Paula Ward has been recognized by the Mississippi Society of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS-MS) as 2009 Educator of the Year. Ward, Director of Laboratory Services at Wesley Medical Center, joined ASCLS in 1975 and has served both the Mississippi and Louisiana chapters through her active membership and leadership roles.
As Laboratory Director at Wesley Medical Center, Paula has championed the effort to train clinical laboratory students and professionals. She worked with the University of Southern Mississippi Medical Technology staff to establish Wesley Medical Center as an affiliate site for student Medical Technology clinical rotation. In addition she worked with the USM
Medical Technology program staff to develop a phlebotomy certificate program to train and educate these critical laboratory support personnel.
Ward received an M.A. in Management and Supervision: Healthcare Administration from Central Michigan University and a B.S. in Medical Technology from The University of Southern Mississippi