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McCoy has a bond with blood

February 16, 2012

Photo by Victoria Stanish – Wendy McCoy, pictured, works as a phlebotomist at Elk Regional Health Center.

ST. MARYS – Some people really are out for your blood - but that's not always a bad thing. Just ask Wendy McCoy, a phlebotomist at Elk Regional Health Center since June 2011.
McCoy, a 1986 graduate of Ridgway Area High School, moved back to the area from Kitanning about two years ago and works part-time at ERHC.
Phlebotomists draw blood from a patient's veins to collect samples for testing. McCoy said "phlebotomist" comes from the Greek word "phlebos," which means "vein."
"It basically means specializing in veins," McCoy said.
McCoy is state-licensed as a certified medical assistant/phlebotomist and attended the Career Training Academy in New Kensington, Pa. She worked as a medical assistant in the dental field for a number of years before moving into her current field.
"I'm a dental assistant, a medical assistant, and now I'm doing phlebotomy. I really like the phlebotomy," McCoy said.
McCoy said she enjoys her work and interacting with others.
"I'm a hands-on kind of person. I'm a very people person," McCoy said. "I connect with people in a short amount of time - some people come in every week. You develop a relationship with them because you see them all the time."

Pick up a copy of the Friday, Feb. 17, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.

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