received invitations in the mail and can bring one guest at no charge.

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