Bio: As the Supervisor of Specimen Collection/Phlebotomy and a clinical educator for the nursing staff, Patricia Lockhart’s focus is training and educating phlebotomists and nurses in proper venipuncture techniques and specimen collection practices in the pre-analytical phase of laboratory testing.
A member of the Community Regional Medical Center staff since 2000, Lockhart coordinates the workflow of 57 phlebotomists in the only Level I trauma center in the San Joaquin Valley between San Francisco and Los Angeles. Offering the third largest emergency room in California, the facility achieved Stroke Center of Excellence status with the assistance of Lockhart and fellow team members.
Her professional experience began in 1972 and includes working as a lab assistant and then technologist at several hospitals, as well as a lab manager overseeing three moderately complex and five waived labs in the Midwest. Lockhart has been a CAP inspector and has served on various committees, including performance improvement, compliance, and risk management and safety. She has also served as an instructor for the licensing of nurses in phlebotomy through the State Board of Nursing in California.
Lockhart is a certified medical lab technologist through the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and a licensed clinical lab scientist through the state of California. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology from Avila University with clinical internship through the Corondelet School of Medical Technology.