Throughout the pandemic, healthcare members have been classified and recognized as “essential, frontline workers”. Each Hugh Chatham team member has exceeded the expectations of this designation from my vantage point, though many of our heroes are not physically on the front lines of care. Although rarely seen or heard by patients and visitors, our laboratory team helps provide patient care through their meticulous detail, technical proficiency, and passion for excellence. This week’s Hugh Chatham Way Highlight focuses on Chris Warf — a shining representation of his department and of Hugh Chatham’s core values of Service, Teamwork, Accountability, Respect, and Safe Care.

Chris is our Blood Bank Section Head, processing hundreds of blood samples each day to confirm blood type and antibody levels. He carefully carries out his responsibilities, one specimen at a time but across countless process steps, ensuring accurate results are provided to our medical staff as they diagnose and treat our patients. His everyday commitment to Teamwork and Safe Care enhances our ability to provide exceptional care to all who are counting on us. And while Chris plays an essential role, in part as a safeguard for patients, this commitment is simply a part of who he is.

As John Wooden quotes, “It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen.” In Chris’ line of work, his attention to the smallest of details helps us provide life-changing healthcare for our patients and community.

Thank you, Chris, for sharing your expertise and daily commitment to our Vision and Values — particularly around Service, Teamwork, and Safe Care. We are blessed to have you as a part of our Hugh Chatham family.

– Paul

Q & A with Chris

What attracted you to pursue science?
“Early in my career, I worked in a factory that made printed circuit boards. They had a laboratory that tested the concentrations of baths. The opportunity to work within a lab peaked my interest however the job required working with harsh chemicals. I thought, “how can I stay in a lab and still save my lungs?” I started researching lab school and am now working on my 10th year as a tech. I have worked at Hugh Chatham for the past five years and and am looking forward to celebrating my work anniversary this month.

What brought you to Hugh Chatham?
“I had always heard great things about Hugh Chatham so I decided to leave my current role at another hospital and join the team here. It is a great organization to work for, with lot of good people and great things going on.”

How do you exhibit STARS?
“I like to intertwine with our patients whenever I have the opportunity. One of the highlights is working with cancer patients. I get to interact with them routinely every week, and some even come twice a week for transfusions. I really get to build a relationship with them, and building a relationship with a cancer center patient can be difficult since you see them for years. Chemotherapy takes down your blood levels, and they have to keep regenerating their blood cells. I take pride in making sure they have a smooth process and a good experience during a difficult time in their life.”

What are some things you like to do for fun?
“I love the outdoors; hunting, fishing, and hiking. I have three little girls, so we are always outside trying to get into something. If I could move my lab outside, then I would be set. My girls are awesome and there is nothing like having three daddy’s girls.”


Chris Warf was nominated by Andrew Tate.