Laine Reeder

Laine Reeder, a medical laboratory scientist at Rapides Regional Medical Center, recently received the “Educator of the Year Award” from the Louisiana Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.

The award recognizes the outstanding professional achievement clinical laboratory science educators who demonstrate the highest professional ideals and inspires others – by outstanding example – in clinical laboratory science.

Reeder, who has been a medical laboratory scientist for 30 years, was nominated by Kim Middleton, the Laboratory Administrative Director at Rapides Regional Medical Center. Reeder now serves as the RRMC Laboratory Education Coordinator.

“Laine is always asking ‘why,’ and follows that up with ‘let’s look it up and find out,’” Middleton wrote in the nomination. “Laine has been extremely involved in the educational aspect, not only with students, but also with our staff.”

The nomination also referenced Laine’s energy level and her willingness to challenge her students in fun and effective ways.

“Laine wears many hats, from educator coordinator to safety officer, guest lecturer, substitute mother and disciplinarian, tutor, taxi cab driver and errand runner. She does whatever it takes. She is known for a saying that is very common around our lab. She says, ‘Let us not remain in ignorance.’”

Reeder serves on the Lab Employee Advisory Group, serves as an officer with the Central Louisiana Society for Medical Technologists and is an active member of LSCLS.