Harp Named New NHS Laboratory Director

Harp Named New NHS Laboratory Director

After 38 years of service, Northeastern Health System’s Lab Director, Clint Horn, retired. Filling Horn’s vacated seat is Melissa Harp. Harp, a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS), brings a wide variety of skills and assets to the NHS team. “I have great respect for Clint Horn, who preceded me,” said Harp. “As well as a colleague, Clint is a fellow church member. I’m definitely interested in being part of a team that employed him for 38 years. I am blessed to have him remain as a consultant to help me transition.” When deciding her career path, Harp chose to follow the family business, as many of her family members have made careers in the medical field. “I come from a healthcare family. My dad is a retired MLS, and my mom is a retired LPN. My sister Jennifer is an RN at NHS. It is in my genes,” said Harp. Harp’s 18 years of experience in the laboratory include being the microbiology supervisor with Indian Health Service. She also has a good amount of experience in hematology and is proficient in infectious diseases. “I have worked in all areas of the lab,” said Harp. “Microbiology and Hematology are my passions.” Harp earned her bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory Science from Northeastern State University in 2000, and completed her internship at St. Francis Hospital School of Medical Technology, and is fortunate to have had a large support system along the way. “My dad, David Hayes, he raised me to be curious about the world and let me look into his microscope as a young child. I take after him with a...