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Story last updated at 5:36 PM on Wednesday, September 21, 2011

SPH bids farewell to lab director Jody Levit


Jody Levit

South Peninsula Hospital bids farewell and appreciation to Jody Levit, who has been director of laboratory services at the hospital for the past 12 years.

"During her time here she not only improved and expanded the lab services offered, but served on the quality improvement committee, marketing committee, employee activities committee and construction committee. She was awarded SPH Manager of the Year twice in the 12 years for her outstanding contributions to the hospital," according to a hospital press release.

The laboratory more than doubled its activity in volume of procedures during her tenure as lab director. Levit was successful in the acquisition of new equipment which uses the most advanced technology, and launched the "Request A Test" service which continues to make routine lab tests available without the need for a physician's order. She extended lab hours at the hospital and was instrumental in launching satellite lab services at Homer Medical Clinic.

Levit also contributed greatly to the recent hospital expansion by serving on the construction committee, promoting the need for the expansion and assisting with interior design.

She and staff worked closely with architects and the project manager on the design of the new laboratory, specifying the exact facility needs to improve the lab, making it ergonomic for staff and accommodating to patients. She donated many hours of her interior design skills in assisting with the selection of furnishings and décor in the new hospital, said the release.

Throughout her years at SPH, Levit worked closely with the Blood Bank of Alaska to offer blood drives in Homer and offered mobile health fair services for local businesses.

She was active in the community, serving on numerous boards and committees. She most recently co-founded the local chapter of Grandfamilies Network Project, and served on the Rotary Health Fair committee for 12 years, working with the Homer-Kachemak Bay Rotary Club to organize and implement the annual Health Fair. Under her leadership the lab offered new tests at the fair, started offering pre-fair testing at the hospital and streamlined fair appointments and distribution of test results.

Levit's last day is Friday.

A farewell gathering will begin at 6 p.m. Friday at Alice's Champagne Palace. The public of all ages is invited to stop by and bid farewell to Jody, her husband, Barry Levit, and their family.

The family is moving to Coupeville, Wash., on Whidbey Island, where Jody will become the lab director for Whidbey General Hospital.

Laura Miller, clinical lab scientist, will take over as the interim lab director at the hospital. Miller, a 24-year lab employee, worked closely with Levit over the years in the operations of the lab.