As a pathology assistant at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, Cynthia Bender is responsible for receiving and sorting various specimens, including blood, skin cells and saliva, that are sent for laboratory testing. After each specimen is tested, Cynthia reviews the collected clinical data and shares the results with the clinician, so the clinician can identify what procedures may be recommended for treating the patient.
Cynthia started her career with Northwell more than 30 years ago as an evening, part-time phlebotomist. From there, she was able to continue her education and receive her associate’s degree in business administration before moving into a full-time phlebotomist role. In 1995, she transferred to Northwell’s Raisler Testing, Outpatient Center in Manhattan, one of the largest laboratory systems in the Northeast and assisted at the center until September 2005. That same year Cynthia transferred to her current position in the send out department at Lenox Hill Hospital, a 652-bed acute care hospital located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. “I love that my work as a pathology assistant allows me to make a difference in the lives of our patients at Northwell. We help clinicians diagnose patients faster to better treat them. It brings a sense of fulfillment knowing that I am aiding in their treatment.”
Cynthia shared that she was attracted to Northwell long before she applied for her first job here because of our reputation as one of the best health systems in the nation. Throughout her career at Northwell, Cynthia has been able to serve in several different positions because she is always encouraged to learn more. “The support that I received to develop in my field encouraged me to take on new opportunities and grow within the organization,” Cynthia shared adding, “I have been able to take advantage of several programs, including our mentorship program that pairs new staff with different leaders.” Today, Northwell has over 60 mentorships programs to help prepare current and future employees through the support and guidance of seasoned Health Raisers who share their knowledge and experience.
When asked if she could offer any advice to those looking into the field of pathology, Cynthia advises anyone starting their career to take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. “Where you are right now is not where you will end up at the end of your career. Hard work pays off, so take advantage of every opportunity that may come your way.”
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