Beacons in the Storm

Snow on the quad at Duke

Duke experienced an unusually heavy snowfall last week, bringing most transportation to a halt. The hospital made accommodations available for nurses and other clinical staff to remain on site; however Pathology is not always recognized as an essential service during severe weather. Many laboratory employees, attending and house staff physicians contributed to keeping anatomic pathology and laboratory services running to ensure patient care. A few of these outstanding individuals include: Beverly Williams in the Flow Cytometry Laboratory who spent the night Wednesday and opened her lab to collections for specimens from other laboratories to ensure specimen integrity; Dr. Avani Pendse, who was staffing the Fine Needle Aspiration Service, made it in on Thursday (after experiencing a power outage at home) and stayed over Thursday night to be ready for patient cases Friday morning; Dr. Rohini Kannuswamy, a Surgical Pathology fellow, was covering frozen sections and remained there overnight and into the next day until the attending pathologist was able to arrive.   Our residents Dr. Mitchell Arbogast spent the night to cover frozens and Dr. Catherine Luedke covered gross sections. There are many more.  We are proud of the commitment to outstanding patient care shown by our staff and faculty.