Cornerstone Diagnostics @Work

Ashley McCarty
Business Development Director

Many people work in different roles at Cornerstone Diagnostics. The Cornerstone Diagnostics @Work series offers a glimpse behind the scenes into this busy reference laboratory, featuring staff from throughout the organization talking about what they do and why they do it.

What brought you to Cornerstone Diagnostics, and how long have you been here?

I have been with Cornerstone Diagnostics since October, 2022. My enthusiasm for sales and Cornerstone Diagnostics along with my desire to make an impact is what brought me to join this amazing team. I previously worked in sales where I excelled and I have that same goal here.

What is your current role and what does a work day look like for you?

I am a Business Development Director at Cornerstone Diagnostics. A typical work day for me is networking, connecting, and building meaningful relationships. I want to ensure our prospects, partners and customers know that we at Cornerstone Diagnostics are a professional, ethical laboratory that they can trust to understand and prioritize their business needs.

 How does the work you do benefit providers and patients?

I offer a service to providers that assists them with custom testing based on their patient’s needs, this custom testing assists the provider in identifying the cause of their patient symptoms and also monitoring their care and recovery. At Cornerstone Diagnostics we ensure that providers have what they need to provide patient-centered care, improving health outcomes and overall public health. We strive to be the most cost effective, least invasive source of objective information used in decision-making by providers. Due to the statistic that “70% of all medical decisions are based on laboratory data and 70% of a patient's medical record is made up of laboratory data,” I know that the benefits that Cornerstone Diagnostics offer are very valuable to both providers and patients.

Is there anything about your role that people might find surprising or unexpected?

The passion and drive that I have to offer customers may seem unexpected to them. I am filled with empathy for my customers regarding the challenges they face on a daily basis. I strive to make their day a little easier. I have a genuine desire to help. Some may find these characteristics surprising or unexpected in the role that I fill. I believe that these are all important traits for anyone to possess. My passion, drive, empathy and willingness to help are what I strive to be known for today.

What part of your job do you find the most challenging?

I grew up being taught to be the best at whatever I do. The most challenging part of my job would have to be me. When I am passionate about something I give it my all, no holding back. I am a very open, honest and transparent individual. When I am all these things and I fail, that is the most challenging part. I am getting better at accepting failure because I get back up and keep trying. I have come to realize that failure is a chance to begin again, this time more intelligently. Nelson Mandela stated “Don’t judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

What gives you meaning and purpose in your work?

Being given a second chance to have a career in a field that I love is what gives me meaning and purpose in my work and everything I do. In 2011 I lost my career in pharmaceutical sales due to struggling with substance use disorder. I was not only given a second chance to become a business woman and a leader, I was given a second chance at life on July 20, 2013. I have now been in long-term recovery from substance use disorder for over nine years. Meaningful employment is an important factor to my success in recovery. I believe my purpose on this earth is to help others and make a difference. I am capable of doing that in my career with Cornerstone Diagnostics. I am free to be who I am and free to strive to be better today than I was yesterday. Nine years ago, I felt as if I did not have a purpose. Today I have a purpose and my life has meaning. Today the work I do at Cornerstone Diagnostics has purpose and meaning. I am grateful to be part of this company. Today I am blessed beyond measure.

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