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Monmouth Medical Center Cytogeneticist Honored as National Outstanding Technologist

Cathy Smock
Cathy Smock is pictured at left at the award reception during the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Genetic Technologists held in June in Las Vegas with Patricia LeMay supervisor, Monmouth Medical Center Cytogenetics Laboratory.

Long Branch, N.J. – Monmouth Medical Center cytogeneticist Cathy Smock was recently named National Outstanding Technologist by the Foundation for Genetic Technology at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Genetic Technologists (AGT).

AGT is a non-profit professional organization established to promote cooperation and exchange of information among those engaged in classical cytogenetics, molecular and biochemical genetics, and to stimulate interest in genetics as a career.

Selected by a panel of reviewers from across the country, Smock, a resident of Brick, was recognized for her 39-year career in Monmouth Medical Center’s Cytogenetics Laboratory, as well as her character, leadership ability and contributing above and beyond what her job description. An active member of AGT, Smock has attended the national meeting for eight years, at her own expense, and participated as a presenter.

“Cathy is an asset to the laboratory, as well as Monmouth Medical Center as a whole,” said Patricia LeMay supervisor, Monmouth Medical Center Cytogenetics Laboratory. “To be the nationally recognized Outstanding Technologist is quite an honor for Cathy and for all of us.”

Monmouth Medical Center’s Cytogenetics Laboratory performs chromosome analysis on a variety of specimens, with an emphasis on oncology, and Fluorescent In Situ Hybridization (FISH) studies. Together, these studies aid physicians with the diagnoses of many congenital genetic syndromes and help to classify oncology specimens, which can aid in diagnosis, prognosis and therapies for patients.

To learn more about Laboratory Services at Monmouth Medical Center, call 732-923-7380.

About Monmouth Medical Center
Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, along with the Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, is one of New Jersey's largest academic medical centers and has been a teaching affiliate of Philadelphia’s Drexel University College of Medicine for more than 40 years. From its earliest days, Monmouth Medical Center has been a leader in surgical advancement and has introduced many technological firsts to the region, including robotic surgery and other minimally invasive techniques. The hospital is routinely recognized by HealthGrades, the nation’s largest premier independent health care quality company, for excellence in both emergency medicine and maternity care. U.S. News & World Report has recognized Monmouth as a regional leader in cancer, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery. For more information on Monmouth Medical Center, visit

Date: July 16, 2013

Contact: Elizabeth Brennan

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