Laboratory Staff at Stephens Memorial
During National Medical Laboratory
More than 10 billion
medical laboratory tests are performed in the United
States each year to confirm diagnoses, rule out
suspected conditions, or monitor treatment.
Beginning April 20 through April 26, 2008, Stephens
Memorial Hospital is celebrating the contributions of
its laboratory professionals during National Medical
Laboratory Professionals Week.
This year's theme,
"Delivering Today's Results for a Healthier Tomorrow,"
focuses on the test results that help return patients to
"Laboratory medicine provides a crucial
thread that runs through the entire patient care
process," said Ola Melhus, MD, a pathologist at Stephens
Memorial Hospital. "Test results from the
laboratory drive a significant portion of clinical
decisions, from diagnosis to therapy. National
Medical Laboratory Professionals Week provides an
opportunity to honor the contributions of pathologists,
laboratory technologists, and technicians in the
maintenance of wellness, the diagnosis of illness, and
the treatment of disease."
professionals are dedicated to preventing serious
illness and disability from before a child is born and
throughout the golden years of life. Using
state-of-the-art technology and instrumentation, they
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.
also play a critical, front-line role in the detection
of infectious agents, such as those that might be
employed in a bioterrorist attack.
"We are proud of the
work we do, " said Tim Ingram, Director, Clinical
Diagnostics. "Our contribution at the local level is
critical to a process that ultimately protects all of us
from the spread of disease."
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, physician offices,
clinics, blood banks, and research facilities.
Stephens Memorial Hospital Laboratory is accredited by
the College of American Pathologists