Artist of the Month - April 2014

Amy Frame, Medical Lab Technician, was chosen as Artist of the Month for April 2014.

 Kim Frazier, Director of Diagnostic Services for Braxton County Memorial Hospital and Laboratory Supervisor, states, “It is my pleasure to nominate Amy Frame as Artist of the Month for her assistance with the CARDIAC Kids project. CARDIAC is an acronym for Coronary Artery Risk Detection In Appalachian Communities, a program which screens elementary school students for the prevalence of children’s cardiovascular risk factors.”

 Kim explains the process noting Amy’s eleven year involvement with this program, “She goes to schools and collects blood from fifth graders, which is then sent to a reference laboratory for analysis. Collecting blood from students this age requires a special person who possesses the skill to perform venipunctures efficiently as well as the personality to put the student at ease. Sometimes a second phlebotomist goes with her, but for many years, she has been the only person collecting blood. She works with Kathryn Greenlief through the CARDIAC Program coordinating screenings. Amy spends a couple of days traveling from school to school collecting specimens.  After returning to the hospital, she prepares the specimens for transport.”

 According to the CARDIAC website, these screenings have provided valuable information about the prevalence of children's cardiovascular risk factors. Within the program infrastructure, 1844 kindergarten, 627 second, 39,469 fifth, and 728 ninth graders have participated in the CARDIAC Project. An additional 3,323 parents and 315 school staff have received free fasting lipid profiles to assess their personal risk. Kim comments, “By assisting with this project, Amy exemplifies  BCMH’s mission of ‘Caring for You Close to Home’.  She is a great ambassador for our lab and hospital as she provides this valuable service to the community.”

 Amy joined the BCMH family in March 1990 and was previously honored with an Employee Recognition Award only two year’s ago for her dedication to the well-being of a BCMH patient. Amy and her husband of 23 years, Jerry, have two daughters. Macy is completing her final year at the WVU School of Pharmacy and Logan will be a senior at Braxton County High School. Jerry teaches and coaches the Lady Eagles softball team and is assistant coach for the girl’s basketball team. Amy enjoys cooking, trying new recipes, spending time with family and watching the Pittsburgh Steelers. Braxton County Memorial Hospital truly appreciates Amy’s dedication to her patients within our facility in addition to those young people in our elementary schools.