St. John's Medical Center Honors Laboratory Teams During National Medical
Laboratory Professionals Week April 24-30, 2011
Please join St. John’s Medical Center in celebrating and recognizing
medical laboratory professionals. Lab Week celebrates the dedicated professionals
who are often the behind-the-scenes members of a laboratory team with
one goal in mind—improved patient care and outcomes.
“I want to thank our laboratory team members who work together to
provide accurate results for our patients. They are an integral part of
the larger patient care team and life is better for our patients because
of their dedication to the work of the medical laboratory,” said
Pam Maples, CEO, St. John’s Medical Center.
Today, more than 70 percent of all decisions about diagnosis, treatment,
hospital admission and discharge, rest on work done in medical laboratory,
including the patient’s pathology report from our medical laboratories.
Pathologists serve a collaborative role with fellow clinicians--laboratory
technologists, technicians, phlebotomists, and other exceptional members
of the health care team. The result of our work is improved patient outcomes,
wellness, and advances in personalized medicine.
Using state-of-the-art technology and instrumentation, laboratory professionals perform
and supervise tests that not only search for potential health problems
in the hope of identifying
the disease early when it is most treatable, but also guide and assess
the ongoing care of patients.
Laboratories also play a critical, frontline role in the detection of
From small practices in rural towns to big city hospitals, nearly 300,000
medical laboratory professionals and more than 17,000 board-certified
pathologists deliver accurate test results every day.
There are a wide variety of medical laboratory professionals who affect
patient care on a daily basis. Many of them practice in medical laboratories
in hospitals, doctors' offices, clinics, research facilities, blood
banks, public health centers, the Armed Forces, veterinary offices, colleges,
and many industries. They include pathologists, medical technologists,
clinical laboratory scientists, medical laboratory technicians, histotechnologists,
histologic technicians, cytotechnologists, cytopathologists, phlebotomy
technicians, clinical chemists, microbiologists, laboratory managers,
and medical educators. Among the departments that make up the medical
laboratory are chemistry, serology, hematology, cytology, microbiology,
immunology, coagulation, histology, urinalysis, molecular biology, and
the blood bank. All deserve special recognition this week for their commitment
to provide accurate diagnoses for patients.
St. John’s wants to extend special thanks to the laboratory staff
this week as they finish up the 2011 Health Fair Blood Wellness Screenings.
Thanks to them, 4,000 community members received high quality reports
about their blood health.