When Lillia E. King entered the health care profession more than four decades ago, she was following in the footsteps of her late mother and several of her family members. Through hard work and passion, she became regarded as an expert in histopathology and administration. Although now retired, Ms. King spent a number of years with Schneider Regional Medical Center, an integrated health system created to provide comprehensive, quality care to residents and visitors to the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean. In her role as a supervisor, she managed four people, stipulated the required employee category, made equipment requests, maintained updates, documented reports, and evaluated personnel annually. Ms. King also worked to find the most cost-effective histopathology procedures, attended committee meetings regarding forms, policies and procedures, and handled the budgeting for her department.
Prior to her position with Schneider Regional Medical Center, Ms. King taught a practical nursing teaching program at the University of the Virgin Island for eight years, and lectured on public health programs to substance abusers. She considers the highlight of her career to be the joy of seeing the number of students who are now doctors, nurses, and medical professionals. Many of her pupils returned to thank her for providing them with the necessary foundation to serve the communities in which they reside.
As a testament to her success in the field, Ms. King was honored as a benefactor of the Sioux Nation in 2004, earned congressional recognition for 35 years of service and a certificate of merit for 25 years of service, and received the Tommy Star Award from the St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce. She prepared for her career by completing coursework toward a master’s degree in hospital administration and obtaining a bachelor’s degree in biology from the College of Saint Elizabeth. Ms. King is also a certified paralegal, via the Washington Online Learning Institute, and a registered medical technologist from The American Association of Bioanalysts.
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