Dr. Belinda D. Presley, PhD, MHA, MSc MT/HT (ASCP), has worked in the healthcare industry for over three decades. She began her career as a laboratory analyst for Kraft General Foods before taking her talents to the clinical lab at Cox Health, where she quickly applied herself and earned the positions of Toxicology Section supervisor and Pathology/Histology Assistant Section Head/Immunology Coordinator. Today, she serves as the Director of Laboratory Sciences at Citizens Memorial Healthcare (CMH) in Bolivar, MO.
Dr. Presley oversees processes for each of CMH’s parts, including its main hospital, and has overseen seven long-term care facilities, 18 different rural health clinics, and five pre-hospital service facilities. With her keen business sense, she’s been able to cut costs across the board and correct the billing errors of several test types. And, what she might call her greatest business achievement, her efforts have reduced errors in patient results.
Above all else, what motivates her is providing quality patient care. Alongside her financial accomplishments, by reducing the number of send-outs and optimizing the test menu, both patient and doctor receive better, faster results. Additionally, Dr. Presley has expanded testing into ambulatory settings and expanded newborn screening to give patients better access.