Holzer Recognizes National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week
April 22 through 28 is National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week. This year’s theme chosen by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) is “Laboratory Professionals Get Results.
Holzer would like to recognize April 22 through 28 as National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week. This year’s theme chosen by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) is “Laboratory Professionals Get Results”. The theme represents to the “can do” attitude of those in the field as well as the critical role laboratory staff play in the continuum of healthcare services. Typically the entire laboratory team works behind the scenes, providing little awareness of the critical testing performed every day to correctly detect, diagnose, and treat diseases, which saves lives, reduces morbidity, and helps control the cost of healthcare.
Medical laboratory professionals work in hospital laboratories, research institutions, public health departments, and university health centers. These professionals are responsible for providing critical lab results to physicians in order to make informed decisions regarding patient care and treatment. In performing and interpreting more than 10 billion laboratory tests annually, laboratory professionals are indeed frontline responders for many organizations. Over 70 percent of medical decisions are based on laboratory test results.
“Holzer’s laboratory staff is made up of highly skilled people with various extents of education and training. Medical Technologists, Cytotechnologists, Medical Laboratory Technicians, Histotechnicians, Pathologists, and Phlebotomists make up the laboratory team,” stated Shari Kebler, BSMT(ASCP), MBA,
Director of Laboratory Services, Holzer Health System. “At Holzer, our laboratory staff performs over three million tests annually. We are fortunate to have a team so dedicated to the care of our patients.”
Holzer provides laboratory services in many of our outpatient locations, inpatient hospitals, and other areas of our healthcare system. Throughout this week, we would like to recognize our Laboratory Staff for the dedication and commitment shown for our patients each and every day of the year.