Fifty years ago, Americans were captivated by Hollywood stars like Elizabeth Taylor and Peter O'Toole, faithfully watched the Beverly Hillbillies and Bonanza, grooved to the sounds of the Beatles and the Chiffons, and wept when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
In 1963, Louise Capuano entered the workforce as a member of the office staff in the Mercy Lab. In 2013, she celebrated a milestone few people see – a golden work anniversary. Throughout her career, Louise has served in a variety of roles in the lab, including office supervisor and, currently, registrar. She earned her bachelor's degree in business management from Walsh University in 1993.
In her position, Louise has observed the evolution of clinical laboratory science. The biggest changes in the lab, according to Louise, are the result of technology.
"When I started, we processed every sample by hand," she says. "Computer technology has revolutionized what we do. Now our department does so many more tests than ever before, and they are faster and more accurate." One of her fondest memories remains riding on Mercy's Pro Football Hall of Fame Grand Parade float in 2008 when Mercy commemorated its 100th anniversary. Outside of work, Louise enjoys reading, walking and being part of activities at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Canton. In addition, she likes to travel with her nieces and nephews and, at one time, was a competitive ballroom dancer.
The proud daughter of immigrant parents, Louis speaks fluent Italian and has visited her grandparents twice at their home near Rome.
For Louise, the best part of her job is the people. She says, "I love my job! Helping physicians, my co-workers and patients is still the most important thing to me."