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Laboratory Staff at Stephens Memorial Hospital Recognized
During National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

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 good health.
"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."

Medical laboratory 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.
Laboratories 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.
The Stephens Memorial Hospital Laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists

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