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MOBILE, Ala. - Marta Gale recently joined USA Health as Director of Health System Laboratories where she will lead labs at USA Medical Center, USA Children’s & Women’s Hospital and the USA Mitchell Cancer Institute.
“We are working to build a dynamic laboratory system that provides services to the entire Gulf Coast,” says Gale. “To accomplish that, we need to be very efficient delivering test results in a timely and cost-effective manner.”
Gale says she is delighted to work with a staff that looks forward to meeting the challenge. “We have good techs who want to provide high-quality services in a timely manner. We also have excellent pathologists who want to do the same.”
Improving turnaround time benefits patients, Gale says, and that’s the reason hospital staff will continue to strive to meet new goals. “If they are working here, they want to benefit the patient.”
A native of Argentina, Gale earned a degree in biochemistry there, then came to the U.S. as a research technologist at Duke and Johns Hopkins universities. After moving to Mobile, she did a rotation to become a medical technologist.
She chose the field, she says, because she was an introvert, but liked to help patients. Working in the lab allowed her to do just that. Now, she says, as an administrator, she has endless interaction with others.
She began working as a med tech at USA and moved up in her career field through other positions at Mobile Infirmary and Singing River Health System, before rejoining USA Health in May. In the meantime, she earned a master’s degree in health services administration.
Gale also studied theology at Spring Hill College and earned a master’s in pastoral studies and a certificate in spiritual direction: “I like to study.”
When she isn’t working, she’s often with family or with a prayer group. “Everything I do is to deepen my relationship with God and love others,” she says.
“When I was in science and totally into the lab, I was in my 20s. In my 50s, I took my theology classes, and biblical spirituality is my biggest passion.”
Her theology and her lab work both allow her to fulfill that passion “to bring help to a world that needs it.”
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