Lab Technologist

Anita Hathorn has been employed with the Shelby County Health Department for 3 1/2 years. As a Lab Technologist, she analyzes and performs testing on blood & body fluid samples for sexually transmitted disease such as Syphillis, Gonorrhea, and HIV; analyzes water samples from the public and private water systems for the presence or absence of bacteria; analyzes samples submiteed to the Health Department's Bioterrorism lab by entities such as the FBI and hospital labs for the presence or absence of Bioterrorism agents such as Ricin or Anthrax. 

Anita is also employed on PRN status by St. Francis Hospital-Memphis as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist in the Blood Bank, where she was employed full time prior to accepting her current position at the Health Department. Anita also has employment experience from Baptist Memorial Hospital, LifeBlood Midsouth, Mississippi Baptist Medical Center, Baptist DeSoto, and the Delta Medical Center.

Anita was born in Vaiden, MIssissippi and is the eldest of 4 girls. She comes from a long legacy of educators - her mother, father, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins are/were all teachers. Anita obtained a B.A. degree in Biology from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and a B.S. degree in Medical Technology from the Unversity of Tennessee Health Science Center. 

Anita is the mother of her 14 year old son, Quinton, and aunt to one neice and one nephew. She loves to travel and has been on 6 cruises, primarily to the Caribbean.

Anita enjoys working for PHEPP because of all the exciting and innovative ideas that are implemented to train the general public in preparing for emergencies. She also enjoys working with and meeting peope from various sectors of the emergency management community.


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