When Jeanine Rhodes started work at NSW Health Pathology’s Mudgee Hospital lab back on 24 July 1972, the world of pathology looked rather different.
Tasks were performed manually with great skill and precision. The work was labour intensive, repetitive and, at times rather unsavoury. Back then mouth pipetting was the norm for pathology tests. Here liquids were transferred from one test tube to another using a straw-like tool.
Thankfully for Jeanine and her colleagues, this technique is long gone in our modern labs. With a wave of innovation in technology and science during her long career, Jeanine has also been on the frontline of the pathology evolution.
The introduction of computers and robotic diagnostic technology has led to faster, more accurate diagnostic tests and better patient care.
What hasn’t changed during Jeanine’s 45-year career is her commitment to delivering the best possible service for local clinicians and patients.
Now in her role as a phlebotomist – a skilled technician who collects blood from patients for medical tests – Jeannine not only supports patients but also helps train other staff.
Those who’ve had the pleasure of working with Jeanine also remark on her quick wit, cheekiness and fondness for a flutter. In fact, the latter has seen her don a nude onesie for a lap of honour on one occasion.
NSW Health Pathology’s Chief Executive Tracey McCosker said Jeanine’s commitment to her role and the local community’s health for the last two and a half decades is beyond commendable.
“We are so thankful for Jeanine’s hard work and commitment to helping provide such an important local pathology service in Mudgee over the last 45 years,” Ms McCosker said.
“It’s people like Jeanine who are passionate about making a positive difference and doing so with a smile on her face that inspires us all. Congratulations and thank you, Jeanine,” Ms McCosker said.